Mobile Senegal is bringing in prestigious judges from Senegal and from around the world. Judges are also providing individual feedback to each team. The 6 best mobile solutions will be invited to present their solutions in front of local judges in Senegal and the 3 best mobile solutions will be rewarded. Local judges will be leaders of the mobile market in Senegal. All participants will be invited to submit a poster at the event in January to receive additional feedback on their work.
Juges in Dakar on January 9th
- Mourad Lamloum, IBM
- Omar Cisse, CTIC
- Ka Mama Kambé Saar, Neurotech
- Assane Seck, Celtouch, Djanoa
Judges who will determine the 6 best apps.
- Chun Hei Cheung, QA Tester, Independent, New York, USA (Chair)
- Renaud Gauding, Technical Head, Yɛlɛman, Mali
- Florent Gonthier, Sofware Developer, Amadeus IT, France
- Cheikh Tidiane Gueye, Developer, Axxent, Senegal
- Juan Handal, Freelance Application Developer & Tester, New York, USA
- Graham Hughes, Senior Developer, eSAY Mobile, Manchester, UK
- Daouda Ilboudo, Engineer, Ferlo SA, Dakar, Senegal
- Vidya Kulkarni, Associate Professor, University of Delhi, India
- Dr. Qusay Mahmoud, University of Guelph, Author of the Book “Wireless Java” Published by O’Reilly, Guelph, Canada
- Alon Mei-raz, Team Leader at HP Software, Specialist of LWUIT, Israel
- Belinda Nichols, Leader in Technical Education Programs in Africa, Mountain View, USA
- Drew Roos, Software Engineer, Dimagi, Boston, USA
- Assane Seck, co-fondateur et Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Celtouch LLC / Djanoa, Senegal
- Chun Hei Cheung, QA Tester, Independent, New York, USA
About the judges:
Chun Hei Cheung, QA Tester, Independent, New York, USA
Chun Hei Cheung is a QA tester. He worked at Advanced Mobile Applications (http://www.ama-studios.com) and Sonic Boom Games (http://www.sonicboomgames.com). He has more than 5 years of experience testing mobile apps and games.
Renaud Gauding, Technical Head, Yɛlɛman, Mali
Renaud Gaudin is an ICT expert and developer. After working in French industry, he worked with Geekcorps where he adapted technologies (TV, radio, network, computers, software) for rural usages. He then created the first Offline Wikipedia distribution and an USB content distribution kiosk. After developing many mobile Health projects in Western and Eastern Africa, he directed the Microsoft/Columbia Lab and trained students of Mali, Senegal and Palestine in mobile development. He currently is the technical head of yɛlɛman, a Malian ICT & mobile company.
Florent Gonthier, Sofware Developer, Amadeus IT, France
After graduating from the University of Technology at Belfort Montbeliard in France with two master degrees (software engineering and research in information systems), Florent Gonthier joined the Amadeus IT group in Sophia-Antipolis to work in the field of airline inventory management. He is a software developer specialized in C++ technology.
Cheikh Tidiane Gueye, Developer, Axxent, Dakar, Senegal
Cheikh Tidiane Gueye est diplômé de ll’Université de Laval au Québec et travaille actuellement en tant que développeur chez Axxend une entreprise partenaire de Microsoft. Il a enseigné le génie logiciel à l’Université de Thiès et à l’Ecole Polytechnique Supérieure de Dakar. Il est très impliqué dans la communauté. NET. Il a été Microsoft Student Partner. Il est le lead du Campus-dotnet Student Tech Club.
Juan Handal, Freelance Application Developer & Tester, New York, USA
Electronic Engineer with strong background in telecommunications and data transmissions, Juan worked with VEBA Oil Operations in North Africa, Peru, Argentina and Brazil. He is currently developing and testing Android apps for company based in New York City and has several phone and tablet Android apps in the Android market.
Graham Hughes, Senior Developer, eSAY Mobile, Manchester, UK
Graham has eight years’ experience of mobile application development at a senior technical level, working with industry leaders like Electronic Arts, Sony Ericsson and O2. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in computing, and has earned awards and recognition from Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Research in Motion, Nokia and the Scrum Alliance. Prior to his work in mobile, Graham designed client-server systems as a technical consultant, and lectured in object oriented software engineering for the UK’s largest university.
