The winners of the just concluded Mobile App Challenge held at Kenya Teachers Training College in Gigiri, Nairobi. The Mobile App Competition which was held by AVIC International Holding Corporation in conjunction with Gear Box has seen Samson Amenia a student from Egerton University, Dismus Kiplagat from Mount Kenya University and Mary Wangechi from University of Eldoret emerge the top three winners.
The competition which was held under Africa Tech Challenge programme saw hundreds of young tech savvy youth from all walks of life participate with hopes of their mobile applications being considered the best.
The Mobile App Challenge competition involved developing a Mobile Application which would be used as a platform for young Kenyans with innovations to upload their ideas and potential investors on the other hand view these innovations with possibilities of funding them. To determine the finalists, elimination method was used to choose participants who showed resilience in completing all assigned tasks on time and satisfied the criteria the judges liked. The final finalists then presented their work before a panel of 7 judges where after careful deliberation, the best apps were chosen.
Speaking during the awarding ceremony, AVIC International’s Project Manager Lynette Ndile commended all the participants for taking part in the competition. ” We at AVIC are amazed at the great creativity and potential the young Kenyans have shown in this competition. This shows that we are on the right path in encouraging young minds to create innovations that will create jobs and also enhance the spirit of entrepreneurship, not only in Kenya but also around the world.”
Praising the competition, top winner 22-year-old Samson Amenia said,” The training by Africa Tech Challenge (ATC) was intense; we were introduced to new capabilities that we didn’t know much about. The mentorship offered by individuals in the technology field also gave us great hope”
According to Gear Box, aligned with the Nation’s Vision 2030, the Mobile App contest was aimed to help recent college graduates and youth who have basic knowledge of computer programming to be trained in mobile app development and thereafter successfully produce a user-friendly app for connecting Kenyan students’ innovations with the public for showcasing their skills and generating interest among local and global companies who are looking for top talent in Kenya.
The the top three winners walked home with the top cash prizes of $ 5000, $2000 and $1000 respectively.