A little while back we announced that we had provided a grant to Mobile Consortium Ghana to host an event focussed on enhancing and promoting the mobile app developer community in Ghana. We’re delighted to report that the Mobile App Ghana Showcase (MAGS2011), which took place in Accra on 24 September, was a great success and firmly helped put Ghana’s mobile community on the map. As well as highlighting established start-ups such as Sproxil and Esoko, the event also provided an opportunity for up-and-coming designers and companies to showcase their products to representatives of Google, MEST, Mobile Web Ghana and many more.
In addition to offering an opportunity to showcase the latest apps developed by Ghana’s growing tech community, MAGS2011 also awarded prizes to the best apps. The judging panel chose the following:
WINNER: SAYA, a mobile group messaging application that works on feature phones and smartphones alike. It is particularly targeted towards third world countries where the cost of SMS is linearly and exponentially high for one on one messaging and group messaging. Saya allows users to create small groupings and to send messages across board. It can serve as an educational app in that it will allow educators to create small cell groups for discussions on various topics. For example a tutor could create a group on Saya for his class and use that as a discussion forum for assignments. The fun part is, it’s all mobile and that is the dominant way people in Africa communicate.
RUNNER UP: NANDIMOBILE MOBILE, a mobile business directory accessible via SMS.
2ND RUNNER UP: SMS Tweetbox, an android based SMS to Twitter gateway. It comes with public and private mode support and keyword targeting for enhanced SMS filtering. favorable to extend its capabilities with ideas and suggestions for social good such as education and health.
We were very happy to be a supporter of the event and hope that it helps galvanise Ghana’s mobile developer community to continue developing and innovating. To read another take on MAGS 2011, click here.