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Our panel of technology and civil society luminaries have decided! Here are the winners!

How long does the contest run?

The contest runs July 1st- August 31st at 11:59PM EAT.


What do the winners get?

The winners will a small bit of fame and fortune — cash prizes, gadgets (iPhone 4G, Android phone, etc.) and a chance to hob nob with our judges panel of tech luminaries and civil society leaders at an awards ceremony in September. More details forthcoming.


How are programs evaluated?

Applications will be judged on:


  1. Usefulness to the citizens, civil society organization or government of East Africa;
  2. Potential for application to be useful for other institutions in the world;
  3. Appeal of the application from a usability perspective;
  4. Inventive and original nature of the application.


Are there others apps contests like this?

Yes, Apps 4 Africa build on other successful apps contests. Some American examples include Apps for Democracy (http://www.appsfordemocracy.org/) and USAID Development 2.0 (http://www.netsquared.org/challenges/usaid-development-20-2009). If we come across more we will post them on the wiki.




How do I apply?

Submissions can be made at our code repository at apps.apps4africa.org


How should I license my code?

Code can be developed for any platform. All code created for the Apps 4 Africa contest must be released under an Open Source Initiative approved license:




Who is eligible?

The Apps 4 Africa competition is open to residents of the East African nations of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Non-citizens must have resident status.




Where do I submit my code?

Apps 4 Africa uses a code repository called Indefero. Submission can take place at apps.apps4africa.com. More information on the wiki.


Who owns the code?

Each contestant has the rights to his or her code.


What language should I program in?

Whichever language you prefer. The Python people should think about coding in Python and so on.


Where must development take place?

There are no physical requirements for where the code can be built, though applicants must currently be in the East Afica region. All submissions will be done online.


Other Important Dates


When is the awards ceremony?

The award ceremony is currently planned for early September. Exact date to be determined.


Other Questions

What are the contest mailing lists?

The Apps for Africa Discussion Group is at http://groups.google.com/group/apps_for_africa


Can I organize my own Apps 4 Africa event or meet up?

Yes! If you are interested in organizing an event around a particular code base or issue area, get in touch with us at [email protected]


How can corporate partners get involved?

We welcome inquiries at [email protected]


What can I do to spread the word about Apps 4 Africa?

You can keep up with us on Twitter (@apps4africa) and on our Facebook group and share it with your networks!


What if I have questions that are not answered in this FAQ?

If these FAQs and the wiki still don’t answer your questions, you can reach us at [email protected]


Blog Stream

Updates and commentary from the blog

  • Secretary Clinton Congratulates Apps4Africa Winners!
      Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

    Secretary Clinton Congratulates Winners of First Apps4Africa Competition Video message is available here: http://www.state.gov/video/?videoid=626218032001 & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1KRd4kFQZc Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today congratulated the winners of the first Apps4Africa competition, which brought together local technology entrepreneurs to build tools that serve the needs of local Non-Governmental Organizations and their communities. “Your work to develop [...]

  • Watch the awards ceremony live!
      Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

    We have an exciting announcement coming out today from Nairobi: the winners of the Apps4Africa contest! Join us at the iHub via livestream around 415PM East Africa time: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/apps-4-africa-award-ceremony

  • Announcing Great Prizes and a 24 Hour Hack-a-Thon
      Thursday, August 19th, 2010

    Do you have what it takes to build East Africa’s top apps? Winners of the Apps4Africa contest will receive cash and some fantastic gadgets. 1st place- 5000 USD and an iPad 2nd place - 3000 USD and a Nokia N900 3rd place - 2000 USD and a Sprint HTC Desire Runners up will also win [...]

  • One Month Left To Submit Apps!
      Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

    As we round the corner into the final month of Apps4Africa, competition for the top prizes promises to be fierce. In Kigali last week, with the fantastic support of Norwegian Peoples Aid, we had one of our best events yet. Over forty Rwandans, representing the mobile and web industries, energetic students from Kigali Institute for [...]

  • Join Us on July 27th for Apps4Africa Rwanda
      Friday, July 23rd, 2010

    Join us next week in Kigali, Rwanda, for the Apps4Africa event launch. The event, similar to our fantastic recent activities in Nairobi and Kampala, will bring together leaders from technology and civil society to discuss the state of social tech in Rwanda, and discuss how Apps4Africa can catalyze new innovations. This half-day event will take [...]

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