SECOND ARAB MOBILE APP CHALLENGE ANNOUNCED
The Arab Mobile App Challenge's second edition was launched by Ooredoo and Applied Innovation Institute with the promise that it will be bigger and better this year.
After the success of last year (reportedly over 15% of participants who reached the semi-finals in 2013 now have startup businesses) the Arab Mobile App Challenge is back and will include all countries in the pan-Arab world. Any team with two to six members, all over the age of 18, with at least one member a citizen of an Arab country and with seed funding less than $100,000 is eligible to submit their idea for a mobile app that will make an impact on the education, health, entertainment and employability/entrepreneurship sectors. This year the programme will offer on-theground activities in many of the Arab countries in addition to web-based ones. The Arab teams will be competing with teams from North America and South East Asia, and the winning teams will receive financial rewards up to $25,000 (QR91,000) and a chance to compete in the Global App Challenge in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
AII's Dr Paris Del'Etraz, said: “The app market is growing at a speed we never envisioned, changing the way we interact with the world and transforming opportunities around us. “This is the perfect platform to provide spaces for young Arabs to express ideas, launch start-ups, and develop new and authentic Arabic content that is highly demanded.” Participants also benefit from support programmes, including mentorship, partner matching and development training to realise their start-up goals. In Qatar, the programme will be supported by the Qatar Business Incubation Centre.
Winners of last year's Arab Mobile App Challenge