Developer wins Nokia award for 'Skinswap' app

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A Kenyan developer has won Ksh1million for his mobile application “Skinswap” - which allows users to receive wallpapers easily and create a hybrid of animals and skins.

With the application users can, for example, create a wallpaper of a lion with a zebra skin.

“I’m extremely delighted to have won with Nokia. It’s a clear demonstration that Kenya’s mobile app developers, like me, have a great chance to place themselves on a global platform with locally relevant ideas,” said competition winner, Mike Kivuva.

Other winners in the 48-hour challenge include Andrew Mutua who won Khs300 000 as the first runner up for his app “Mhasibu”, which helps users manage finances, expenses, bills and debt.

“Quick Drums”, a beat creation app, developed by Jotham Nguri was the second runner up.

“We are incredibly proud of the developers that won, as they rose to the challenge and pushed the envelope in developing applications that stood out with the judges,” said Peter Karimi, business development manager, EDX: Nokia East Africa.

“The energy and enthusiasm that the developers brought to this challenge was amazing and we encourage them to keep up the momentum,” he added.

The two-day event pitched developers against each other, in the search for rich, compelling apps for Nokia smartphones.

Other notable mobile apps that were presented include Safety Plus, an app for road safety where user’s report and share incidents, iBudget which helps users with budgeting and calculation of daily and monthly expenses and Dashboard, which notifies drivers once they go over a certain speed limit.