Automs.gs wins Appstar challenge

The winners of the 2013 Vodafone Safaricom Appstar challenge have been announced.

Kenyan app Automs.gs has been declared winner of the 2013 Appstar Challenge. The competition was organised in partnership between Safaricom and Vodafone, in order to give support to mobile applications developers in emerging markets.

The finals took place in Nairobi, where Joe Njeru’s Automs.gs was chosen as the overall winner. Automs.gs is an SMS scheduler app that allows the automatic sending of personalized text messages on pre-scheduled dates.

India’s Kunal Mahajan’s Matchbox puzzle game app was the runner up, while South Africa’s Kholofelo Moyaba took third place with the GoMetro commuter information app.

A total of 2,200 apps developers registered for this year’s Appstar challenge and eight developers from Kenya, India, South Africa and Tanzania reached the finals to compete for cash prizes valued at USD 22,000.

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