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Nokia and Microsoft launch Midnight Developer Challenge

New contest challenges university students to develop Windows Phone 8 apps

Nokia and Microsoft launch Midnight Developer Challenge
The Midnight Developer Challenge offers cash prizes and hardware.

Nokia and Microsoft are to host a new developer contest for students in the Middle East and Africa.

The Midnight Developer Challenge will task teams of up to three students to create a mobile app based on Windows Phone 8.

The competition will have two categories, Apps and Games, and will give competing teams three months to develop their applications. Competitors will receive support from Nokia and Microsoft in the form of weekly webinars and dedicated online support from software experts.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for students to get real life experience in designing, developing and distributing a mobile app for consumers in an emerging app economy," said Joe Devassy, Head of Developer Experience, Nokia IMEA. "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 Windows Phone 8 app available to millions of consumers worldwide."

"This initiative, which empowers young local talent with world-class opportunities to develop and learn about the latest advances in mobile app technology, is testament to our commitment to the region. Windows Phone 8 is a great mobile platform and there is immense opportunity for developers to leverage and utilise the innovative features of the Nokia Lumia range including augmented reality navigation, NFC and imaging," said Amintas Lopes Neto, Academia and Startups Lead, Microsoft MEA.

Each category in the competition will have a winner and a runners-up prize. The winning team will walk away with $10,000, a trip to a Nokia Global event, plus an XBOX and Lumia 920 for each team member. The runner-up team will receive $5,000, an XBOX and a Lumia 920 for each team member.

The competition will also include a People's Choice category, whereby the winner will receive $3,000 plus an XBOX and a Lumia 920 for each team member.

For more information on the Midnight Developer Challenge visit http://apps.facebook.com/midnightdeveloper/

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