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Huawei calls for contestants

Huawei launches AppsUP app contest with US$200,000 cash prizes


MANILA – Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) launched AppsUP 2021, the global annual app innovation contest recently. The year 2021 Asia Pacific (APAC) edition will find contestants across the region present their respective skills and talents to win from a prize pool of US$200,000. Interested applicants may register from today until August 20 this year.

In a statement, Huawei said the contest aims to inspire and support developers in adopting and integrating HMS Core Kits to create innovative apps, will be run across five regions, including Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Mainland China, the Middle East and Africa.

This year’s APAC edition will feature ten award categories, the Best App, Best Game, Best Social Impact Award, Honorable App Award, and most Popular App Award, and new categories including AppGallery Rising Star Award, Best Fintech Innovation Award, Best HMS Core Innovation Award, Excellent Student Award and Tech Women’s Award. There will be 20 outstanding apps to be selected based on their social value, business value, user experience and innovativeness.

According to Shane Shan, Director of APAC Huawei Consumer Cloud Service, they believe in building a fully inclusive digital society, where technology is for everyone.

“Through our accessible platforms, development tools and technical resources, we hope to empower all levels of developers so that they can showcase their capabilities, with new awards specially created to recognize student developers, female developers, and budding developers who are new to HMS mobile ecosystem,” she said.

In addition to the cash awards, AppsUP 2021 now offers the opportunity to an accelerated path to the third largest mobile ecosystem, providing a stepping stone for developers to get into the global market. By joining the contest and uploading their apps to AppGallery, it is a launchpad for them to access at least 730 million Huawei Huawei global smartphone users, and increase exposure to potential partners and investors.

Participants can look forward to looking forward to an expanded array of technical support, including workshops with hands-on coaching from Huawei’s top engineers and guest judges. Finalists can also enjoy global media promotion and co-marketing.

Last year, several Start-ups and Developers from the Philippines joined the contest and three entries emerged within the top ten, including Kumu winning as one of the Best App. Honorable award were given to Investegrams (Investa, Philippines) and the Spick&Span (PlusPoint Philippines). Spic&Span was also recognized as one of the most Socially Impactful App.

All mobile app developers and app owners, whether students, professionals, startups, or businessmen may participate in this year’s AppsUP 2021.

Developers ought to be from the APAC region and their submitted apps must be integrated with at least one HMS Core Kit to be eligible. Participants may enter the contest individually or as a team of up to three members. Additional information to register for AppsUP 2021, including schedule for upcoming workshops and panel of judges are into http://bit.ly/appsupapac-prid (Melo M. Acuna)


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