Top 50 Entries for the Pivot East App Challenge Announced

Pivot25, now called Pivot East, is back. This time they promise to be more open and lenient with their gate charges and say that you won’t see more friends of iHub managers win the competition than the deserving Kenyans locked out. The categories are also to match the applications entered in them unlike before where utility category had games and productivity apps had social media apps.

My write-up on the competition touched raw nerves until a fatwa was issued against me resulting in the 9th February assault at the iHub. I was and still is just being honest. Problem is majority love it when you massage their egos than when you tell them the honest truth. But also after my criticism, the organisers are now hiding more and more information with even few sponsors openly mentioned while in actual sense, they might be very many.

Below are some of the apps which have been short-listed for the second version of the annual challenge.

Financial Services categoryBusiness and Resource Management CategoryEntertainment Category
ChangamkaArt PakachaAngryKenyans
Future MagnetsDairy Sacco AppKenyanEnt
Kwachu TikoEasy OrderMa3racer
mCollectorGet-it! appMag Preview
MobiKashMyBusiness AppMagaziine
M-TafitiSMS Based Health Insurance Members VerificationRun For Afrika
Pay4UsSMS Offline and Online virtual Market placeTough Jungle
Mobile Society CategoryUtilities Category
eLimu6ix degrees
GorecyclerMafuta Go
Mtu wa Jobm-verified
SARURASmart Drive 360

The event will be a 2-day event (5 – 6th June) bringing the whole of East Africa together. The above 50 apps will battle it for the main category prize of $10,000 and $2,000 for each of the top 25 apps which will be further short-listed.

Gate charges, I am very afraid, are still very exploitative at around Ksh 7,300 though the organisers are promising to subsidise tickets for students. I say “exploitative” because Samsung is a great sponsor of the challenge and even this year (around January 9th) they announced that they will still be the main sponsors.

In 2011, some corporates boycotted sponsoring the event when they realised that they would not get good return since the gate charges locked out most of the Kenyan tech addicts.

Great that even this year’s Pivot East event has attracted entrants from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya. More than two hundred entries were submitted in the above five categories. Submission deadline for the applications was 31st of March 2012 followed by the selection process began.

The organisers say that the judging process was based on “inventiveness, innovativeness, enterprise ability and scalability of each App.”

All the best to the entrants

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Written by Robert

Robert Alai is a respected Kenyan blogger, technical evangelist, and social justice activist. Robert is known for his hard-hitting articles and opinions disseminated through his Twitter handle or Facebook page. he is the founder of KahawaTungu.


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