By now you’ve probably started the process of, at the very least, doing some research about the depth and breadth of the challenges and issues found in urban areas.
We thought we’d give you a hand in that area by pointing you to the newly released Networked Society City Index report, produced by Ericsson in collaboration with the Stockholm School of Economics and Improvement Labs. In part 3 of this series, we continue to explore the correlation between cities’ ICT maturity and their social, economic and environmental development (known as the triple bottom line).
Browse around this page for informative videos, neat infographics and don’t forget to the check out this cool interactive city index that compares and contrasts cities based on their ICT infrastructure, readiness, and usage.
We hope this inspires you to create some really interesting apps for city life.
Today we are announcing the launch of a regional competition for application developers, startups and visionaries living in sub-Saharan Africa.
We are calling this regional competition ‘Apps for African City Life’ and it’s part the global 2013 Ericsson Application Awards (EAA 2013).
This competition runs until January 25th, 2013 and just like the main competition, we will accept entries in two categories: one for students and the other for small and medium-sized enterprises.
Teams are required to develop an application based on the Android platform that addresses the theme, ‘Apps for African City Life’ which is designed to promote the development of innovative ideas and mobile applications to address situations specific to urban centers across the region.
Now on to the important stuff … the prizes!
Winners of the African regional competition will win Android tablets.
1st prize: 64GB Android tablet
2nd prize: 32GB Android tablet
3rd prize: 16GB Android tablet
Entrants who participate in the African competition are also automatically entered into the global competition with a chance to win up to €25,000!
When you’re hard at work, what’s better than a little inspiration? So we put together some updates and words of encouragement from some of last year’s winners.
From Team MedAfrica, Winners of EAA 2012 (company category) with their app "MedAfrica" that aims at increasing access to health care among consumers in Africa:
“MedAfrica team is doing well. We are developing version two [of our application] which we will be launching very soon. The number of downloads is increasing by the day and we have gotten more partnerships. So things are looking up for us.”
Click here for video message from Ericsson CMO Arun Bhikshesvaran inviting you to join this year's Ericsson Application Awards.
The theme for 2013 is "Apps For City Life" and we welcome both small enterprise teams and student teams.
Don't forget that the deadline for submission is February 28, 2013, so don't delay!
Remember these two? It’s Phil Woodward and Jos Shepherd from Team HipSnip who won the 2011 edition of the EAA. We touched base with them last week to see what they’ve been up to since the competition. Sounds like they’ve been busy!
Here are a few words from Phil:
HipSnip has had a good year in 2012.
Following winning the EAA in June 2011 HipSnip raised an initial seed round of funding to further develop their shopping Q&A app. As the product and business developed, what became clear was that there were a number of potential commercial models that could be followed, beyond focusing purely on a consumer mobile app (which can be difficult and expensive to build).
We invite student developers and those working in SMEs to participate in the competition. As always, the competition involves submitting an original Android application that has not been published elsewhere.
This year, we have made some changes to the competition to make it even better!
* Well, first of all, there is more prize money to be had, which is always a good thing!
* The theme for this year is “Apps for City Life” to drive innovation for the Networked Society
* The competition will be more open, so keep an eye on the campaign site for details
Before you get started, please take a look at the rules and regulations
Keep an eye out for instructions on the first stage of the competition as they will be posted soon.
Say you have a great idea for an application and have limited experience with Android development. Where should you start? We would like to share a link to a page that describes how to install the Android SDK and set up your development environment for the first time.
Also, check out the tutorial Hello World
We caught up with Tor Blomdell and asked him to share his experience with the EAA with you. Here's what he had to say:
My name is Tor Blomdell and together with a friend from Lund University, participated in the first EAA competition (2010) with our application Commutity. The purpose of Commutity was to enable mobile intelligent ridesharing in order to reduce costs and CO2 emissions for individuals, organizations and the society.
Building a new business comes with great challenges from a technical, financial, as well as a market perspective. Our start-up, Commutity, was just getting off the ground when entered the 2010 Ericsson Application Awards. Through the EAA, we were able to get early feedback and market validation from real customers. We got exposure to not only vendors and investors, but also some great PR for our business. All of this lowered the time to market and provided us with some great data points for pivoting our business. Developing our business through the EAA was truly a fun experience where we got to compete with other strong entrepreneurs, something that was both inspirational and exciting.
Another year of competition has come and gone and now we’re ready to begin again.
The 2013 Ericsson Application Awards is a go!
We are now in the end of the planning phase and will announce the official launch of the competition near the end of September.
Details about rules and requirements will be posted then, but in the meantime, you can form your team and get your creative juices flowing.
Click here for inspiration from the finalists from last year’s competition.
If you haven’t yet done so, please take a moment to check out this year’s winning apps from the company category posted in the Labs showroom.
Remember that we will be running the competition again, so stayed tuned for more information about how you can participate in EAA2013.