Ericsson has set aside EUR 25,000 (approx. $35,000) for the 2014 application awards targeting students and SME’s.
Themed, Apps for Working Life, the 2014 awards are in line with Ericsson’s vision of a Networked Society lobbying for mobility, broadband, the cloud, applications and services.
Now in its fifth year, the awards will have a global contest after several regional competitions in two categories – one for students, and one for small- and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 100 employees.
Ericsson, the leading advocate for Technology for Good in the Networked Society aims to stir innovation to meet prevalent sustainability challenges. The Technology for Good award of EEA 14 will recognize achievement in this area.
According to Ericsson, “Mobile app development is increasingly changing the lives of Africans within the continent. Apps such as M-Pesa which is a mobile-phone based money transfer and MedAfrica, an app which increases access to health care related information to the masses are some of the examples that have proven effective.”
Last year, the winner of the student category was Portugal’s GreenSpark, a global energy efficiency firm while UK’s TboxApps won the company category with their instant messages help service.The first prize is EUR 25,000, second prize is EUR 10,000, and special recognition for innovation supporting Technology for Good. Third to 10th prize diplomas and honorary mentions.
Over 192 teams took part in the 2013 competition compared to last year’s 143.