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Android Developer Challenge — Sub-Saharan Africa: Judging & Eligibility


Judges will consider each entry under the following equally-weighted judging criteria: Originality of Concept, Effective Use of the Android Platform, Polish and Appeal, and Indispensability. For more details, check out the Terms & Conditions.

Semi-Final Round

By July 1st, all apps entering the competition need to be submitted for judging. We will select the top three applications from each category in each region — 3 apps, from each of the 3 categories in all 3 regions (27 apps total) — will move to the final round. Applications will be evaluated and ranked by a team of Google-selected internal & external judges. On July 15, the apps moving to the final round will be announced.

Final Round

Those developers whose apps make it to the final round will have six weeks to improve their applications (add features, improve stability/performance, etc). By August 30th, developers in the final round will need to submit the final versions of their apps for judging via the website.

All applications in each region and category will be evaluated and ranked by a team of Google-selected judges. At the end of the judging period, on September 12th, finalists will be announced.

Submitting Apps

All applications will be submitted by the communicated deadlines via the online form found on the Android Developer Challenge, SSA website.

Note: The contest is open only to applications that have not been published. To be specific, applications that are available on Android Market, any other available apps market, or public website, prior to July 1st, 2011 will not be eligible to participate in the contest.


Prizes will be distributed as follows; all prizes are in USD:

  • Semi-Final Round: All teams that make it to the final round in each category in each region will be awarded Android phones.
  • Final Round: 1st prize in each category across all regions will receive $25,000 USD and the chance to attend a Google developer event.


The Android Developer Challenge contest is open only to applications that have not been made publicly available through the Android Market, any other available apps market, or public website, prior to July 1st, 2011. Additionally, applications that were entered into other mobile contests are ineligible for the contest, regardless of whether they were winning apps. Similarly, updated versions of applications entered in other contests are ineligible.

When you enter an application in the Android Developer Challenge, we will make it available to all contest judges for free, exclusively for the purposes of judging. If you intend to sell your application after the conclusion of the contest, you may submit a "trial" version of the application for judging. We recommend that your trial version include full functionality, but with a timed expiration, rather than including limited functionality with no expiration. Judges will evaluate your application based only on the functionality accessible to them, so it makes sense to provide the fullest range of capabilities possible in your contest app.
All submitted applications must run on Android 2.2 and higher and the user interface must be in English or French.

Teams can be no more than 3 people. All team members’ names must be listed when submitting the application for the Android Developer Challenge.

For full details of eligibility, please see the official Terms and Conditions.

Participation Requirements

To participate, you must reside in a country in Sub Saharan Africa and have a local phone number at which we can contact you. All winners will be asked to verify the above facts before being awarded prizes.

Competition Markets: For the semi-finals, apps will be judged against others in their region and same category, broken down by West & Central Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa. The competition is open to people residing in all Sub-Saharan African countries excluding Sudan. For a full list of eligible countries, see below.

Regional Competitions:

Region Countries
West & Central Africa
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cape Verde
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Togo
  • Chad
  • Cameroon
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Central African Republic
  • Congo Republic
  • Gabon
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
East Africa
  • Burundi
  • Comoros
  • Dijibouti
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Reunion
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
Southern Africa
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
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