Thursday, 2nd October 2014

Ncell launches mobile app development competition


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Mobile service provider Ncell is organising a competition to develop mobile phone applications called the Ncell App Camp.

Issuing a statement Monday, Ncell said the competition targeted young developers and mobile enthusiasts and was launched with an aim of unleashing 'the country’s digital potential and inspire youth to build innovative businesses'.

Prizes range from a cash prize Rs 500,000 for the overall winner to Rs 250,000 in cash to thematic winners.

Launched as a part of Ncell's corporate social initiative, Ncell App Camp essentially aims to contribute to drive innovation and make Nepali youngsters part of the worldwide mobile app industry, Erim Taylanlar, the CEO of Ncell, was quoted as saying in the statement.

Registration for the competition can be made for free at http://www.ncell.com.np/appcamp.

Apps can be created for any platform -- Android, Apple iOS, Windows, SMS or J2ME, among others, Ncell says

The competition has four categories: agriculture, corporate solutions, education and tourism
“Agriculture, corporate, education and tourism are major contributors of the Nepali economy, wherein creative youth can make a huge difference by coming up with tools to enhance efficiency and productivity. These are also the sectors around which young innovative businesses can thrive,” said Sanju Koirala, the corporate communication director of Ncell, says.

The thematic winners would get cash prizes of Rs 250,000 each while the overall winner will bag an additional Rs 500,000 in cash along with Ncell sponsorship to participate in a similar overseas app camp, Ncell says.

Shedding light on the process of Ncell App Camp, Bibhusan Bista of Young Innovations is quoted as saying that 150 of the best workable ideas will be selected and the teams will be invited to take part in capacity building seminars. During the seminars the teams will undergo coaching on various aspects of app making and business development.

“The seminars will impart priceless knowledge of the market, app development and business development from experts with national and international experiences. The knowledge gained will enable participants to further refine their ideas and make them more socially inclined and commercially viable,” Bista says.

From among the refined ideas, six of the best from each category -- 24 teams in total -- will be selected for the final competition, scheduled for December 9-11.

These finalists, under the mentorship of national and foreign experts, have to come up with working prototypes, present them and pitch their ideas to an independent jury, comprising of experts from different sectors. "After evaluating the usability and viability of the app prototypes, the jury will select four category winners and one overall winner," Ncell says.

Registration closes at noon on October 28, 2014.

NCELL UNVEILS SELF-SERVICE APP

Ncell has also launched Ncell App for subscribers that allows them to access information about Ncell products, services, schemes, and also supports them to easily check their balance, top up balance, buy data packs and other services, and transfer balance, among others.

"We are glad to unveil to our customers Ncell App that provides a complete self-service solution. We believe it will ease their operations and benefit them greatly," Erim Taylanlar, the CEO of Ncell, says.

The App comes with different features for pre-paid and postpaid subscribers. The features are automatically loaded to subscribers' handsets depending on the type of SIM they have.