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Five Southern African Apps form part of MEA regional finalist shortlist for HUAWEI’s Apps UP developer contest

Southern African developers excellently represented the continent in this year’s HUAWEI Apps UP developer competition, collectively topping both the number of registrations as well as the number of entries in the Middle East and Africa region. 

Recognising African excellence, following a regional judging session, five South African Apps were named in the 20 App regional finalist shortlist. These are (in alphabetical order) “Coresthetics”, “Droppa”, “K53 App”, “Secura”, and “UniAPS”. These Apps will be sent for judging on a global level, with their developers potentially winning a share of $1,000,000 in cash prizes. Each of these selected Apps was rated highly by the judges due to the societal need it addresses, as well as the immense value it adds to a user’s life. They also all have excellent technical functionality and a strong user experience. 

Coresthetics” is an exercise and fitness App that focuses on creating customised and personalised workouts based on the equipment (or lack thereof) that an individual has access to. Their slogan of, “Take out the guesswork, prioritise consistency over perfection” certainly rings true with what this App has to offer. To download the App, click here from a smartphone.

Droppa” ensures that moving home or office is an efficient and effortless process. This on-demand delivery service is designed for transporting office and household goods and furniture, with a built-in delivery tracker and rigorous screening and training of drivers. This ensures that the goods in transit are handled professionally, and in-App calling allows a user to stay in constant contact with the driver.  To download the App, click here from a smartphone.

Passing a learners or drivers test is one of the most nerve wracking things. With the “K53 App” assistance with preparing for both of these is just a click away. The learning section has three parts; road rules, road signs, and vehicle controls, providing comprehensive information on each of these, as well as practice tests.  To download the App, click here from a smartphone.

Secura” is a security App that assists users whenever they are in danger or feel threatened. A panic button alerts the control centre which then dispatches an armed response unit to the user’s live GPS location. The App also features an on-demand response service for medical emergencies. This ensures swift and efficient access to emergency medical
care when users need it most. To download the App, click here from a smartphone.

UniAPS” provides high school students in South Africa with a way of checking what tertiary education degrees and courses they are eligible for, based on the marks they have received for their subjects in their final year of school. This not only saves the student time and effort, as they won’t apply for courses at tertiary education institutions which they will not be accepted for, but also relieves the burden on these institutions, as they don’t have to process such a large number of applicants. To download the App, click here from a smartphone.

Public voting of the 20 shortlisted regional Middle East and Africa Apps, as well as the finalists from the other global regions, will soon commence. The winners of the global competition will be announced towards the end of October, so keep a lookout. 

Top registrations and entries in the MEA region

Collectively, Southern African countries contributed the most registrations and entries in the Middle East and Africa region. Just under 40% of competition registrations came from Southern African countries, with South Africa topping the list in the MEA region. Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe also featured prominently, with Mauritius, Ethiopia, Zambia and Uganda also contributing.

When it came to number of App entries, South Africa continued its dominance, topping the ranking in the MEA region. Just over 32% of entries came from Southern African countries in the MEA region, with Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe also prominently featured.  

Congratulations to all of the African developers who registered for and entered this year’s Apps UP competition. They all truly showcased the talent and innovation that is in abundance across the continent. 

All of these Apps, and many more which bring convenience, entertainment, and functionality to device users’ lives, are available on HUAWEI AppGallery. To explore further click here from a smartphone.

Lawrence Jugmohanhttp://www.digitalstreetsa.com
28 | ॐ | Durban, South Africa | Software Quality Speciaist at BET Software

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