Nokia and Microsoft’s ‘The Midnight Developer Challenge’ beacons local talent

By on December 9, 2012
submit to reddit

Chance to win $33,000 in Nokia and Microsoft’s first student app development contest for the Middle East.


Think you can make the next big app? Then ‘The Midnight Developer Challenge’ is where you want to be. In a move to promote local talent, Nokia and Microsoft will be hosting its first, and region’s biggest student app development competition from this month. The competition aims to provide students with exposure and training in the latest mobile and app development technologies in order to help them make the next Flipboard or WhatsApp.

Participating students will receive three months of technical training and coding sessions with Nokia and Microsoft software experts through weekly webinars and online support. Both the companies promises to work closely with students to help them conceptualize their ideas, and also with the universities to ensure full faculty support is provided for students who are participating in the competition.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for students to get real life experience in designing, developing and distributing a mobile app for consumers in an emerging app economy,” said Joe Devassy, Head of Developer Experience, Nokia IMEA. “We designed this competition to maximise the learning process of this entrepreneurial journey – that is, how to go from an abstract idea to a fully-developed Windows Phone 8 app available to millions of consumers worldwide.”

“This initiative, which empowers young local talent with world-class opportunities to develop and learn about the latest advances in mobile app technology, is testament to our commitment to the region. Windows Phone 8 is a great mobile platform and there is immense opportunity for developers to leverage and utilise the innovative features of the Nokia Lumia range including augmented reality navigation, NFC and imaging,” said Amintas Lopes Neto, Academia and Startups Lead, Microsoft MEA.

The contest will be divided into two categories – Apps and Games. Both categories will have a winner and runner’s up, with a total $33,000 worth of cash up for grabs. The winning team will receive $10,000 in cash, a trip to a Nokia Global event, and an Xbox 360 and Lumia 920 for each team member. The runner’s up team will receive $5,000 in cash, and an Xbox 360 and Lumia 920 for each team member. Participants of the competition will also have the opportunity to be eligible for the annual Microsoft Imagine Cup 2013 Windows Phone Challenge.

If you are interested in participating, make sure you have registered before December 15.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

Most Read
Most Commented
Win two Toshiba AT200 tablets

This festive season Toshiba has 2 tablets to giveaway.

Win an MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 Motherboard

Thanks to MSI we have an great AMD FM2 motherboard to giveaway.

Win a Nokia Asha 311

Thanks to Nokia we have a great entry-level smartphone to giveaway.