Nokia Mobile Hack..Winners and more

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Nokia has had its troubles in the last few years and the question some of us keep on asking is, how far down hill will the company go. In Kenya it is still soldering on ,although its position in the market is seriously under threat from Samsung and Huawei.  At this pointing time I think Samsung is the clear leader of the Smartphone market in Kenya , followed by Huawei. But in the overall scheme of things, Nokia is still number one in the Kenyan market when you consider the feature phones.

Nokia as a company has done a lot within the Kenyan community and although they are limping at the moment, they have continued to be strong part of Kenyan tech scene. This last weekend Nokia organized 48 hours mobile hack for the Kenyan developers

Mike Kivuva, Andrew Mutua and Jotham Nguri, ware the three winners of “Nokia Hack” the mobile application competition hosted by Nokia. The two day event pitched developers against each other, in the search for rich, compelling apps for Nokia smartphones.

Mike Kivuva bagged the first prize for his app “Skinswap”, which allows users to get wallpapers easily and create a hybrid of animals and skins based on preference. Want a wallpaper of a lion with a zebra skin? No problem! In addition, the app allows you to share the wallpapers via social media channels.

Andrew Mutua, the first runner up, won for his app “Mhasibu”, which helps manage your finances, expenses, bill reminder, and debt management.

“Quick Drums” by Jotham Nguri, was the second runner up, with his beat creation app, able to also record and join sequences.

So will this help Nokia stop the tides in Kenya and is such event good for the developers?

What is your opinion on the topic?
Kennedy Kachwanya
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Kennedy Kachwanya is a technology blogger interested in mobile phones both smart and dumb, mobile apps, mobile money, social media, startups ecosystem and digital Savannah. New media must not forget the strength of old tech.
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