By Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri
The fate of the 48 developers who have made it to the second round of the ongoing MTN App Challenge Season V is yet unknown as they appear before the panel of judges to defend their app.
The participants who are yearning to pick the ultimate prize took their turn to explain to the judges the technical and business aspect of their work such as the processes involved in coding, workable business modules, target audience and in return obtained feedbacks from the judges.
At the end of round two, some will be selected to compete at the final stage of the competition scheduled on 6th June, 2018.
The Senior Manager, Product and Services, MTN, Bless SefenuAgordjo said after a massive roadshow campaign in some tertiary institutions, 250 ideas were received from university students, freelancers and from Senior High Schoolstudents out of which a total of 95 projects were submitted.6 projects were received for the Video Animation category, 6 Internet of Things and 83 Mobile Apps.
He noted that these projects were however screened at the first round, which was purely an introduction of the projectsout of which 48 were selected for the round two including 8 females.
MrAgordjo added that the entries for this year far exceeds last year with a lot of females taking steps to participate in this male dominated area.
Unique Feature of Season V
He posited that the MTN Apps Challenge is seeking to empower and reward local app developers with over Ghc250,000 cash prizes this year.
According to him, aside the three main categories for entries which are Internet of Things (IoTs), Mobile Apps and Animated videos, the Best Female project developer and the KatAppult initiative were added.
He indicated that the KatAppult initiative is a commercialization project which seeks to refine and commercialize winning ideas of MTN Apps challenge creators.
Mr. Agordjo intimated that this would be done in a four thronged process of discovering the innovation, refining the business models while looking for early adopters, developing the innovation and commercializing the innovation.