Software competition to encourage East African developers

By   |  July 15, 2010

The US State Department has thrown its weight behind an initiative to promote software development for the good of East African residents.

The Apps 4 Africa contest was launched earlier this month and aims to encourage developers to produce software that will improve the quality of life for residents of this region.

The contest is open to all developers from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. The applications can be built for any platform but the code does have to be made available as open source software.

The contest is also calling on citizens of the region to get involved by submitting ideas of problems that could be solved through the use of software. Submissions can be made on the website, through Facebook, Twitter (#apps4africa) and through SMS in Kenya.

The contest runs until August 31.

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