Huawei Launches its 2021 App Development Competition for Developers Across Africa, $200K Up for Grabs

Huawei has announced the launch of its 2021 App development competition for developers across Africa. Dubbed Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest (Apps UP), the competition will also be held in the Middle East Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and China. 

The theme for this year’s Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest is “HMS Innovate for All”. Huawei has set aside US$1 million from the Shining Star Program as prize money for the contest. 

‘’A call has been made once again to developers around the World to put their skills to the test on a Global stage with the launch of the 2021 HUAWEI HMS App Innovation Contest, Apps UP. ‘’ Huawei said in a statement. 

The competition aims to inspire talented developers around the World to create seamless, smart, and innovative digital experiences, and explore the future of digital intelligence. By highlighting pioneering HMS open capabilities, the competition gives App developers the tools to build tomorrow’s all-connected World. This includes constructing the future of technology and bringing all-scenario smart life experiences to Huawei end users in over 170 countries and regions, reaching over 650 million Huawei users globally. 

US$200,000 will be allocated for the  award winners in Middle East and Africa:  Best Application Award, Best Game Award, Most Social Impact Award, Best HMS Core Innovation Award, All-Scenario Coverage Award, Excellent Student Award , Starlight Creative Award, and Honourable Mention Award. 

This year’s contest also includes a new Tech Women’s Award, and will feature speeches from outstanding women in tech, with the goal of supporting and encouraging – together with HUAWEI Women Developers – female developers in realising their dreams by pursuing groundbreaking work.

Winners are also eligible for additional rewards, such as HUAWEI AppGallery promotional resources, Huawei cloud resources, and exclusive incentives for paid HMS Core capabilities, among others. 

How to enter

To enter, participants must register an account on the official competition website, between 14 June and 20 August 2021 and sign up as either an individual or as a team of up to three members. 

All Apps must be developed integrating HMS Core and submitted on the same website by 20 August 2021. The panel of judges will pre-select work based on social value, business value, user experience and originality, and this will happen between 21 August and 9 September. From there, the top 20 shortlisted apps in each region will be made available to the public to download and vote for their favourites on the competition’s official website or HUAWEI AppGallery from 11 September to 23 September, before making their way to the finals in October. 

Judges for the contest include technical experts, executives and founders in finance and tech, leading tech media voices, and representatives from non-profit sectors. 

Last year, the HUAWEI HMS App Innovation Contest attracted more than 3,000 teams from over 170 countries and regions in the five competition regions. 20 outstanding Apps were shortlisted in each region, among thousands of HMS innovative Apps submitted.

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