ForgetMeNot Africa has a announced the finalists for the Kipokezi App Challenge Hackathon slated for May 4, 2012, in Nairobi, Kenya.
The shortlisted developers include David Lemayian of “Kenya Premier League” app, Elvis Bando with “Zahanati”; Anthony Musyoki “Exchange” and “SMS Saver,” Mwema Jacob “M-Kazi,” Bosco Wambua “Ujingani” and “Numberfacts,” Nick Hargreaves “Tokelezea” and “Erevuka” David Mark “M-Changa.”
ForgetMeNot Africa said the shortlisted candidates will now have to work extra hard to polish up their apps, and that they should put more work into their apps to make them more competitive before the winner is announced.
ForgetMeNot Africa explained winning teams or individuals can refine their ideas whilst working with mentors of ForgetMeNot Africa, Safaricom and iHUB. On May 6, 2012 the final ideas, code and business case from each App will be presented to the judging panel and the winner will be then be announced.
The winners of the app challenge will receive seed capital to start their ventures.
The company that help users access mail and to access sites like Facebook on their non-data phones has been encouraging developers create apps on top of their platform.
The Kipokezi app challenge seeks to empower Kenyan developers to create new SMS applications or games that use the ForgetMeNot Africa Optimiser Platform. It has an open API protocol, which means developers can easily come up with applications that are embedded on ForgetMeNot’s frame work.
ForgetMeNot Africa has organized the three-day event in collaboration with iHUB and Safaricom Kipokezi. The firm has in the past organized a similar app contest called the ZeTXT App Challenge in Zimbabwe.