Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) recently announced the commencement of AppsUP 2021, their annual worldwide app innovation competition. In this year’s Asia Pacific (APAC) edition, contestants from all over the area will compete for a prize fund of US$200,000. From June 10 to August 20, interested applicants can register for the competition.
The competition, which aims to encourage and enable developers to use HMS Core Kits to create creative apps, will be held in five regions: APAC, Europe, Latin America, Mainland China, and the Middle East and Africa.
This year’s APAC edition will include ten award categories, including AppGallery Rising Star Award, Best Fintech Innovation Award, Best HMS Core Innovation Award, Excellent Student Award, and Tech Women’s Award, as well as new categories such as AppGallery Rising Star Award, Best Fintech Innovation Award, Best HMS Core Innovation Award, Excellent Student Award, and Tech Women’s Award. Twenty excellent apps will be chosen based on their social, business, and user experience value, as well as their innovativeness.
In addition to the monetary prizes, AppsUP 2021 provides an accelerated road to the world’s third-largest mobile ecosystem, allowing developers to break into the worldwide market. By entering the contest and submitting their apps to AppGallery, they will have access to over 730 million Huawei smartphone users throughout the world, as well as increased exposure to potential partners and investors.
Shane Shan, Director of APAC Huawei Consumer Cloud Service said, “In Huawei, we 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 to the world. Hence, in AppsUP 2021, we have two times the number of award categories, with new awards specially created to recognise student developers, female developers, and budding developers who are new to HMS mobile ecosystem.”
Participating developers in APAC can look 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 opportunities with Huawei.
In 2020, numerous Philippine start-ups and developers entered the competition, and three of them placed in the top ten, with Kumu winning as one of the best apps, Investegrams (Investa, Philippines), and Spick&Span receiving honorable mentions (PlusPoints,Philippines). Spick &Span was also named one of the most socially influential apps.
AppsUP 2021 is open to all mobile app developers and owners, including students, professionals, startups, and companies.
To be eligible, developers must be headquartered in the APAC area, and their apps must be integrated with at least one HMS Core Kit. Participants can enter the competition as an individual or as part of a team of up to three people.
To register for AppsUP 2021, or for more information including a schedule for upcoming workshops and panel of judges, please visit the official website – http://bit.ly/appsupapac-prid