UAE team bags second prize in developer contest
Microsoft, Nokia announce winners of student tech challenge
Microsoft and Nokia yesterday announced the winners of the first Midnight Developer Challenge, a regional student app development competition.
A team of students from the UAE won second place in the Game category, with their app called Camagotchi. The team received several prizes at an awards ceremony held today at the Nokia Gulf office, including $5,000 (AED18,365) in cash, a Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone and an Xbox console.
First place in the Game category was awarded to a student team called Trident, from Pakistan, for Call of Gravity. The team was awarded with an all-inclusive trip to Dubai, $10,000, a Nokia Lumia 920 and an Xbox Kinect for every team member.
"The young app developers in UAE who participated in the Midnight Developer Challenge have all produced really creative ideas," said Amintas Lopes Neto, Academia and Startups lead, Microsoft MEA.
"The winning teams have transformed their idea into a new mobile app on the Windows Store, and can now earn profits from downloads and find fame with Windows Phone users.
"Developing on the Windows platform will open many doors for young people looking for a future career in technology, or an opportunity to start their own tech business. It's exciting to discover young technology talent in the UAE and the region, and we look forward to seeing more achievements from these entrepreneurs in future."
The UAE team's app, Camagotchi, is a social game where players raise and take care of their camel, interacting with other players to share resources.