Facebook challenges MEA developers to create Messenger bot

Are you up for Facebook's Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge?

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Facebook challenges MEA developers to create Messenger bot Developers will have to create bots for Messenger in three categories: gaming and entertainment; productivity and utility; and social good. (Getty Images)
By  Aasha bodhani Published  February 15, 2017

Facebook is challenging developers across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) to participate in its ‘Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge', where they are encouraged to create innovative bots.

The idea is to promote innovation in the MEA region by providing developers and start-ups with the tools they need to build, grow, monetise, and measure products and services.

Developers are allowed to be in teams of up to three people and will have to create bots for Messenger in three categories: gaming and entertainment; productivity and utility; and social good.

To enter; submissions will open 15 February and the deadline for entries is 28 April. Finalist will be announced 19 May and deadline for entries from finalists is 2 June. Winners will be announced 19 June.

The prizes include:

Finalist teams:
The 60 finalist teams (10 per category in each region) will win a Gear VR and mobile phone, one hour of Facebook mentorship and tools and services from FbStart, a Facebook program designed to help early stage mobile start-ups build and grow their bots. All student teams who make it to the finals will win an additional $2,000 (students will be verified against their registration via their government accredited school email accounts).

Runner-up teams:
For each region, three runner-up teams (one from each category) will win $10,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship.

Winning teams:
For each region, three winning teams (one from each category) will win $20,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship.

More information here.

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