Seminar series for 150 teams selected for Ncell App Camp 2015, the country’s biggest app development conclave, kicked off on Monday aiming to build capacity of the participants for translating their mobile app idea into a sustainable business.
As a part of the seminar series, a training on ‘business development and idea presentation and pitching’ was organized on the day. CEO of Ncell Erim Taylanlar inaugurated the seminar series, during which he congratulated the participants on being selected for the second round of the competition.
“Ncell App Camp 2015 is continuation of our CSR initiative launched last year, aiming to provide opportunities for young talents to apply their creativity for developing the innovative solutions,” said Taylanlar, welcoming the teams. Referring that Nepal has a huge digital potential, he said that the seminar series aim at contributing to unleashing of that potential through right mentoring and support.
During the training session, Sohan Babu Khatri, CEO of Three H Management, as a keynote speaker encouraged the participating representatives of 150 teams to adopt sustainable model that focuses at continuous innovations. He also shared ideas on marketing, promotion and monetization of the product for generating revenues from the app. “Approach mobile app business model with the dual mindset of building an awesome app and an eventual business,” he advised the teams.
Ncell in 2015 edition is holding mobile app competition under four categories of Games and Entertainment, Health, Tourism and Utilities. Through training and seminars, the teams will work on their app ideas and develop working prototype of their apps, following which a total of 24 ideas - six each from four categories - will be shortlisted on December 12, 2015 for the final competition.
Roshan Subedi, one of the participants of the Ncell App Camp 2015, said that the main takeaway from the seminar was that apps are not just about coding; they are also about building a thriving business. “It’s also about making a sustainable business around the app.”
Before the final competition, 24 teams will receive one-to-one mentorship on business modeling, and user interface and experience, among others. On December 22, one best team in each category will win a cash prize of Rs 250,000 and a grand winner from among them will win an additional cash prize of Rs 500,000, and an opportunity to participate in an international event in 2016.
Nabil Bank, Kathmandu College of Management, e-Sewa and MetLife are partners of Ncell App Camp 2015.