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SEEMEA Region premiere – Arab Mobile App Challenge

The Arab Mobile App Challenge was held for the first time ever during January 2014. It gave the opportunity to everyone from Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, UAE or Qatar to take part and show of their skills in designing and developing new innovative mobile apps.

More than 150 teams from participating countries took part in the challenge and developed interesting and amazing apps focused on the assigned segments.

Apps needed to be focused on education, entertainment, health or entrepreneurship,  and the top ranked teams will have the opportunity to participate in the Mobile World Congress Finals in Barcelona at the end of February.  Apart from this, the chanllenge also awarded three first place app winners valuable cash prizes.

Three main winners were Loujee, the first ever Arab iOS app powering an educational toy for children ($50,000); Crowd Analyzer, from the UAE, automated Arabic social media platform covering Middle East and North Africa ($30,000); Markabaty from Jordan, helping car owners find workshops and troubleshoot problems ($20,000).

The teams who will go on to the World Mobile Congress are:  ICAPS (UAE), Baharat (Saudi Arabia), EduTechnoz (Qatar), The Pen (Jordan), and Grant Fit (Tunisia).

The Arab Mobile App Challenge was organized by Silatech and Ooredoo from Qatar, as well as the Applied Innovation Institute from the US.

 

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Ecommerce in Southern Europe is booming

While being widely accepted in the US and at the west, ecommerce had a slow start in Southern and Eastern Europe. With the financial crisis ravaging countries like Spain, Greece and Italy everything was on hold, well almost everything. Surprisingly ecommerce is the only thing that had a constant growth in this region during the past few years.

With a yearly growth rate of 23% from 2009, ecommerce in Southern Europe is steadily growing. A report from Ecommerce Europe reveals that the market value in 2012 was about 33.5 bln Euros and it grew over 18% in the past year alone.

Even with the financial crisis countries who take the lead in ecommerce are Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Cyprus and Malta.

Southern Europe ecommerce market is a great opportunity for retailers. Even considering the fact that the average South European shopper spends less than a European shopper (€833 compared to €1,402 in 2012), the possibilities of this growing market are yet to be seen.

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Hello world! Welcome to SEEMEA!

Welcome to SEEMEA! In case you don’t know SEEMEA stands for Southern and Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa. We will cover topics from technology business from this region.

You will find out latest news, reviews of popular sites and products, read interviews with well-known companies as well from rising-star companies, see current job openings and upcoming events in the SEEMEA region, read in-depth analysis and many more.

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