The #MTNAppsChallenge v5.0 Roadshows are over. The last roadshow was held a week ago, on 8th February 2018 at the Mensah Sarbah Hall inside the University of Ghana, Legon campus.
This year’s MTN Apps Challenge took a different format. It introduced a panel discussion and breakout sessions and the regular exhibition of apps, IoT projects and animated videos. The program was moderated by Kojo Akoto Boateng, a morning show host on Accra based Citi FM. The theme for the 5th MTN Apps Challenge is your ideas can change the community and what better way to involve community than to go around the country?
The first major roadshow was held at the University for Development Studies, Dungu campus in Tamale on 30th January 2018. The event showcased locally developed apps such as Blood Drive, CowTribe, Passco, Online Bus Reservation and Early Food. A major highlight (for Squid) was the animation booth manned by Benjamin, an animator based on the UDS campus, Tamale. He has to his credit a host of animations. Sauti Trends did a nice review of the roadshow in Tamale.
The second major roadshow happened two days later at the College of Science’s Allotey Auditorium, at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The event was well attended with participation from St. Louis Girls SHS, Opoku Ware SHS, Kumasi High SHS, TI Amass, Prempeh College, NIIT and students from KNUST ICT Department. Nana Yaw Donkor of Y FM Kumasi moderated events at the Kumasi roadshow.
Participants were treated to a host of animated videos by local animators including, Francis Brown (Agorkorli), Toby Bertil Svanekiaer (A bird and a Kite, Chaskele), Theophilus Bonney (Do It Right) and Drah Michael (Our Monument).
Students from Opoku Ware presents what they call a fun box… you get a toffee for dumping waste properly.. fantastic idea! This is targeted at kids to develop the attitude of dumping refuse at the right places #MtnAppsChallenge #KumasiRoadshow pic.twitter.com/Z9k7wvl2hq
— Mr. A.B.✌️🇬🇭 (@AndyAwezome) February 1, 2018
At the Cape Coast roadshow, Toby Bertil Svanekiaer was on hand to exhibit his animated films to participants. He came with his drawing pad and took participants through how he develops his characters and put life into them.
Eyram Tawiah of Leti Arts, also a part of the judging panel also exhibited at the event. Another 3D animator currently making waves in Ghana, Razahk Issaka, creator of the Aluta Series, was on hand to take part in the exhibitions. They, together with other exhibitors gave participants – especially senior high students an experience of a lifetime!
Participants at the Accra Roadshow included students from Accra Academy, Labone Senior High School, Tema Presec SHS, Chemu SHS, Tema SHS, NIIT, School of Technology – GIMPA and the University of Ghana.
Chiiief, the host of MTN Apps TV was present at all the roadshows to interact with participants, exhibitors and resource persons. Expect to see episodes of the MTN Apps TV on the MTN Ghana social media pages to catch up with events that happened during the roadshows.
Written by James Dogbeda Makumator.
Registration is still ongoing. Follow the steps below to register for the competition:
How to Apply for the MTN Apps Challenge
- Register via https://appschallenge.mtn.com.gh
- Accept T&C
- Download challenge PowerPoint template
- Submit App, IoT concept or storyboard
- Participants can enter the competition with one or more projects;
- Participants can enter as one of three categories (SHS, Tertiary and Freelance);
- The contest is open to all developers in Ghana;
- Local apps already available for Android, Blackberry, Windows, and Apple stores can enter the competition; and
- Previous winners can enter with new projects.
Deadline for registration for the apps challenge is 28th February 2018! Also, animators have to submit their storyboards by February 28th, 2018.