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

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