Google Announces Africa Android Challenge 2012

Google, on 20 December 2011, announced its 2012 Africa Android Challenge.  The Africa Android Challenge is a platform for Google to discover the best developers and Android experts on the African continent.  Interested developers are expected to create innovative applications and produce local “African” content.  In addition, they will be able to submit lectures related to Android on the Android Platform via the Google University Consortium Program.

While Google sees this as a community driven effort, it also believes will be way to assure the long-term success of African developers invested in the Android application environment. At the end of the competition, we expect to discover unexpected, rich, and valuable local Africa content and applications.

Rules of the competition

The competition is a two round process with semi-finals and finals and consists of the 2 following sections:

  • Android Apps: There will be one winner each for the following sessions –
    • Education/Reference
    • Games: Arcade/Action
    • Social Networking
    • Lifestyle
    • Productivity/Tools
    • Media
    • Entertainment
    • Travel
    • Misc
  • Android Courses: There will also be one winner
  • Android Business view
  • Business model behind Android
  • Android Ecosystem
  • Type of Android application
  • Content and monetization
  • Android for startup
  • Android platform
    • Android main functionalities
    • Some major features
    • Design patterns that will help programmer
    • Android Workshop
  • In the first round (semi-finals), participants compete by country as defined by the competition organizers. The winners from each section and each country graduate to the final round.

    • Winners of Semi-finals will be selected on February 15 and will receive an Android device.  Subsequently, they will have four more weeks to improve their apps and/or courses.
    • At the end of the four weeks they will resubmit their apps and courses for a final review.
    • The finalist from each section will win the coveted prize (an all-expenses-paid-for trip to G| [Country] event or Google University Consortium event in his region.

    To learn more about the Africa Android Challenge, click here. See below for important dates.

    • December 20, 2011 – Africa Android Challenge announced
    • December 20, 2011 – submission site opens developers submit apps and courses
    • February 15, 2012 – deadline for submitting apps or courses
    • February 29, 2012 – end of first round – judges announce winners
    • March 1st, 2012 – re-submission site opens
    • June 1st, 2012 –  deadline for resubmitting apps or courses
    • June 15, 2012- end of second round – judges announce winners
      More details such as eligibility, rules, and conditions will be published soon