Two Kenyan budding app developing teams – Tokelezea and Easy Parking – emerged winners in the just concluded Ericsson “Apps for African City Life” awards. They were recently feted by the company.
The five software developers – two from Tokelezea and three from Easy Parking – were each handed an “ASUS Transformer Pad” tablet. The Tokelezea app was voted the second prize while Easy Parking took the third position.
At the ceremony, Ericsson Kenya managing director Robert Rudin said that the company is set to have more significant impact in both Kenya and the region by developing solutions that can improve people’s everyday life.
Tokelezea is an app that helps people find fun things to do around them like places to go, events to attend and cinema listings. Users can also find out what their friends are up to. The app, developed by Nick Hargreaves Onyango and Dennis Munene, enables users to search and also interact and share content around the places and events.
Easy Parking is a mobile application intended to help motorists locate available parking areas easily. With the help of sensors installed in the parking lots, a user will be able to locate available parking lots. This will reduce time spent trying to look for a parking spot and eventually reduce fuel consumption. The app was developed by Thomas Kioko, Phoebe Mutua and Trevor Maingi.
The overall winners of the competition was Senegal’s Team Shinsekai who developed an app that aims to support environmental sanitation and hygiene development in cities.
The ‘Apps for African City Life’ competition is part of the global 2013 Ericsson Application Awards (EAA 2013) – an ongoing annual competition for application developers worldwide, organized by Ericsson.