Ericsson's global application competition supports local innovation in Saudi Arabia
- Saudi Arabia: Monday, February 11 - 2013 at 15:57
- PRESS RELEASE
As the deadline for the Ericsson Application Awards looms, Ericsson has announced that it has received a significant number of entries for the global competition from the Middle East and Africa, where the competition has been launched for the first time.
"Ericsson firmly believes in technology's ability to make a difference in our world," said Anders Lindblad, President of Ericsson Middle East Region. "We hope that by combining technology with the innovation of people in Saudi Arabia and around the globe, we'll be that much closer to achieving a truly Networked Society."
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. The competition is also divided into two categories; one for students and one for small and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 100 employees.
Teams interested in applying must 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 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.
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