Nokia offers $100,000 to top Arabic Ovi developer

Regional developer competition will see rise in Arabic content and applications on Nokia Ovi Store

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  June 2, 2009

Nokia is inviting all Arabic developers in the region to take part in their Bil3arabi ‘Calling All Innovators’ contest to create Arabic local content for their Ovi Store.

Bil3arabi was announced at the official launch of the flagship Nokia N97 today, which will start selling in the UAE as early as next week for approximately AED 3,050.

“It’s not only about understanding the big picture and big trend in terms of social networking, you need to go one step further to make it more locally relevant,” said Chris Braam, VP of Sales at Nokia Middle East and Africa. “Real added value is by really being there in his/her own language and his/her own tonality and offering what’s relevant to them.”

The Bil3arabi competition is open to all mobile and web application developers in the region who can submit local content to any category within the Ovi Store - applications and widgets, video, personalization, games, audio, flash & active idle widgets - with a focus on internet innovation, flash, and mobile games.

It starts today on and will run until 30th October, with winners being announced on 7th December. Submissions will be judged both by customers who download and rate the application and experts from Forum Nokia, with the grand prize winner taking home $100,000 for their efforts.

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