Ericsson offers huge sum in Android app contest

Swedish network equipment maker Ericsson is holding this year the Ericsson Application Awards (EAA) in an attempt to give global developers the opportunity to gain a foothold in the app industry while also earning recognition and making contacts within the telecom industry.

This year there will be two categories: one for students and one for small and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 100 employees.

The theme for this year’s competition is “Apps for City Life”, in support of Ericsson’s vision for a Networked Society in which – through a combination of mobility, broadband, the cloud, applications and services – anything and everything is connected.

Teams need to develop an application based on the Android platform that addresses the theme.

Last year’s winner in the company category was a mobile health-care app developed in Kenya. First prize in the student category, meanwhile, was awarded to a painting and chatting app developed in China. Finally, a medico-social platform that provides access to medical information developed in Egypt won the Technology for Good prize.

In all, 143 teams from more than 50 countries took part and a total of 242 ideas, videos and apps were submitted – twice as many as in the previous year.

This year, several prizes will be awarded in each category:

• First place: EUR 25,000 (about P1.3 million)

• Second place: EUR 10,000 (about P537,000)

• Third place: EUR 5,000 (about P268,000)

• Fourth and fifth place: certificates

The contest site can be accessed here.

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