WAMDA, by Aline Mayard (June 16, 2013) — In 2012, only 16% of Moroccans owning a mobile phone had a smartphone. And yet, smartphone penetration grew 30% from 2011 to 2012, according to the ANRT. Now, for the third year in a row, local telecom Méditel is supporting that growth by working to promote Moroccan apps with its Méditel Apps Challenge.
Of the 100 Android, iPhone and Windows Phone apps submitted to the competition, Méditel named 15 finalists and then invited the public to vote for their favorite five. The three final laureates reflect how diverse the Moroccan app scene has become, offering games, travel, daily life and sports statistics.
The Grand Prize was awarded to Mehdi Sakout, for his Android app Maroc Culture, a game that tests knowledge of local Moroccan culture and traditions.
Second Prize went to Yassine and Med Amine Serhane, who built Morocco Smart Tour, a Windows App that lets users know what to visit in the 10 biggest Moroccan cities, depending on the time they have.
Third prize was awared to two applications: Watiqa and Ronda. Watiqa, a Windows Phone app built by Soufiane Rochdi, notifies users of the administrative procedures needed to change or renew identification such as a passport, national identity card, and drivers license. Ronda, built by Fayçal Benslimane and soon to be available on the App Store, will render the famous Maroccan card game in an iOS app.
A student prize was awareded to Oualid El Khamlish and Yassine Fraihi for their Android app Foot Alert, which alerts userswith football news and live results.
Aline is French Editor at Wamda. After having worked as the Online Marketing and Community Manager at French startup Buzzcar, she moved to the Middle East. She writes about traveling and culture in the Middle East on her blog Yallabye.eu. You can follow her on Twitter @aline_myd and @yallah_bye, connect with her on LinkedIn, or reach her at aline[at]wamda[dot]com.