Android Developer Challenge: First Round App Submission Due on 01 July 2011

More information has emerged about the Google Android Challenge for Sub-Sahara Africa. You can participate by developing a killer application built on Android. You are expected to submit your apps to one of three specially-designated categories beginning June 1st at 12 AM GMT.  Please note that you can only submit an application to a single category.

The available categories include:

  1. Entertainment / Media / Games
  2. Social Networking / Communication
  3. Productivity / Tools / Local / Geo

There is a two round submission process to determine the winner. You have to submit your apps by 01 July 2011 for them to be considered for the competition. There are three competition regions — West & Central Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa. Applications will then be reviewed by our judging committee for the top three apps in each region by category (27 in total).


Judges will consider each entry under the following equally-weighted judging criteria:

  • Originality of Concept,
  • Effective Use of the Android Platform,
  • Polish and Appeal, and
  • Indispensability.

Those who reach the final round, will be awarded Android devices and given six weeks to make their apps even better. Finally, the winners in each category will be announced on September 12th and will be awarded $25,000. A combined total of $75,000 will be awarded.


  • April 14th: Competition begins.
  • June 1st: App submissions open.
  • July 1st: First round submissions are due at 11:59 PM GMT.
  • July 15th: Finalist applications announced.
  • August 30th: Finalist applications are due at 11:59 PM GMT.
  • September 12th: Winners are announced.

Submitting Apps

All applications will be submitted by the communicated deadlines via the online form found on the Android Developer Challenge, SSA website.Note: The contest is open only to applications that have not been published. To be specific, applications that are available on Android Market, any other available apps market, or public website, prior to July 1st, 2011 will not be eligible to participate in the contest.


Prizes will be distributed as follows; all prizes are in USD

    • Semi-Final Round: All teams that make it to the final round in each category in each region will be awarded Android phones
    • Final Round: 1st prize in each category across all regions will receive $25,000 USD and the chance to attend a Google developer event.


The Android Developer Challenge contest is open only to applications that have not been made publicly available through the Android Market, any other available apps market, or public website, prior to July 1st, 2011. Additionally, applications that were entered into other mobile contests are ineligible for the contest, regardless of whether they were winning apps. Similarly, updated versions of applications entered in other contests are ineligible.

When you enter an application in the Android Developer Challenge, we will make it available to all contest judges for free, exclusively for the purposes of judging. If you intend to sell your application after the conclusion of the contest, you may submit a “trial” version of the application for judging. We recommend that your trial version include full functionality, but with a timed expiration, rather than including limited functionality with no expiration.

Judges will evaluate your application based only on the functionality accessible to them, so it makes sense to provide the fullest range of capabilities possible in your contest app. All submitted applications must run on Android 2.2 and higher and the user interface must be in English or French. Teams can be no more than 3 people. All team members’ names must be listed when submitting the application for the Android Developer Challenge.

For full details of eligibility and how to submit your application, see the official Google Android Challenge page.