A digital revolution is taking place today in Africa and the Middle East. The Orange Developer Challenge aims to boost innovation by enabling start-ups and developers to use our Open Web Services (API).
We wanted the Developer Challenge to provide businesses with tailored solutions for the digital world, which are essential tools for success in Africa and the Middle East. Our ambition is to accelerate local innovations that best meet the specific challenges populations are facing.
2016: local API contests in Egypt, Mali and Senegal
2015: FarmConnecta wins
Developers and startups from eleven countries participate: Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo and France are represented.
The call for nominations harvests over 1,200 innovative projects, while the dedicated website receives 200,000 hits. The proposed solutions illustrate the potential of telecommunications in the development of the area, in fields as diverse as health, agriculture, education or energy.
Success: FarmConnecta, the winner of the 2015 edition, receives a prize worth €10,000 including a trip to Cairo during the “Cairo ICT” event in December 2015 and a potential partnership with the Orange Group.
2014: mLouma wins
The first edition brings together entrepreneurs from four countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Mali and Cameroon.
Success: the winner of the 2014 edition’s activity has skyrocketed in Senegal following a partnership with Orange. Indeed, mLouma, a Senegalese startup that has developed a web portal to connect buyers and sellers of agricultural products, began to use the Open Web Services (API) to boost its activity. mLmoua created a USSD and SMS version of its web portal and charged its customers with Orange’s “Direct Billing”. Two weeks after launch, its traffic has increased from 500 to 8,000 users.
A rigorous selection process
First, 10 projects are preselected per countries. They gain access to the Orange API and can integrate their services. The best project from each country is then rewarded locally. Finally, a large panel of experts from Orange and the ICT industry pick the best project in each country. The selection criteria are:
– The level of the Orange API integration;
– The innovative nature of the project;
– The potential for geographical expansion of the project;
– The financial viability of the project and possibilities of partnership with Orange.
2017: how to apply?
The applications submission takes place on a dedicated page on Entrepreneur Club.
Stay tuned in 2017!