Amac mobile app competition returns
Dubai, August 21, 2014
Applied Innovation Institute, Ooredoo and Pearson have announced the return of the ‘Arab Mobile App Challenge’ (Amac) for the second year in a row.
The challenge, which saw thousands of participants enter in 2013, will help foster innovation and entrepreneurship amongst young people in Mena. Entrants are tasked with designing a mobile app for one of four sectors: healthcare, entertainment, education or ‘other’, a statement said.
In addition to acquiring new business, employability and technological skills, entrants also have the chance to win cash prizes of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 for first, second and third places, respectively, it said.
Winners are also given the opportunity to compete in the ‘Global Mobile App’ competition held at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. This will provide young entrepreneurs from this region a chance to connect with founders of other digital start-ups, and meet with potential business sponsors.
Entry to Amac 2014 is open to the entire region. Acceleration and webinar workshops for all selected teams will begin in September, the statement said.
Amac entrants will receive mentoring from experienced business representatives, who will help participants develop their ideas from concept stage through to completion, with a view to creating viable business ventures for the Mena market, it said.
The challenge has been designed to teach the region’s young people the skills needed for business start-up. More than 15 per cent of participants from last year’s challenge who made it to semi-final stage, now own start-up businesses. – TradeArabia News Service