(L-R): Strategic Business Director, Intel, Stanley Muoneke; Software and Services Lead,Intel East Africa, Agatha Gikunda; Member of Winning Team- Verge POS, Ogochukwu Francis; and Applications Engineer, Intel East Africa, Frederick Odhiambo at the App Circus Lagos Competition which held at CCHub Nigeria.
Lagos, Nigeria, October 16, 2015: World leader in computer innovation, Intel, has announced that it will be sponsoring the winner of the Lagos App Circus competition to Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress billed to take place in February 2016.
This announcement was made recently by Software and Services Lead, East Africa, Intel Corporation, Agatha Gikunda during the App Circus competition finale, where team Verge POS, defeated 7 other teams to emerge winner of the competition.
Speaking at the event, Gikunda, said that Intel remains committed to providing opportunities to developers all over the world and promoting their innovations. According to her, there is only one App Circus competition for Africa each year, and Intel is happy to bring the once a year opportunity to Nigeria.
“When App Circus was done in South Africa, a local developer went on to win the global competition so we are excited at the prospects for Nigerian team, Verge POS, who we will be sponsoring with a 3 day pass to the Mobile World Congress in February” she said
On behalf of the judges, Vice President, Institute of Software Developers of Nigeria, Yele Okeremi, in his keynote address commended the developers on their efforts and groundbreaking ideas, stating that they are on the right track. According to him “Your contribution to society will be measured by the impact you make, and not how much money you make”
On his part, spokesperson of the winning team Ogochukwu Francis Osifo expressed the team’s pleasure at winning the competition stating that it was a tall dream come true.
In his words “We are glad to be part of this exciting experience especially since we just launched our app recently. We are extremely grateful to Intel for this opportunity and we are also looking forward to the International exposure, and prospect of future work with Intel as a brand behind us.”
The winning app, Verge POS, is an Android POS solution for small scale retailers, which is free to download, allows offline work, and is backed up on the cloud was found by the judges to be the most promising software after satisfying the criteria of Originality and Global appeal, Creativity and innovation.
App Circus is a global showcase of creative and innovative apps, and the Lagos competition saw 8 software developer teams pitch their App ideas to a panel of judges in order to get feedback and advice on their ideas. Other teams that participated in the finale include Ask the Expert who came second; Swap Naija, Route Buzz, Brain Friend, Campus Pal, Kunku, Scantranx POS and Koko for Messenger.