Doha, 7 March 2012: Vodafone Qatar and QITCOM today announced the four winners of their mobile app developer competition Indie Fikra: Appathon 2012. First place was grabbed by team “Stalkers” with their mHealth app called Onigiri. Onigiri is designed to teach children with or at risk for diabetes how to live a healthy lifestyle through their caring for a diabetic digital pet.

Second place was awarded to team “Noble” for their interactive magazine and comic called Abtal 22 which is aimed at exciting kids about football and the coming 2022 world cup. Third place went to team “Cereal Killers” and their app ASF – Al Sadd Fantasy; a fantasy football game. Fourth place was awarded to team “AppliQations” for their app Shofferz; an app for aggregating and displaying shopping offers from around Qatar.

The winners were handed trophies by Vodafone’s CEO Richard Daly to mark their achievements at a ceremony held at Vodafone’s booth during QITCOM. Speaking on the occasion Richard Daly said, “Indie Fikra – I have an idea! Vodafone & QITCOM have a shared vision—a shared “idea” – to see more Arabic content created and perhaps more importantly, to see more content created in and for Qatar. That’s why we partnered with QITCOM to bring this unique event to life.”

“A lot of great entrepreneurial talent in Qatar – and especially in mobile app development – and the Appathon is designed to nurture, celebrate and reward that talent. We asked teams to do something quite challenging – we really pushed them and we were impressed with the outcome,” continued Richard Daly.

The first event of its kind in the Middle East, Indie Fikra: Appathon 2012 brought together mobile app developer talent from all over Qatar to compete for over QR 50,000 in prizes and inclusion in ictQATAR’s much sought after start-up incubation program Dajtala. Teams had just 48 hours to code and create a working demo for a new mobile app in order to be eligible to win.

A panel of judges – including Vodafone CEO Richard Daly, Head of Developer Marketing for Vodafone Group Hemant Madan, Director of Business Development for Yahoo! Middle East Christos Masteros, Senior Specialist for ictQATAR Yazen Alsafi, Vodafone CMO John Saad and Vodafone Head of Interactive Khalifa Saleh Haroon—viewed pitches and demonstrations from the teams before selecting the best four apps from the competition. The apps were judged based on the following criteria: if the app was created in Arabic, the creativity of the app, the functionality of the app and the overall potential for the app to be successful.

1st place: Onigiri

Category: Arabic Apps

Team: Ren Aysha, Rana Khalil, Fahad Islam, and Hammad Abbasi

2nd place: Abtal 22 (Heroes of 22)

Category: Arabic Apps

Team: Khaled Elsafty, Hany Elsafty, Shaik Mujaheed and Zameer.

3rd place: ASF – Al Sadd Fantasy

Category: Apps for Al Sadd Fan Club

Team: Rami Al-Rihawi and Arihant Agarwal

4th place: Shofferz

Category: Apps for Women

Team: Rishav Bhowmick and Zaid Haque

“We were thrilled with the results from Indie Fikra: Appathon 2012,” stated Khalifa Saleh Haroon, Head of Interactive for Vodafone Qatar. “The quality and creativity of the work presented was very high. There is such a talented and entrepreneurial community of developers in Qatar today and we hope to work again with them in future with more activities like Indie Fikra: Appathon 2012.”

“Application development is one of many areas in the ICT industry in which aspiring entrepreneurs can carve out a unique and profitable niche. There is a talented and growing development community in Qatar, and it was fantastic to be able to showcase their imaginative skills at QITCOM 2012. I give my sincere congratulations to all the winners,” said Ali Al-Khulaifi, Chairman of QITCOM organizing committee.

To learn more about Indie Fikra: Appathon 2012 and view behind the scenes footage and photography from the two day event, visit Vodafone’s website at www.vodafone.com.qa/appathon.


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