Applications for the Huawei Apps UP 2021 competition for African developers closes on Sep 5th

$200 000 in prizes up for gabs

The HUAWEI Apps UP 2021 contest is now live. Mobile App developers across the African continent are invited to showcase their best work for a chance to win a share of $200,000 in cash prizes among other prizes.

App developers in the region will compete against peers in across the Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and China for a share of the total US$1 million prize pool. Categories to enter into include “Best Application Award”, “Best Game Award”, “Most Social Impact App”, “Best HMS Core Innovation Award”, “All Scenario Coverage Award”, “Excellent Student Award”, “Starlight Creative Award” and “Honourable Mention Award”.  

HUAWEI Apps UP 2021 will also offer developers the opportunity to become a part of a massive mobile ecosystem, opening the door to a global market for local developers. By joining the contest and onboarding their Apps to HUAWEI AppGallery, entrants will gain access to over 730 million Huawei global smartphone users, increasing access to potential partners and investors.

Being part of this competition means having access to all of the open capabilities offered by HUAWEI Core, which enables developers to design and create innovative applications, alone or jointly with global Application developers, using almost 60 ready-to-use developer kits that allow them to create winning Applications for any industry type, including travel, ecommerce, finance, gaming and entertainment. These Kits also allow Apps to function optimally on Huawei smartphones creating a better user experience.  

Submissions for the competition close on 5 September 2021 is open to devs from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mauritius, and Zimbabwe among other African countries.

How to enter:

  1. Visit the HUAWEI Apps UP website
  2. Register an account: Sign up as an individual or a team of up to three members
  3. Design or create your App integration one or more HMS Core kits
  4. Submit your App before 5 September 2021

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