60 Finalists Selected for Facebook’s Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge

Facebook has selected 60 finalists from the hundreds of entries it received from across the Middle East and Africa
Facebook has selected 60 finalists from the hundreds of entries it received from across the Middle East and Africa

For many years Facebook has been promoting innovation across the Middle-East and sub-Sahara Africa, providing startups with the tools they need to build, grow, monetize, and measure.

Facebook grew out of a hacker culture and has thrived on seeking out and promoting innovation on new platforms.

In view of the above, Facebook launched the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge in February 2017.

The challenge was to recognize and reward developers who are able to create the most innovative new bots on Messenger in the Middle-East and Sub-Sahara Africa across these three categories: Gaming and Entertainment, Productivity and Utility, and Social Good.

Facebook has selected 60 finalists from the hundreds of entries it received from across the Middle East and Africa for the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge.

Developers, in teams of up to three people, were invited to create bots in three categories: gaming and entertainment; productivity and utility; and social good.

The 60 finalist teams (10 per category in Middle-East/North-Africa and sub-Saharan Africa) each won a Gear VR and mobile phone, one hour of Facebook mentorship, and tools and services from FbStart, a Facebook program designed to help early stage mobile startups build and grow their bots. All student teams who made it to the finals won an additional $2,000.

Middle-East & North Africa Winners

The finalists from the Middle-East and North Africa were mostly from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia and the UAE.

Sub-Saharan Africa Winners

The finalists from sub-Saharan Africa were mostly from Benin, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

For each region, three runner-up teams (one from each category) will win $10,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship. For each region, three winning teams (one from each category) will win $20,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship.

Facebook grew out of a hacker culture and thrives by promoting innovation on new platforms. That’s why we launched the Bots for Messenger Challenge, with the aim of rewarding entrepreneurs and developers for harnessing the power of bots to create amazing new services and apps.” – Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa.

“We were overwhelmed to receive more than 1,000 entries over two and a half months for the Bots for Messenger Challenge from developers and entrepreneurs across the Middle East and Africa—each one of them solving a problem in an inventive way or enriching the lives of its target user.” he added.

Find more information about the 60 selected winners here: Bots for Messenger Challenge Winner.

Image Credit: Facebook

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