Nokia announces winners of University challenge

UAE university students competed to develop Nokia apps

The winners of the Nokia University App Challenge.

The winners of the Nokia University App Challenge.

Published Thursday, 31 May 2012
By Mark Sutton

Nokia has announced the results of a competition that challenged UAE university students to develop a Nokia app.

The Nokia App University Challenge, which took place over the past two months, drew entries from 200 students from eight UAE universities.

The winning app was developed by Nabeel Kassim and Zulqarnain Mehdi, from American University of Sharjah and Troy University, who win a $5,000 cash prize and a trip to the Nokia Research Center and an internship with Nokia. Their ‘BonAppetit' app allows users to search for restaurants in the UAE by location and cuisine type, and to contact the restaurant directly.

Second place went to Tasnim Al Khaldi and Ruba Awadallah from Al Ain University for their ‘iMonitor' app that allows parents track their teenagers' driving habits by sending warning messages when their children go above designated speed limits. The pair won $3,000 cash and an N9 smartphone.

The third place team of Rishit Kedia and Jobin Babu from Manipal University developed a ‘Make-a-Meme' app so that users can create memes and share them on a social network, which won them $2,000 and an N9.

The Best University award went to BITS Pilani, for having both the highest number of submissions from students and the greatest number of apps rated in the ten. The university received a $10,000 scholarship grant that will be used to support students working on mobility projects.

"It was a fantastic opportunity for students to get real life experience in designing, developing and distributing a mobile app for consumers," said Praveen Prabhakaran, Head of Ecosystem and Developer Experience, Nokia Middle East. "We designed this competition to maximise the learning process of this entrepreneurial journey - that is, how to go from an abstract idea to a fully-developed app available to millions of consumers worldwide."

The competition participants were supported by Nokia through technical training and coding session, support for faculty and an online helpdesk.

All the apps developed during the competition will be soon available on the Nokia Store to download for all Nokia users.