Facebook invites developers across Africa and the Middle East to contest on a USD $20,000 offer by creating innovative messenger bots. This award shall be shared to six winning team of this challenge. Bots for Messenger Challenge strives to recognise and reward developers who are able to create the most innovative new messenger chat bots.
Facebook has a history of promoting tech startups across Africa and the middle east. These startups are usually provided with essential tools needed to build, grow, monetize and measure effectiveness. This bot messenger challenge is open to developers across the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa in these three categories of gaming and entertainment: Productivity and Utility: Social Good
A short list of 60 teams shall be selected as a finalist from each of the three regions, the Middle East and North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa respectively. From this 60 teams, 30 finalist teams (10 from each category) will win a Gear VR and mobile phone, one hour of Facebook mentorship, and up to $40,000 USD in tools and services from FbStart, a Facebook program designed to help early stage mobile startups build and grow their bots. Student finalists will also receive US$2,000 per team.
For both regions, one team from each category will be named a runner up, receiving US$10,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship.
Three overall winners will be selected from each region (one from each category), awarded with US$20,000 and six months of Facebook mentorship.
To be eligible, the bots must be created using the Messenger Platform API, and adhere to the Messenger Platform developer guidelines.
Deadline April 18th, 2017