Facebook is challenging developers across the Middle East and Africa to create innovative bots in the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. The company says that this challenge is in tune with its commitment to promote innovation by providing developers and start-ups with the tools they need to “build, grow, monetize, and measure products and services.”
In teams of up to three people, developers are invited to create bots in three categories: gaming and entertainment; productivity and utility; and social good.
The 60 finalist teams (10 per category in each region) will win a Gear VR and mobile phone, one hour of Facebook mentorship and tools and services from FbStart, a Facebook program designed to help early stage mobile start-ups build and grow their bots.
All student teams who make it to the finals will win an additional $2,000 (students will be verified against their registration via their government accredited school email accounts).
For each region, three runner-up teams (one from each category) will win $10,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship.
For each region, three winning teams (one from each category) will win $20,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship.
See the rules of the competition here: https://messengerchallenge.splashthat.com