The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, in partnership with the public and private sector actors, has launched a 60 Day App Development Challenge aimed at engaging young Nigerians to compete with one another in the art of mobile application design.
With over 2.7 billion smartphone users across the world, it’s no surprise that the mobile app industry is thriving. App usage and smartphone penetration are still growing at a steady rate, without any signs of slowing down in the foreseeable future. This is encouraging news for anyone who owns an app or plans on developing an app. This is why the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has decided to encourage our youth through the initiative titled ‘60 Day App challenge’ – Dr Sunday Dare, Honourable Minister for Youth & Sports Development Nigeria
The Ministry, announced this through a statement in Abuja, said app developers interested in the project should be inspired by the desire to get their fellow Nigerians connecting seamlessly and safely with each other, and conducting their businesses even as the pandemic is still an ongoing concern. App submissions must solve a problem within the following fields: Edu-Tech, Agri-Tech, Sport, Health, Fin-Tech and Telecommunications.
“Through this competition, we hope to see a slew of highly innovative and easy-to-use apps, which can be used to improve a range of processes and increase the ease of accessibility to services available to the citizenry,” the statement said.
The best set of applications will attract multi-million naira prizes and training to further develop the applications. Modalities and rules for participation can be found at noya.ng or ministry of youth and sport website. One million Naira each for the top ten winners, Laptops, Business Development Training and certificates of participation for worthy mentions.
The challenge kicked off with registration on Wednesday 8th July, 2020 and closes on 4th September, 2020. Submission of proposal opens on 27th July, 2020 while submission of the developed app opens on 24th August, 2020.
The project is supported by the Bank of Industry (BOI), Industrial Trust Fund (ITF), Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), IBM, Microsoft, Afrilabs, 21st Century and NINE. Other partners include Startup city hub and Global entrepreneurship competition 2020.