SAFARICOM APP WIZ Challenge

2014 WINNERS AND FINALISTS


Overall Winner

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Application Name:

Magazine Reel

Description

Magazine Reel has over 140,000 monthly users and over 1.5 million page views monthly, with a 10% month on month growth rate. The app was developed by Soma Media and targets university and college students with information relevant to them, ranging from entertainment to topical social issues.

The team is currently working with Safaricom Limited in marketing initiatives targeted at universities and the youth market. Magazine Reel’s readership has increased from two universities to over 21 universities across Kenya since its launch.

Categories

  • Mobile for Good and Community Development

    Winner

    Application Name:

    Ujirani

    Description

    Android mobile application that brings together neighbours to monitor security and procure emergency response services in their neighbourhoods.The application allows interested users to register using an SMS plugin.

    Application Name:

    Ultipedia

    Description

    An Android education app targeting primary school students, Ultipedia offers over 40 test papers for use in curriculum revision and exam preparation The app is available for download on the Safaricom App Store.

    Application Name:

    E-Merg

    Description

    This is a location-based Android application providing information on the nearest health centre in case of an emergency.

    E-merg targets to connect users to least 5,000 health centres in Kenya, and has an emergency contact verification system to ensure validity of information shared.

  • Smart Business and Cloud Solutions

    Winner

    Application Name:

    Guide rig

    Description

    This is a geo-social integration app that allows users to navigate the environment by mapping out places and events.

    Guide Rig won the Smart Business and Cloud Solutions category in the 2014 Safaricom Appwiz Challenge, and emerged winner of Vodafone Group’s Appstar Challenge (Upcoming Developer Category) in January 2015. The app has been recognised as a global changer in the emerging markets apps ecosystem and is currently conducting research and development to refine their unique system.

    Application Name:

    MOPOS

    Description

    A Mobile Point of Sale system designed for small businesses, MOPOS enables easy stock management and record keeping using real time reporting.

    Since its launch the start-up has signed up 16 shops and employed 15 sales people to scale up its business.

    Application Name:

    MyDuka

    Description

    This Mobile Point of Sale system allows users to monitor stock, profit and loss as well as use remote monitoring to keep tabs on their businesses.

    It comes in two android versions – Lite and Premium – and targets kiosks, general merchants and chemists. It contains master lists of stocks for easy on-boarding as well as two premium online tutorials for online support, and is currently in use by 20 clients.

  • Youth Content, Media and Entertainment

    Winner

    Application Name:

    Magazine Reel

    Description

    This is a mobile news site that targets youth in Kenyan universities/colleges with easy access to news relevant to them.

    Since its launch Magazine Reel has grown to an average of 140,000 users each month and 1.5 million page views monthly. The app was developed by David Mubiria of Soma Media, who has since partnered with Intel and Egerton Radio to generate advertising.

    Magazine Reel – which emerged the overall winner in the 2014 Safaricom Appwiz Challenge – has a strong presence in over 21 universities across Kenya and is rapidly expanding its reach.

    Application Name:

    Magic Books

    Description

    This is an interactive application that teaches children African tales and in that way educates the young about African culture. The start-up is currently working with publishers to provide their content on the platform, which can be downloaded from the Safaricom Appstore and Google Play store.

    Application Name:

    Xoxo

    Description

    A social mobile app that lets users keep up with their friends’ activities and get notifications directly from them, Xoxo also offers a points reward system that keep users engaged and targets15-26 year olds looking to have fun and share their experiences with friends.

  • Infrastructure and Utilities

    Winner

    Application Name:

    Smart Travel

    Description

    This is an app designed to promote road safety by offering alerts on road conditions, road signs and speed limits. The app also allows users to evaluate their sobriety after consuming alcohol, to prevent driving under the influence.

    The app developers – who are students from Multimedia University of Kenya – are in discussions with the National Transport & Safety Authority (NTSA) to have the solution offered as part of a road safety campaign. The start-up also intends to partner with taxi companies.

    Application Name:

    Metro Jav

    Description

    Metro Jav is a Windows application providing commuters with real time updates on public transport routes and destinations.

    The start-up is currently looking to partner with event organisers, transport operators and other businesses to secure advertising, and is working on an Android version of the application.

     

    Application Name:

    Sema

    Description

    A mobile application providing multiple language chat functionality, Sema allow users to translate chats and convert text to speech in four local languages.

    The start-up is targeting partnership with tourism operators for co-marketing so as to encourage its use especially among tourists.

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