Thursday, February 14, 2013

Kenyan Teams Win in Ericsson's 'Apps for African City Life' Award

Ericsson on Wednesday announced the winners of the 'Apps for African City Life' competition. Senegal's Team Shinsekai bagged the first prize for developing an app that aims to support environmental sanitation and hygiene development in cities.

The second and third prizes went to two Kenyan teams, Easy Parking for their app that aims at helping motorists locate and pay for available parking areas thus reducing fuel consumption, and Tokelezea for their app which enables individuals to locate events and places around them and share the information with their friends.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Ericsson's sub-Saharan Africa marketing and strategy head, Shiletsi Makhofane said, "Applications are an integral part of our vision for the Networked Society. Team Shinsekai developed an application that addresses global sustainability, and will improve the quality of life on the continent. We applaud them, and share the team's commitment to connecting people across Africa and beyond to a better life."

About Apps for African City Life

The 'Apps for African City Life' award was designed to inspire innovation and promote the development of mobile applications that address the demands of business and daily life in urban centers across Africa's Networked Society. 

The competition was part of the 2013 Ericsson Application Awards, an annual global competition for application developers. All participants in the regional competition are also automatically entered into the global competition where they stand a chance to win prize money of  €25 000.

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