Create an innovative bot and win up to $20k in Facebook's Bots for Messenger Challenge


#1

Facebook has just launched its Bots for Messenger Challenge and it’s open to developers in Africa and the Middle East. The challenge has three categories:

  1. Gaming and Entertainment
  2. Productivity and Utility
  3. Social Good

Teams of up to 3 people are invited to participate in the challenge and submission period runs from February 15, 2017 to April 28, 2017.

Prizes vary depending on how far you get so I’ll just copy and paste it below:

Prizes
Finalist Teams
From each region (i) Middle East and North Africa; and (ii) Sub-Saharan Africa: 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.

Note: All student teams or indivdiual student entrants who make it to the finals will win an additional $2,000 USD (students will be verified against their registration via their government accredited school email accounts).

Runner Up Teams
For each region (i) Middle East and North Africa; and (ii) Sub-Saharan Africa: 3 runner up teams (1 from each category) will win $10,000 USD and 3 months of Facebook mentorship (1 hour per month).

Winning Teams
For each region (i) Middle East and North Africa; and (ii) Sub-Saharan Africa: 3 winning teams (1 from each category) will win $20,000 USD and 3 months of Facebook mentorship (1 hour per month).

Terms and conditions and other details are here.


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#2

I should try this …


#3

Like why not?


#4

Someone should tell someone who knows someone that they need to increase the price :moneybag: :moneybag: :moneybag:! And they need to calm down on dangling :carrot: like mentor hours, tools and services from FB - just raw hard cash pls.

Abi na only mr. Zuck sabi spend money…


#5

Sir @nke_ise please come and collect your sub.


#6

20k wawu!!! abeg make am competition, u build bot FB invest in it n headlines it, will push the bot development programme in Nigeria and Africa to the sky. so say u build very cool bot, u enter competition, u pitch , u show demo winner takes 100k, others get the mentor hours( everybody wins)


#7

Did a quick hack New Facebook News Bot