The app competition, held last Saturday saw 13 app developers with Swahili apps in utility, games and information categories recognized and awarded.
The competition was looking for developers in mobile application development for Java (j2me) apps, HTML5 (web) apps, BlackBerry apps, Android and other mobile technologies.
Techno in partnership with Zalego trained 180 students freely to develop applications for Tecno Android OS handsets.
Dubbed the Afmobi challenge and held at Kenyatta University, the Tecno and Zalego competitions are also running in Nigeria and Ethiopia.
The top 13 Kenyan app developers rewarded this Saturday were;
Bonyeza, developed by David Kirui, at 13th position. It’s an Android application integrated with Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) codes for top mobile operators in East Africa into an app.
The apps provides USSD codes for Yu, Safaricom, Airtel Kenya, Orange Kenya, MTN Uganda and Vodacom(Tanzania).
Newsblast, by Joshua Mankone, took 12th position and enables users receive real-time content updates from online services such as My Yahoo!, Newsgator, Bloglines, and other news feed aggregators.
Betxudoku, a sudoku mobile puzzle solving game took the 11th position. The app is developed by Jonathan Kibet.
At 10th position was Bhakitah Tech Solution, a game which capitalises on Kenya’s entry into Somalia to fight the Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen terrorist group (HSM, commonly known as Al-Shabaab or movement of the youth). The game simulates a battle in the warfield.
Breaking News, another news aggregator took the ninth position. The app aggregates breaking news in sports, politics, science and technology, and business. It is developed by Daniel Thuranira.
Kenya Basketball developed by Shem Tuti took the eighth position and is dedicated to tracking and keeping up to date with local basketball leagues in Kenya.
Seventh place went to an app built atop the Yellow Pages places directory listing, Directory Kenya. The app helps list places such as hotels and restaurants, cab hire agencies, tour and airline agencies, supermarkets, banks and other locations based on information from Yellow Pages. The app is developed by Startappzke.
Real Estate Finder took the sixth position and is an app which provides information of properties for lease and purchase. It is developed by Kavata Everlyne.
At position five was Campus Guide, an app developed by Steve Mbuvi, which gives information that helps prospective students looking to take courses in higher education institutions. The developer says the app is able to give more clarity on what colleges and courses to pick, based on the career path the student wishes to take after study.
Fourth position was taken by African Flags, an app developed by Paul Kirugu Chege. The app shows flags of African countries, the history behind the flags and information on the country capitals, their sizes and currencies used in those countries.
Third place is an app targeting farmers, especially in Kenya which heavily relies on small-scale farming. Jmavuno is developed by Joy Nyamai and assists farmers to query the export companies databases to compare the prices offered by various firms for their produce. The information is supposed to help farmers cut out middlemen who are notorious for purchasing produce from farmers at quite low prices and reselling them to firms at huge markups.
At second place was Tour Africa by Ndiangui Kinyagi. The app acts as your guide to major African cities, providing information such as key attractions, local weather, currency rates and tips on hotels and restaurants.
The top app was an Android app, Idaktari, which is a utility app that enables medical staff to schedule and organize patient appointments. The app is developed by Gideon Kyalo.
All 13 finalists received a Tecno Android handset. The top three also walked away with cash prizes, with third place taking home KSh. 100,000, second place KSh. 150,000 and first place KSh. 200,000.