Google Holds Android Developer Challenge

In what looks like a battle to win over more developers to its android platform, Google has announced “Android Developer Challenge” in Sub-Sahara Africa. Samsung launched a similar initiative in Nigeria in 2010 to entice developers to its platform. The race to win the developers ecosystem is generating a lot of heat and the developers are the ones enjoying the benefits.

Just last week (13 to 15 April 2011), Nokia organised a Qt and Java training for developers in Lagos. The three day training workshop was organised to give an average developer an overview of Java ME, review the exciting opportunities offered by Nokia’s Ovi Store, and cover Mobile Java programming essentials as well as mobile application development with Qt Quick. It was a fantastic opportunity for developers who were able to  get guidance on their application development.

According to the press release on Google africa blog,

The Android Developer Challenge is designed to encourage the creation of cool and innovative Android mobile apps built by developers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Invent apps that delight users and you stand a chance to win an Android phone and 25,000 USD. To get started, choose from one of three defined eligible categories (see below), build an Android app in a team or by yourself, and submit it via the competition website by July 1st. The winning app will be announced on September 12th at G-Kenya

The challenge will focus on 3 main categories:

  • Entertainment / Media / Games
  • Social Networking / Communication and
  • Productivity / Tools / Lifestyle

If this looks like something that interests you, visit the code page for terms and conditions.