Kenyan App Developers, win Ksh350,000 with Orange API challenge


Whether you are a startup or existing developer based in Kenya, here is a chance for you to make use of the existing orange APIs and make an app. In doing so you can get a chance of winning Ksh350,000 and even represent Kenya in Cairo, Egypt. But before any app is made Orange wants you to come up with the best ideas that will be checked by qualified panel of judges. If you think you have the next big idea then do not hesitate to submit your ideas.

Kenyan startups which can demonstrate the use of existing Orange APIs (SMS, USSD and Operator billing) in their app development can now submit their app development ideas for the Orange API AMEA (African, Middle East and Asian Countries) Developer Challenge. These startups will join startups from 14 other AMEA countries, for instance from Tunisia, Jordan, Mali, Botswana and Guinea Bissau, in competing with startups from France for a jackpot of 10,000 Euros.

If you don’t know what an API is, its an abbreviation of Application Program Interface, which is a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications. The API specifies how software components should interact and APIs are used when programming graphical user interface (GUI) components.  A good API makes it easier to develop a program by providing all the building blocks. A programmer then puts the blocks together.

Idea submission

-The Challenge for the startups is to post any idea that uses any of the Orange APIs (SMS, Operator Billing, USSD).

-The ideas will be vetted by a qualified panel of judges and only 10 best ideas from Kenya will be given a go to develop the applications.

-From the 10 applications developed, 3 best applications will be selected to win cash prizes below:


Prizes to be won

The 3 best applications in Kenya will win the following

-1st prize-Ksh.350,000+ Orange Klif smartphone.

-1st Runners up- Ksh.100,000+ Orange Klif smartphone.

-2nd Runners up- Ksh.50,000+ Orange Klif smartphone.

The winner from Kenya will represent the country later this year in Cairo, Egypt and compete with 12 other participants from the other countries for a cash prize of 10,000 euros.

Register here to enter the Orange API challenge. Deadline for submission is 15th September 2015.