Sunday, 5 May 2013
Ericsson fetes Kenya winners of “Apps for African City Life” awards
Members of the two Kenyan teams – Tokelezea and Easy Parking - that emerged winners in the Ericsson “Apps for African City Life” awards that were announced in February this year have been by the company and awarded their prizes.
The five software developers – two from Tokelezea and three from Easy Parking – were each handed an “ASUS Transformer Pad” tablet.
“The rate of IT innovation in Kenya is very commendable. In the 2013 edition of the Ericsson Application Awards, one third of the entries of the sub-Saharan contenders came from Kenya,” noted Mr Rudin. Tokelezea is an app that helps people find fun things to do around them like places to go, events to attend and cinema listings. Users can also find out what their friends are up to.
The second app, Easy Parking, is a mobile application intended to help motorists locate available parking areas easily. With the help of sensors installed in the parking lots, a user will be able to locate available parking lots. This will reduce time spent trying to look for a parking spot and eventually reduce fuel consumption.
The app was developed by Thomas Kioko, Phoebe Mutua and Trevor Maingi. “The Easy Parking app helps people to save time and fuel as well as money. I used to drop off Mum to work before heading to school and due to the problems related with locating parking spaces, I decided to develop the app,” said Thomas Kioko.
The overall winners of the competition was Senegal’s Team Shinsekai who developed an app that aims to support environmental sanitation and hygiene development in cities.
Teams were required to develop an application based on the Android platform that addresses the theme, ‘Apps for African City Life’ which is designed to promote the development of innovative ideas and mobile applications to address situations particular to urban centers across the region. In tandem, the rate of urbanization in Africa is widely recognized as the most rapid in the world.
The members of the winning teams in the regional competition will each receive top-of-the -range android tablets and all application submissions will be automatically entered into the global competition - EAA 2013 – “Apps for City Life”, for the chance to win a €25,000 cash prize.