Huawei has announced the top 20 shortlisted apps for the Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest (Apps UP) event. The 2021 edition of the competition received over 2,000 submissions from developers in the region and from across the globe.

This year’s 20 regional shortlisted apps represent some of the Middle East and Africa’s most innovative developers and coders across different categories.

The 20 top regional shortlisted apps were nominated based on their innovation, social value, business value, and overall user experience.

The shortlisted entries include the following;

The public can now vote for their favourite applications on the competition’s website. Voting closes on 10th October, 2021. Each email ID is eligible to vote up to ten times per day with a maximum of three votes per app. Public votes will account for 20% of the final results, while the judges’ votes will account for 80%.

Commenting on the shortlisted apps, Adam Xiao, Managing Director, HMS and Consumer Cloud Service for HUAWEI Consumer Business Group MEA, said, “This year’s regional shortlisted apps are truly inspirational and clearly showcase the immense potential of talent available here to build seamless and innovative applications that create long-term value for their users. The strength of the submissions reaffirms our belief that the regional developer community has the skills, desire and potential to address societal challenges and create scalable solutions the world needs today.”

The 2021 edition of the Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest (Apps UP) lasted more than 100 days, covering over 200 countries and regions including China, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. 4,000 teams participated worldwide, with over 600 teams applying for the Tech Women’s Award category, the latest addition to the competition that aims to recognize outstanding women in tech.

Apps UP 2021 also features categories such as Best App, Best Game, Best Social Impact App, Excellent Student Award, Best HMS Core Innovation Award, Honorable Mention, and All-Scenario Coverage Award.

The contest includes a reward of Ksh. 22 million (USD 200,000) in cash prizes for each of the five participating regions, amounting to Ksh. 110.5 million (USD 1 million in total).

During the public review stage running until 10th October, the public and fans of the contest can use the THIS LINK to vote for apps and get the opportunity to enter a lucky draw to win exclusive prizes. Winners will be announced in October.