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  • About

    A competition brought by the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) and Microsoft to support Egyptian startups to scale and grow their business

    The initiative focuses on 4 main technology tracks related to :

    1-IOT
    Azure IOT Suite

    2-Client Development
    Azure-Backed Xamarin Applications (Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS)

    3-Open Source Web Development (PHP/Node.js)
    Azure Web Apps (Azure App Service)

    4-Bot Framework
    Azure-Backed Bots using Azure Cognitive Services especially Language Understanding Intelligent Service API.

  • Benefits & Prizes

    1- Seed fund from Microsoft of 90,000 EGP for each of 5 winning teams.
    2- Acceleration program at TIEC for 2 and half months.

    *Teams will be provided either an Acceleration Program at TIEC or consultancy sessions in the Areas of Marketing, Digital Marketing, Finance & Technical (The number of sessions will be determined by the juries recommendations).

  • Eligibility Criteria

    - Privately-owned Egyptian Startups actively engaged in development of a software-based product or service in the above mentioned technologies.
    - Startups less than 5 years old.
    - Be a BizSpark member, if you are not, you can apply through BizSpark program for startups and notify staregy@microsoft.com with your submission.
    - Be registered on Egypt’s Startup Map www.egyptinnovate.com.
    - Innovative solution is in the Prototype stage.
    - Solution Running on Azure: Solution has to be hosted on Microsoft Azure.

  • Timeline

    Date Activity
    7th of February Launch of the competition & Application submission
    28th of Feb End of competition submission
    5th of March Announcement of preliminarily accepted applicants
    7th & 8th of March Technical Hackathon by Microsoft (accepted applicants have to attend the hackathon)
    9th of March Pitching Day & announcing the winners

  • Judging criteria

    there will be judges from Microsoft along with TIEC and other partners to help participants understand that Microsoft would judge the contest

    Judging criteria Description Weighting
    Concept -Innovation: The idea of the project must be original, new and an advancement to any of the solutions readily available in the marketplace or industry.
    -Does the app have a clear target market or audience?
    -Does the app address a clear need, problem, or opportunity and is the solution clearly explained? Solving a real problem: The project has to offer a real solution for an existing need or problem in the society; traffic, healthcare, education, etc
    20%
    User Experience -Is the project easy to use?
    -Does the project perform well and respond crisply to input?
    -Does the project have a professional degree of production in terms of user interface, visuals, and audio?
    -Does the project follow the design guidelines of its platforms?
    30%
    Implementation -Does the project make effective and appropriate use of the major features of its platform?
    -Does the project include innovations in technical design and/or implementation?
    -Does the project handles offline sync, push notifications and application life cycle management?
    40%
    Monetization -Does the app apply any monetization model?
    -(Ads/Paid/Free Trials/In-App Purchase)
    10%

  • Winners

    Congratulations! 5 winners

    - COOLTECK
    - VDITORY
    - MA&FAZTAK
    - TRACKKY
    - PASSIN

icon Tip of the week
Wishing for Innovation isn’t Enough
Innovation is increasingly viewed as critical to sustaining a competitive advantage in the changing global marketplace.
Many people indicate that their innovation efforts are lacking. What gives?

Source :http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228516
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