Two Kenyans among winners of Google Android Developer Challenge.

Posted on September 13, 2011

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Android Developer Challenge winners from Kenya.

Two Kenyan applications are among the three winners of the Google Sub-Saharan Africa Android Developer Challenge.

The two, Olalashe and Shoppers’ Delight were chosen from hundreds of developers in Sub-Saharan Africa who submitted applications across three broad categories.

These were  apps related to entertainment, media and games; apps related to social networking and communication; and apps related to productivity, tools, and local and geo services.

The winners were chosen from a shortlist of 29 finalists who were then provided with new phones, mentoring from Googlers and also given six weeks to improve their applications.

Also in the winners category was Afrinolly  from Nigeria.

Each winner according to Google will be awarded $25,000 to help them build and grow their business, and will receive additional mentoring from Google employees to help them make their app even better.

Other finalists also received  judges mentions like  Rainbow Racer and Wedding Plandroid; the developers of those apps will each receive $5,000.

See the list of winners below:

Entertainment/Media/Games

Afrinolly – Nigeria Team:FansConnectOnline Limited

Afrinolly brings African movies to your pocket, allowing you to watch movie trailers, read entertainment news and gossip, track celebs, listen to music and share it all with your friends.

Social/Communication

Olalashe – Kenya Team: David Lemayian, Capefield Ltd.

Olalashe (which means “brother” in Maasai) is a geo-alert application that can help you communicate when you’re in trouble, through a widget that can send your location and a pre-set message to your ‘In Case of Emergency’ contacts with the push of a button.

Productivity

Shoppers’ Delight – Kenya Team: Elan Telemedia Ltd

Shoppers’ Delight is a shopping application that allows shoppers to compare product prices across different area supermarkets. The app also helps shoppers discover bargains and relevant sales, and access maps and health information.

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