TeamKenya and Trokxi are nominated in the student category and Nimdee mobile is nominated in the company category.
TeamKenya developed an application that makes it easier for electorates to know and interact with political aspirants in their location, to learn more about the laws and topics surrounding electoral processes, get the latest electoral news and also to be informed of the latest electoral events.
Team Trokxi developed an application that provides you with estimated fares to make informed decisions for public transportation. It helps you budget your trips, save money, time and minimize transport-related frauds.
Team Nimdee developed an application that enables African merchants to access bigger markets on the continent and also the global market, while allowing merchants to reach their customers on the same platform.
The three teams from Africa are competing for the first place spot with teams from China, United Kingdom, USA, Romania, Poland, Portugal and Brazil.
Speaking about the semi-finalists, Ericsson’s Sub-Saharan Africa Marketing and Strategy Head Shiletsi Makhofane said “We are proud to have three teams from Africa among the semi-finalists. From politics to business and transportation, these teams have developed applications that will improve the quality of life on the continent and beyond. Africa is a mobile continent, and application development is one of the continent’s growing industries.”
The Ericsson Application Awards is an annual competition for application developers organized by Ericsson. To ensure that the winning applications can be used by as many people as possible, this competition is for Android applications.
The purpose of this year’s theme “Apps for City Life” is to promote innovations towards the Networked Society by connecting people, things and places to empower individuals and society.
The semi-finalist apps will be reviewed by approximately 900 users representing 9 large cities from different parts of the world such as New York, Johannesburg, Sydney, Shanghai.
When this second evaluation phase is concluded, 4 finalist-teams will be selected for the finals. Winning teams will receive €25,000 in prize money in each category.