Facebook challenges developers to create the smartest Bots for Messenger
Facebook is challenging developers throughout the Middle East and Africa to create revolutionary bots in the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. This aligns with Facebook’s dedication to promote innovation within the Middle East and Africa by offering developers and start-ups with the tools they need to build, grow, monetise, and measure products and services.
Facebook grew out of a hacker culture and thrives by promoting innovation on new platforms. That is why Facebook is launching the Bots for Messenger Challenge, a contest to recognise and reward developers who are capable of creating the most revolutionary new bots on Messenger.
Developers, in teams of up to three individuals, 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 mentor-ship and tools and services from FbStart, a Facebook program designed to assist early stage mobile start-ups build and grow their bots.
All student teams who make it to the finals will win an extra $2,000 (students will likely be verified during their registration by way of their government accredited school email accounts).
For every region, three runner-up teams (one from every category) will win $10,000 and three months of Facebook mentor-ship.
For every area, three successful teams (one from every category) will win $20,000 and three months of Facebook mentor-ship.
· Submissions open: 15 February at 09:00 GMT
· Deadline for entries: 28 April at 11:59:59 GMT
· Finalists announced (30 teams each in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East/North Africa): 19 May at 09:00 GMT
· Deadline for entries from finalists: 2 June at 11:59:59 GMT
· Winners announced: 19 June at 09:00 GMT (three winners and three runner up teams within the Middle East and North Africa; three winners and three runner up teams in Sub-Saharan Africa)