Huawei announced that developers across Africa have more time to ensure their entries are submitted for the 2021 HMS Apps Innovation Competition, Apps UP, with the entry deadline extended until Sunday 5 September 2021.
The competition is in full swing with the South African team entering the lead in the Middle East and Africa region. Other team registrations come from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Mauritius, Ethiopia and Tanzania. So if you think you’ve got a game-changing app or the next big mobile game, enter the Huawei Apps UP contest now!
About the competition
The Huawei Apps UP competition is intended to inspire global developers to leverage the open capabilities of HUAWEI Core to create innovative apps, encourage joint innovation with global app developers, and rebuild the future of technology. The competition also aims to encourage developers to bring their all-scenario smart life experience to Huawei end users in more than 170 countries and regions, reaching more than 650 million Huawei users globally, and to give them the chance to compete with their global peers.
Two-time Apps UP 2020 competition winner Zane Espin says the competition has changed his life immensely.
“It has been a passion for me to bring my ideas and dreams to life and make them interactive. I appreciate the various skills you need to develop games. Game development is a meta-art. I relish the challenge of having to be both logical and creative, ”says Espin.
Its most recent application is a game called Glove, which earned him the prestigious Best Game Award last year. The game was inspired by 80s games like Space Invaders and Galaga. It also has another award winning game called Slug hunter who received an honorable mention award, which he says is a testament to his love of science fiction. “Once I started developing I realized how much I liked it. It became like an obsession driven by passion.
Regarding the competition, Espin said he has learned a lot and continues to learn. “The trip with Huawei Mobile Services has been fantastic. I don’t do programming as a day job; everything I have learned so far has been self-taught. So, the initial integration of the Huawei Core Kits seemed daunting. However, going through the documentation and with some advice from the Huawei support team, it turned out to be a lot easier than I thought. I integrated everything I needed in one day.
Espin adds that he can now qualify his studio as an award-winning studio, which will go a long way in helping him break into the international gaming scene. “There aren’t a lot of internationally recognized African developers, and that has to be. change. We have unique stories and experiences to share with the world. We need better representation in the interactive entertainment scene and competitions like Huawei Apps UP help us achieve this much more easily, ”concludes Espin.
Getting into Apps UP is easy! Here’s how:
Participants must create an account on the Huawei developer official website. Candidates can register either individually or in teams of up to three members. All applications submitted must be developed by integrating the HMS base kits and submitted on the official competition website before September 5, 2021. The jury will shortlist the works based on social value, commercial value, user experience and originality. Click on here to learn more about Apps UP’s rules for registration, submission, and deadline dates.
If, like Espin, you are passionate about app development and think you have what it takes to stand out not only for yourself but also for the African continent, enter the Huawei Apps UP competition now.