Nokia announced the winners of its MakeMyApp competition 2011 during the P@SHA ICT Awards event held today. The competition winners in each category received the prize money of 400,000/- PKR in cash while a special winner bagged the prize money of 100,000/- PKR along with a Nokia E7 for a truly innovative app. The four categories for which applications could be submitted were Entertainment/ Fun & Games, Business Productivity, Easier Living and Think Green.
Winners in each category are Mr. Faisal Iqbal of Orison for Highway Racer app, Mr. Bashir Ahmed for Mobile Energy Saver app, Mr. Mohd. Bilal Junaid for SMS Spam Interceptor app and Mr. Azfar Sabih of Lakson Business Solutions for Save Planet app while Mr. Umair Cheema was recognized as a special winner for his app Chanda Mamoon.
The winners were finalized by a panel of judges comprising of Ms. Jehan Ara, President P@SHA, Mr. Farhan Chawla, Technology Blogger & Enthusiast, Mr. Zia Imran, Managing Director of Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) and Ms. Rabia Garib, Editor-in-Chief, CIO Pakistan.
Commenting on the MakeMyApp competition 2011 inPakistan, Haseeb Ihtisham, Head of Marketing, NokiaPakistansaid, “On behalf of Nokia Pakistan team, I would like to express my heartiest felicitations to the winners of Nokia MakeMyApp Competition 2011. We are overwhelmed by the energetic response that we received from Pakistani developers for this competition. With their highly usable and practical apps, Pakistani Developers are making waves not only inPakistanbut all over the world. Thanks to their persistent efforts, every other day sees a new bundle of Pakistani apps added to the Nokia Store rendering it the most popular mobile app store inPakistantoday and there’s still so much more room for growth.”
Talking about the competition, Jehan Ara, President P@SHA said, “It is an honor for us to have players like Nokia in the industry who are playing a critical role in furthering not only their business but are also fuelling the growth of innovation in the country.”
Nokia’s MakeMyApp competition gave an exciting opportunity to software developers inPakistanto submit their best work and compete for a chance to win great prizes. The winning apps will be made available in Nokia Store for everyone to download and enjoy. P@SHA become a key partner for this competition and played an important role in spreading the word to the Industry, freelancers and Campuses.
Entry submissions closed on 6th August 2011 and all eligible entries received were judged by the industry experts. Criteria for choosing the winner included quality and functionality; usability and creativity; uniqueness, novelty value and innovativeness; commercial viability and market potential inPakistan; as well as Nokia platform compatibility.