Mobile Apps in Africa News: #15

SA dominates Africa App Quest finalists, wildlife spotting app takes top spot


The Africa App Quest kicked off in March this year. The competition was a challenge to developers across the continent, to build the strongest mobile travel app compatible with iOS, Android and Windows Phone, with the winner determined by who used technology to improve and increase travel in Africa best. Four finalists presented at this year’s E-Tourism Africa Summit, with real-time crowd-sourcing app for animal sightings – Wild Africa Live – taking the top spot.

In what was a rather short time frame from the start of the competition to deadline (roughly five months), over 70 entries duked it out for for the US$10 000 prize. The criteria took into account whether the entrant was an application, product or service used in the travel industry, or by tourists themselves. Judges included reps from E-Tourism Frontiers, South African Tourism, VISA, the Kenya Tourist Board, and TripAdvisor. MORE…

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