Mobile Apps in Africa News: #30

Apps Help Turn Mobile Gaming into Social Good

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The Global Gaming Initiative is leveraging popular mobile game genres to “make play purposeful,” with its first effort turning high scores into transportation for those in need in Africa.

Sidekick Cycle provides bikes to people in underdeveloped countries through a partnership with World Bicycle Relief. Users can purchase the app in Apple’s App Store for $.99 and enjoy the downhill racing game, all the while contributing to the charitable effort. For every 387 games sold, a bike is given to a disadvantaged child. So far, 157,979 bikes are in the field, changing 789,895 lives, according to Mashable.

“Our game does have a message, but it is through play and having fun that people learn,” said Global Gaming Initiative founder Elizabeth Sarquis. “In the US, bikes are a leisure activity for most, but in other parts of the world bikes are a form of transportation that provides access to education, health and employment.” MORE…

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African startups head for finals of global app challenge

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A handful of African startups will travel to Moldova this month to compete in the global finals of the VentureOut Challenge, an initiative of infoDev, a World Bank agency.

In the finals, 13 mobile apps from around the globe will be showcased before a live audience and a panel of mobile experts in Chisinau, Moldova on November 1, 2013. The VentureOut initiative was launched to help mobile app entrepreneurs to expand internationally and received 113 entries from around the world.

Finalists from Africa include GoMetro – a South African transit app that provides contextual public transport information from official and unofficial sources; Marodi.tv – a replay TV platform created in Senegal for mobile and web playing TV programs from channels in Senegal and Cameroon; Nearest Locator – a Nigerian app that helps users easily find the nearest ATMs, banks, eateries, hospitals, pharmacies and more;  Prowork – an app created in Nigeria that empowers businesses by bringing project management and collaboration together on one platform; and Waabeh –  built in Kenya to serve as Africa’s audio market place, helping with the discovery and distribution of audio content from the continent. MORE…

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