INTERNATIONAL. Winners of Nokia’s calling all innovators “Bil3arabi” 2009 contest, a developer competition for Arabic-language mobile applications, have been announced.
The grand prize winner of US$100,000 went to “Here I am” from Enpronomics in Egypt. It is a user-friendly, geo-presence application with personal safety features that enables users to call for help in emergencies, share their location with family, close friends and know the location of their beloved.
In second place, and winner of US$25,000 in cash, is Elmathbakh created by private developers Senai Refai and her husband Kamel Seghaier from Tunisia.
Elmathbakh is an application that helps people keep track of their daily calorie intake. Its various features have been designed especially for Arabic diets.
“We are very excited to see the level of interest that this competition has generated since we announced it in June, demonstrating to us the great potential that this region holds in application and content development.
The fact that this competition focused on the region and Arabic content certainly energized developers here to take part.
We saw varied levels of entries that included really great apps, some that still need work and tests, as well as documented ideas that need implementation.
I think we have created great momentum and we need to maintain it together,” said Wendy Weckstrom, Services Marketing Manager for Ovi Store, MEA.
She continued, “Congratulations to the grand and second prize winners, as well as the ones selected for Judge’s Choice for their innovative ideas that are sure to grab the attention of Nokia users in the Middle East and across the world.”
The other top 10 applications that have received the Judge’s Choice Award will get a one-year membership in Forum Nokia Launchpad, which enables members to receive access to exclusive resources and support to accelerate mobile application development and elevate developer’s business visibility in the mobile world.
These applications are OI2ot by Inficron, Arabian HawkGood by News 4 me, AlMoosiqar by Quirkat, Yoolki, Sarhan by Good News 4 me, Messagei, Wassal by Inficron, Moodi by MT2, Konooz, and Frenzo.
In addition to the cash prize, the grand prize winner will receive a “spotlight” placement featuring the winning application for 4 weeks on the top page of Nokia’s Ovi Store; and paid travel to demo the winning application at a Nokia specified event.
The winning application will also be reviewed by Nokia for possible preload on future Nokia devices. Second place will also receive a “spotlight” placement featuring the winning application for 3 weeks on a relevant category page on Nokia’s Ovi Store.