RadioPod wins Vodacom App Star Challenge PDF Print E-mail

A mobile app giving users access to a large variety of South African podcasts has just earned its developer the first prize in the inaugural Vodacom App Star Challenge.

Kishyr Ramdial, a 25-year old mobile app developer for Durban-based app specialist company immedia, is the talent behind the Challenge’s winning app RadioPod. This mobile app features a large directory of podcast feeds from South Africa’s largest radio stations, private individuals and groups.

Vodacom launched the App Star Challenge as part of its strategy to entrench itself within the local Android app space and to support South African developed apps that cater to a uniquely local market. The apps that were submitted for the Challenge were judged based on local relevance, user experience, design, content and overall quality. According to the judges, Ramdial’s RadioPod app scored highly in all categories, earning Ramdial the R15 000 prize money, an iPad2 and tickets to attend a local ICT conference of his choice.

The apps that came in second and third place also display a distinctly South African flair. In second place was Dr. David Vanucci’s Mobiraba, an Android app of the traditional African board game Morabaraba. Glenn Stein took third place with PhraZApp, a Java App which translates South African languages.  

Ramdial, who became familiar to myDL readers after becoming one of the first South Africans to own an iPad, says that he considers this victory to be a boon for developers in South Africa as a whole and especially his hometown of Durban: "For me, winning this award represents a stake in the ground for South Africa and Durban in particular. It proves that Durban-based developers can be relevant and competitive – not just other better-resourced and –profiled cities in South Africa, but also globally. It’s also the ultimate recognition of the world-class skills that developers within our team have honed during the last five years."

"One of the most important lessons we’ve learnt is that the best apps are the ones built by a multi-disciplinary team, consisting of designers, front-and backend developers, strategists and the client,"  says Ramdial. "In light of this, we hope to continue developing technically and aesthetically groundbreaking local apps and in doing so, give even more credence to our philosophy that apps can be ‘by Africans but for the world’."

All three winning apps will be launching on the Vodacom App store.
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