The Head of Interactive and Innovation for Vodafone Qatar, Khalifa Saleh Haroon (left) and Chairman of QITCOM Organising Committee, Ali Al Khulaifi, sign the MOU of “Indie Fikra: Appathon 2012".
DOHA: Vodafone Qatar will hold the first ever “Appathon”, a competition for mobile application developers, which will be one of highlighted event during the trade show of the QITCOM 2012 on March 5-7 at the Qatar National Convention Center.
Billed as “Indie Fikra: Appathon 2012”, the mobile apps competition brings together talents from all over Qatar to compete for prizes and inclusion in ictQatar’s coveted Dajtala start-up incubation programme.
During the competition, teams are challenged to code and create working demos for new mobile apps using Android, Blackberry, or iOS platforms.
The competing teams will have to create one of the following types of apps: Apps in Arabic, Apps for Women, Apps for Games, or Apps for Al Sadd Fan Club.
At the Qatar National Convention Center, teams will have 48 hours – from 12 noon on March 5 until 11:59am on March 7 to complete a working demo of their app.
Following the 48 hour coding marathon, teams then will present their apps to a team of experts, made up of representatives from Vodafone Group and Vodafone Qatar. Winners will be announced at a press conference in the QITCOM Innovation Center later in the day.
“We are excited to be partnering with QITCOM on this very special and very unique first for Qatar,” stated Khalifa Saleh Haroon, Head of Interactive and Innovation for Vodafone Qatar.
“We’ve created ‘Indie Fikra: Appathon 2012’ to develop and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit that exists today in Qatar. And, importantly, the event is aimed to create an environment where people are encouraged to innovate. We’re also excited that the teams will have the opportunity to test drive alpha versions of the apps on Vodafone’s fast 3G data network, “ Khalifa said.
Ali Al Khulaifi, Chairman of QITCOM organising committee, said the contest is an excellent opportunity for Qatar’s best developers to showcase their talents and create mobile applications that may very well change the world.
The competition will be webcasted live to Vodafone Qatar’s booth at QITCOM.
The teams must register on the Vodafone Qatar website at www.vodafone.com.qa/appathon no later than February 25. No walk-ins will be allowed to participate.
For complete details, including Terms and Conditions for the competition, interested participants are advised to visit the Vodafone Qatar website at www.vodafone.com.qa/appathon.
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