2012 Africa Android Challenge

Overview

The Africa Android Challenge is an opportunity to discover the best developers and Android experts on the African continent.  The contestants have an opportunity to create innovative applications and produce local “African” content.  In addition, they can submit lectures related to Android on the Android Platform via the Google University Consortium Program.

This whole effort is community driven and is a way to assure the long-term success of African developers invested in the Android application environment.  We also expect that such initiative will lead to the discovery of unexpected, rich, and valuable local content and applications.

Rules of the competition
The competition is a two round process with semi-finals and finals and consists of the 2 following sections:

  • Android Apps
  • Android Courses

In the first round (semi-finals), participants compete by country as defined by the competition organizers. The winners from each section and each country graduate to the final round.

  • Winners of Semi-finals will be selected on February 15 and will receive an Android device.  Subsequently, they will have four more weeks to improve their apps and/or courses.
  • At the end of the four weeks they will resubmit their apps and courses for a final review.
  • The finalist from each section will win the coveted prize (an all-expenses-paid-for trip to G| [Country] event or Google University Consortium event in his region.

    Section I: Android Apps driven by and for local content  (one winner by section) :

    • Education/Reference
    • Games: Arcade/Action
    • Social Networking
    • Lifestyle
    • Productivity/Tools
    • Media
    • Entertainment
    • Travel
    • Misc

    Section II: Android Courses (one winner by section) :

    • Android Business view
      • Business model behind Android
      • Android Ecosystem
      • Type of Android application
      • Content and monetization
      • Android for startup
    • Android platform
      • Android main functionalities
      • Some major features
      • Design patterns that will help programmer
      • Android Workshop

    Agenda

    This time line will be confirmed
    • December 20, 2011 – Africa Android Challenge announced
    • December 20, 2011 – submission site opens developers submit apps and courses
    • February 15, 2012 – deadline for submitting apps or courses
    • February 29, 2012 – end of first round – judges announce winners
    • March 1st, 2012 – resubmission site opens
    • June 1st, 2012 –  deadline for resubmitting apps or courses
    • June 15, 2012- end of second round – judges announce winners

    Updates on this : www.androidchallenge.org

Google Content Creators’ Workshop

Google’s partners and help the Nigerian content community understand and take advantage of new ways Nigerians are experiencing the Internet and consuming media. Google will be holding a content creator’s workshop today to officially launch YouTube in Nigeria.

The workshop is targeted at producers, directors, script writers, artists and freelancers from the entertainment industry, as well as media and advertising industry professionals, brand and corporate marketers, educators, bloggers, social influencers, device manufacturers and media technologists.

Senior Google executives and top product specialists from around the world will give presentations and provide training focused on the power of digital content creation and distribution. Our goal is to showcase

The Content Creators workshop will include panels and discussions featuring Googlers and some of our partners, covering topics such as:

  •     Self-publishing and distribution using the Internet and new media channels
  •     Promoting brands and engaging customers using new media
  •     New media challenges and innovation
  •     Digitising analog content for digital media channels
  •     Developing creative talent
  •     Success stories in new media education, activism, civic/community participation and collaboration

Day: Content Creators Workshop

Today – Wednesday, December 7, 2011

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Venue: Civic Center

It promises to be a great event not just from an educational point of view but also from a networking point of view.

Those of us who can spare time from our busy schedules should endeavor to make it.