Innovate For All, HUAWEI HMS App Innovation Contest Goes Global

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Riyadh – : Developers around the world are being invited to put their skills to the test on a global stage with the launch of HUAWEI HMS App Innovation Contest, Apps UP, launching on 13th of July till 30th of August

The inaugural contest will see entrants compete against other experienced developers to create innovative apps that improve and help navigate everyday life. Apps UP contest provides a platform for developers in each of the five competition regions: Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Latin America and China to showcase their skills and innovation.

HMS Core integrates Huawei’s Chipset-Device-Cloud capabilities, providing core capabilities to developers such as Machine Learning Kit, HiAI, AR Engine and more. Developers can easily achieve direct access and global all-scenario intelligence distribution across all devices by integrating their apps with HMS Core.

With AppGallery’s continued growth and position as one of the top three global app marketplace, winners of the Apps UP contest will get the chance to have their apps promoted on HUAWEI AppGallery, making them accessible to hundreds of millions of Huawei and HONOR users from more than 170 countries and regions, combined with the benefits of AppGallery Connect, providing one-stop service open platform for mobile apps, which help developers innovate and carry out efficient operations.

Prizes and wider benefits also include:

  • USD$200k total funded by the Shining-Star Program, in cash prizes in the following categories: Best App, Best Game, Best Social Impact App, Most Popular App, Honourable Mention
  • Opportunity to compete on a global stage and showcase technical ability using leading HMS Core
  • Discussion with industry experts and Apps UP expert judging panel
  • Free access to Huawei Developers events, courses and certifications

To celebrate the launch of the contest, Huawei hosted a live virtual event on Monday 13th of July at UTC+4:00 15:00 to showcase what’s in store for developers. The event marked the opening of the global contest including talks from Adam Xiao, Managing Director of Huawei Mobile Service in Middle East and Africa, and successful developers from Middle East to talk about their experience with Huawei HMS Core, also will include talks with some managers of the largest technical companies in the Arab world including Ibrahim Hamady the CEO of Arab Hardware, Mostafa Al-Nahas the director of Fawry the online payment platform, and other prominent figures in the technical fields at the level of the Arab world, this live event will be presented by Ahmed Aziz, contest provider at Arab Hardware.

Zhang Ping’an, President of Consumer Cloud Service, Huawei Consumer Business Group,

delivered a keynote Speech titled “HMS Innovate For All”

Examples of the integration with HMS Core showed at the launch event include art app Sketch AR, an application that uses HUAWEI HiAI to create a smarter app for virtual art creation. Another is StorySign, which integrates with Machine Learning Kit and blends image recognition, HUAWEI HiAI Optical Character Recognition (OCR) translate popular children’s books into sign language to ensure deaf children can enjoy story time.

Commenting on the launch of the HUAWEI HMS App Innovation Contest, Apps UP, Zhang Ping’an said: “The number of talented developers of HMS ecosystem is growing. The work that developers do is integral to so much of our daily life. Through the apps they create, they empower us to seamlessly navigate the world around us. At Huawei, we want to invite developers to join us in building a better future and turn their ideas into reality using HMS Core offered by Huawei Mobile Services.”

How to enter

To enter, participants must register an account on the official website, between 13th July – 30th August 2020 and sign up either as an individual or as a team of up to three members.

All apps must be developed integrating HMS Core and submitted on the contest official website before 18:00 UTC+8 on 30 August 2020, where a panel of regional industry experts will score each entry on social value, business value, user experience and originality.

From there, at the stage of public review, the top 20 shortlisted apps in each region will be made available for the public to download on the contest official website or HUAWEI AppGallery from 21st September, making their way to the finals in October.

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