Huawei Recognizes And Celebrates 4 African Startups In The HMS 2021 App Innovation Competition


Nov. 1, 2021, 1:43 a.m.

Four African applications have been recognized and celebrated during the Huawei HMS 2021 app innovation competition held at the Huawei Developer Conference 2021.

Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest aims to inspire talented developers across the globe to create seamless, smart, and innovative digital experiences and explore the future of digital intelligence. The competition highlights pioneering HMS open capabilities and gives app developers the tools to build tomorrow's all-connected world.

The 2021 edition of the Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest (Apps UP) was launched in June and lasted more than 100 days. Submissions came in from all regions, including China, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The competition’s total compensation summed up to $1 million, with a reward of $200,000 in cash prizes for each participating region.

Coresthetics won one of the awards for the best apps in the Middle East and Africa region, taking $15,000 in cash prizes. The Outstanding Student Award went to UniAPS with a prize of $ 5,000. Droppa and Secura won Honorable Mention Awards, where each received $ 3,000 in cash prizes.

The other winners are in the Best game award and Social impact app price categories. Real Car Race Game 3D, Scary Teacher 3D, and LittleAstro won the Best Game award. Limit, Blind Assistant, and Emergency Buddy won the Best Social Impact App Award category. Each winner received $ 15,000.

More than 2,100 startups participated in the 2021 edition of Apps UP, with individuals and teams from 170 countries. Submissions were evaluated based on innovation, social value, business value, and user experiences.

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“The Apps UP contest is an excellent initiative from Huawei, and I hope that we continue to encourage app developers to make apps that are beneficial to society. One advice that I have for developers would be to think more about your onboarding experience, and let users test it out to see what the app does and understand the problems they may face,” said Ahmad Abugosh, an Apps UP MEA judge and Director of Marketing & Learning Programmes, AstroLabs Middle East & Africa.

Adam Xiao, Managing Director, HMS and Consumer Cloud Service for HUAWEI Consumer Business Group MEA, said, “Creating functional, smooth, and intelligent applications is not an easy task, and through Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest (Apps UP), we aim to reward the developer industry for their outstanding contribution.”

“This year’s competition was extraordinary due to the quality of apps submitted, and the new categories added garnered tremendous interest, notably the Women’s Tech Award that saw over 600 submissions globally.

“We want to congratulate all the winners for their impressive submissions that aim to benefit our societies in different areas.”


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