Submissions close for Safaricom Challenge

August 21, 2015 9:19 am23 comments
Safaricom's Director of Strategy and Innovation, Joseph Ogutu and Ian wambaiNAIROBI, (CAJ News) - SUBMISSIONS for the third Safaricom Appwiz Challenge have closed with some 320 participants submitting their entries.

The challenge is focused on solutions that leverage short message service
(SMS), unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) and cloud for
engagement with customers as well as developing the next generation of
mobile technology businesses by working with start-ups to monetize their
solutions.

A panel of industry experts is currently reviewing the entries, a majority
of the submissions being mobile solutions targeting the Customer
Engagement and Mobile Convenience categories.

Safaricom's Director of Strategy and Innovation, Joseph Ogutu, said
organizers of the competition were seeing a shift towards the development
of unique solutions leveraging on mobile technology, a departure from past
editions of the Appwiz Challenge where entrants focused largely on
creating apps.

“This year we revamped the categories to allow more diverse entries and
the applicants have risen to the challenge," said Ogutu.

The 2015 edition of the three-month developer challenge was launched on
July 20, giving applicants a month to develop and submit their ideas to
any one of four categories including: Customer Engagement Solutions,
Safaricom Product Excellence Solutions, Mobile Convenience and Out of the
Box Solutions.

Participants selected to go into the second stage of the competition - the
interview stage - will be contacted via e-mail on Monday and invited to
present their solutions to a panel of judges next Friday at Strathmore
University.

The finalists will then proceed into the three-month incubation stage.

The Safaricom Appwiz Challenge Grand Winner will receive a cash grant of
Ksh1,5 million, while the first runner-up and second runner up will
receive Kshs 1 million and Kshs 500 000 respectively. 

– CAJ News
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