Nokia grooms students for mobile phone contest
Nokia Ghana has supported a special mobile phone-based applications (Apps) development contest among university students in Accra.
The initiative is to identify and nurture young talented students who are capable of developing phone-based Apps for use in the country.
The contest commenced from September 11 to 13 during which over 100 graduates from the University of Ghana, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) School of Technology, among others, were given the chance to develop technology solutions that could run on mobile phones.
The prizes for the solutions included Apps developer tool kits worth US$1,500.
In addition to helping nurture local talents, the initiative was also aimed at engaging students with creative minds who would develop innovative solutions to practical ICT problems using the mobile phone.
Nokia Ghana, which distributes Nokia handsets and accessories in the country, is of the belief that the gesture will go a long way to localise phone-based applications and solutions while ensuring that the talents of young graduates, especially those in the ICT arena, is optimally utilised.
“This initiative is geared to gather talented research students into a virtual team to conduct research and develop ideas on the use of mobile technology to improve our daily lives,” the Head of the Nokia Open Innovation in Finland, Mr Jyril Hamalainen, said in a video conference prior to the start of the contest.
The three-day event, dubbed ’1000 Apps Contest,’ was done in association with the GIMPA School of Technology in Accra, global software giant – Microsoft – and supported by the Nokia Lumia, a range of Windows smartphones manufactured and distributed by Nokia.
The contest formed part of the Nokia Research Innovation Programme which is aimed at gathering talented research students into teams to conduct research and develop ideas on the use of mobile phone-based technology.
Such ideas, the company said should help improve the lives of the people in and outside the country.
AT the 1000 Apps Contest, applications that were developed were tested on the Nokia Lumia after which the developers were rewarded and the solutions published.
Some staff of Nokia were also engaged to train the participants prior to the start of the contest.
The staff, together with other technical brains from other companies, will later serve as mentors to the young budding Apps developers by providing them with industry information as and when it is necessary.
By Maxwell Adombila Akalaare/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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