Since January, Africa Android Challenge (#AAC) is back again with its second edition!
The challenge is a two-round process. The first round qualifies the contestants from each region/country, while the second (and final) round defines winners of AAC in each category of the competition. We have just completed the first round!
We have received more submissions than expected from across the African continent. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their contribution to make this success happen: about 300 developers from over 30 countries submitted applications!
More than 30 tech events have been organized across Africa from Tunisia to Mozambique to celebrate the challenge and its winners and to learn about Android from experts. The attendees of these events have been remarkable by their passion, enthusiasm, desire to share ideas and knowledge. Their commitment has been a great inspiration for the IT industry in Africa. Hence, this challenge is clearly moving Africa forward!
The most prolific country has been Cameroon, closely followed by Ivory Coast (see graph among pictures shared). We were pleased to receive apps from countries participating in AAC for the first time, such as Mauritania, Rwanda, Angola, etc… Many women groups joined the movement, including in Kenya, Tunisia, and Cameroon.
AAC is designed to motivate and encourage African developers to create innovative applications driven by local content. We were happy to discover KSL Fingerspelling, an app developed in Kenya to learn sign language. Please, have a look at the demo (KSL Fingerspelling Android App Walkthrough
). We have also consolidated a playlist of youtube videos from AAC participants, each marketing their own inventions (Youtube Playlist).
The results of this challenge lead us to believe once again that the African IT community is full of talents ready to be discovered and invested upon… The semi-finalists will be revealed soon. #aac2014 #aac