MTN Ghana has adjudged Nana Ekow Taylor, with Elvis Agah, and Henk Oppong, as the ultimate winner of the MTN APPS Challenge version 2.0 Competition in Accra.
Nana Taylor with his group, developed the “Buzztrick App”, which won them the GH¢ 20, 000, a plaque, and a year data plan from MTN.
Mrs Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Services Executive, MTN, speaking at the event, said the company set out to identify innovative and locally relevant mobile applications, hence the launch of the competition on the theme, “Promoting Innovative Local App Development.”
The competition was initiated to encourage local apps developers to develop applications that are locally relevant to MTN’s subscribers.
Mrs Lumor said in today’s digital economy, billions of apps were downloaded daily around the world and as a telecommunications company, they had a responsibility to ensure that Ghana played a significant role in the apps industry.
“MTN recognises the importance of the use of technology as a tool to promote human resource development, since applications play a big role in all aspects of our lives,” she added.
She said the competition attracted 100 apps, mainly from the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Central Regions and there was significant improvement in the quality of Apps received.
Mrs Lumor said this was an indication that the Apps developer community in Ghana was seeing immense growth.
She said the developers went through painstaking processes to develop Apps that sought to address problems that confronted society, using technology.
The Corporate Service Executive explained that the entries were then assessed based on innovation, functionality and commercial viability.
Mrs Dorothy Gordon, Director-General of the Kofi Annan Center for Information Communication Technology, commended the management of MTN for their effort to encourage local content development through the Apps challenge.
She advocated that at least 30 per cent of females be included in the competition next year, since African women were now embracing technology.
She urged MTN to extend invitation to application developers from other countries to drive the brand further.
Mr Lovell Larbie, emerged winner in the Education category, while the Games and Entertainment award went to Mr Isaac Onwukwe and Wilfred Attipoe.
Nana Ekow Taylor also won the Lifestyle category awards.
Mr Richard Duodu was awarded as the most promising Apps developer, while Mr David Adotey’s application, “InMoment App” received the most promising app award.
Nana Taylor, thanked the management of MTN for the opportunity to share their application with the rest of the world. GNA