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4 African startups win at the close of 2021 Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest

Over 2100 startups participated in the 2021 edition of Apps UP where individuals and teams from 170 countries enter the contest


The 2021 Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest held at the Huawei Developer Conference 2021 has ended. A total of $1 million in prizes was shared among the exceptional startups. The contest attracted over 4,000 teams drawn from 200 countries and regions.

Four African apps received recognition and were celebrated at the competition. Coresthetics clinched one of the Best App Awards in the Middle East and Africa region scooping $15,000 worth of prize money. The excellent student award went to UniAPS in addition to $5,000 prize money. Droppa and Secura clinched Honourable Mention Awards where each got $3,000 worth of prize money.

Other Award winners are in the Best Game Award and Social Impact App Award categories. Real Car Race Game 3D, Scary Teacher 3D, and LittleAstro won the Best Game Award. Limit, Blind Assistant, and Emergency Buddy clinched the Best Social Impact App Award category. Each winner received $15,000.

Over 2100 startups participated in the 2021 edition of Apps UP where individuals and teams from 170 countries enter the contest. Submissions are in turn evaluated by a jury of top industry experts based on their innovation, social value, business value, and user experiences.

The winners according to category are:

Best App Award – Handyman Calculation, WashyWash, and Coresthetics.

Best Game Award –  Scary Teacher 3D, LittleAstro, and Real Car Race Game 3D: Fun New Car Games 2020.

Best Social Impact App Award – Limit and Emergency Buddy and Blind Assistant.

Excellent Student Award – UniAPS, Handyman Calculator, and The Muslim Diary.

Honorable Mention Award – STEPPI, Secura, Droppa, MyTV+, and Quran University an Educational Online Learning.

Tech Women’s Award – AlMosaly

Best HMS Core Innovation Award – Limit, Blind Assistant, and Mobile Gamepad.

All-Scenario Coverage Award – AlMosaly

The Women’s Tech Award received over 600 submissions. Cumulatively, the overall prize pool for the competition was $1 million with each of the regions of China, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America receiving $200,000.

Source: Prnewswire


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