Africa Android Challenge (AAC) 2013 !
The Africa Android Challenge (AAC) and the GDG Barcamp season are over !
We are very excited and proud to share with you a glimpse of the impact created by Africa GDG Bargamp and Africa Android Challenge 2013 among Android and Java developers around Africa.Our goal was to receive at least 50 Android applications for AAC. As it turns out, we have received over 210 apps, 170 of which were approved as compliant with AAC rules and regulations.
- 4000 Android Developers impacted by the AAC and GDG Barcamp events
- 18 events in 16 countries
- 40 participating developer groups
- 30 speakers
- 210 Android applications submitted
- 170 Approved
- 3 weeks of exciting Barcamps across Africa
- 52 Android 4.2 ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Phone/Tablet distributed to the winners and the GDG/JUG Managers across Africa.
- 2 continental winners (one by section will) will received an all-expenses-paid-for trip to Google/Android or Community event in Africaand the Android 4.2 ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Phone/Tablet (the winners and destination and will be announced on July, 23)
Unexpected participants :
Furthermore, we received submissions from unexpected regions of Africa such as Mauritania or Malawi or Benin and Botswana meaning GDG Barcamp momentum has truly become a panafrican event. This also allow us to identify new local leaders and potential GDG Managers.Great stories :
- As Organizers, we heard and read great stories that give you good reasons to want to do more. For instance, we had a participant in Kinshasa who had to cross town after work looking for a place with internet in order to submit his app on time. This is during a city-wide power outage. The participant eventually succeeded but returned home really late.
- In Senegal, the operator Tigo was so impressed with the developers that they surprised every one with the offer of 3 paid summer internships.
- Two new Google Developer Groups will creation :
- GDG Nouakchott in Mauritania
- GDG Cotonou in Benin
The GDG Barcamp and AAC created not only an internet buzz. Many blogs written on the subject but also a TV sensation. In many countries, such as Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Benin, Cameroon the country's most popular TV stations filmed the events or interviewed the organizers prior to the Barcamps. Hence, it was a great opportunity to show on TV that many "geeks" also exist in Africa.
- June 8th, Dinner at reataurent in Kanya about AAC Barcamp in Tunisia (with photos)
- June 1st, Dhiaeddine Saadi blogs about AAC Barcamp in Tunisia (with photos)
- May 12th AAC Video annimation 1
- May 2th AAC Video annimation 2
- May 17th AAC Team at Google Headquaters in Mountain View
- May 10th AAC Kinshasa Barcamp
- Mai 11th AAC Brazza Barcamp
- May 28th posting of AAC Uganda Barcamp
- May 8th Pics from GDG Barcamp Mombasa
- May 8th Youtube Demo of app submitted by AAC participant Said
- May 8th La finale Béninoise sur RFI Médias
- May 8th AAC Barcamp Yaoundé 2013, Cameroun
- May 6th Blog at Mombasa-Tech Community about AAC Barcamp
- May 6th Post to announce the end of the first round, on la Rédac by Ibrahima Ndiaye
- May5th - Blog about AAC Barcamp by Ibrahima Ndiaye GDG Leader Senegal, Dakar
- May 4th - Photos of AAC Barcamp in Cotonou, Benin
- May 1st - More photos about AAC Barcamp Ethiopia
- April 30th - Blog sur la compétition Africaine de développement Android by Dhiaeddine Saadi
- April 29th - TechMissus talks about the winners of AAC Ivory Coast 2013 by A. Paul Romuald
- April 29th - Photos of Ethiopia AAC Barcamp 2013
- Another cool AAC video by Alain Pierre Abredan
- Tech360 talks about AAC, Africa
- Techpost talks about AAC, Africa
- RFI is talking about Benin Barcamp, Benin
- TV Show about AAC, Abidjan - Ivory Coast
- Freeze Mob to announce AAC and ACT, TV Show, Dakar - Senegal
What's Next :
The crazy AAC Team are already thinking about Africa Glass Challenge ! We started some Glass courses and training.
The heroes :
A special thanks to Emeka Afigbo, Marie Patriarche, Pieter Greyling at Google Developer Relation for the support and the event and competition guidance provided. The amazing AAC Team Lamine Ba (JUG-AFRICA and AAC Business Development Manager), cedric Atangana (Event Manager), Nsubuga Hassan (Community Manager) and Jean-Patrick Ehouman (Global Communication and Social Network Manager). They did a really great job. Thanks you so much guys!