Ncell on Wednesday announced 24 teams, six each from four categories of Agriculture, Corporate Solution, Education and Tourism, as the finalists for Ncell App Camp 2014, the biggest mobile app competition of Nepal.
There were 150 teams competing to find place in the top 24 under the four categories. Following the closure of submission of final ideas on December 1, independent panel of selectors, including representatives from institutions like International Financial Corporation of the World Bank Group, Nepal Tourism Board, Golchha Organization, NIMBUS and f1Soft, among others, evaluated and scored their final app ideas and business plan to decide on the finalists.
The teams were judged based on their scores on criteria such as importance of problem their ideas solved, global scalability potential, business model and articulation and presentation, among others.
Six teams that got the highest scores and found way into the finals under Agriculture are Care Crop, Creative Mind, Creatu Developer I, ICT for Agriculture, Saathi and The Revolution. AppsJhola, Cabby, Drupartment, Eagle School Bus, QOD and SentiNep have been selected as finalists under Corporate Solution.
Likewise, MeroAnswer, Group of Innovative Developer, Leazies, Riti-Riwaj, Special Forces and Team Xaverian have been selected as finalists under Education, while HireAGuide, Home Stay Nepal, Nepflights, Team Yellow Nepal, Tourist Talk and Lipi (Script) have their way to the finals under Tourism category.
The top 24 teams will compete in the final competition to be held through December 9-11, 2014. During the final stage of the competition, the teams will learn more about running an innovative business and get additional guidance from local and international mentors on their app ideas. On the final day, teams will pitch their idea and present a demo of their app to a panel of jury, who will then decide the winners of the competition.
The winners of each category will receive Rs 250,000 and the overall winner will receive additional Rs 500,000 and an opportunity to participate in similar overseas app camp in 2015.