Daouda Ilboudo, Engineer, Ferlo SA, Dakar, Senegal
Daouda holds a Master in Data Transmission and Information Security issued by the Laboratory of Algebra, Cryptology, Algebraic Geometry and Applications (LACGAA) at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar. He is passionate about Computer Science and Software Development. Certified Java SCJP (Sun Certified Programmer for Java) and one of the winners of the first Mobile Senegal contest he is developing software that will soon be available in github. He is currently an engineer at Ferlo SA and develops software solutions for electronic banking. His blog is: Http://daoudailboudo.blogspot.com.
Dr. Qusay Mahmoud, University of Guelph, Author of the Book “Wireless Java” published by O’Reilly, Canada
Qusay H. Mahmoud is the Founder & Director of the Centre for Mobile Education Research (http://cmer.cis.uoguelph.ca) at the University of Guelph. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Middlesex University (UK), and an M.Sc. in Computer Science and a B.Sc. in Data Analysis, both from the University of New Brunswick in Canada. Qusay is the author of two books: Distributed Programming with Java (Manning Publications, 1999) and Learning Wireless Java (O’Reilly, 2002), and editor of two books: Middleware for Communications (Wiley, 2004) and Cognitive Networks (Wiley, 2007). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Internet Technology.
Vidya Kulkarni, Associate Professor, University of Delhi, India
Vidya Kulkarni, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Delhi,India. She has done her Masters in Mathematics from University of Delhi and Masters in Computer Science from Mc Master University, Canada. Areas of her research include Query Optimization in Databases, Global Software Engineering, Software Testing, and Image Processing. She has coauthored two books on computer science based on the school curriculum in India. She supervised students’ projects in Java ME and Android.
Alon Mei-raz, Team Leader at HP Software, Specialist of LWUIT, Israel
Alon has over seven years experience in mobile development and consulting, mostly in Java ME. He is now leading a mobile client team at HP software. Prior to joining HP, Alon came to Oracle from Sun Microsystems, where he was involved in various mobile products and tools. He has a vast experience in working with leading operators and handset vendors around the world. Alon holds a B.Sc degree in computer science, and currently working on his thesis in information systems as part of his MBA. Additionally, he has experience in lecturing at technical conferences and at customers meetings.
Belinda Nichols, leader in technical education programs in Africa, Mountain View, USA
Belinda is a leader in creating and implementing technical education programs, most specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa. Belinda developed and managed an external education outreach program in Sub-Saharan Africa, a three-year endeavor that focused on training African university students to become technology leaders and innovators. This program has become a catalyst for innovation in technology education on the African continent. In 2010, Belinda coordinated the Curriculum Summit at the International Conference on Computing and ICT Research (ICCIR) conference in Kampala, Uganda. She assembled a faculty task force from major universities in Sub-Saharan Africa to examine the current state of the computer science curriculum in Africa and identify the steps necessary to build programs for the coming technology explosion.
Drew Ros, Software Engineer, Dimagi, Boston, USA
Drew graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Computer Science. For the past four years he has worked as a software engineer at Dimagi (http://dimagi.com), a Boston start-up whose mission is to improve healthcare in the developing world through technology innovation. Dimagi works heavily in the mobile arena, and Drew worked extensively on JavaRosa, an open-source J2ME data collection tool. JavaRosa powers CommCare (http://commcarehq.org), a workflow management app for community health workers, and Open Data Kit, a data collection/surveying tool for Android.
Assane Seck, co-founcer et Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Celtouch LLC / Djanoa, Dakar, Senegal
Comme CTO à Celtouch, Assane Seck conduit la stratégie et le développement de services, et l’intégration de systèmes de différents partenaires, opérateurs mobiles et fournisseurs de contenu. Depuis 2010, il dirige la filiale sénégalaise de Celtouch. Avant la création de Celtouch en 2008, il supervisait les activités techniques au sein de Mira Networks au Sénégal et au Mali. Avant Celtouch, il a travaillé dans le département informatique de l’opérateur de téléphonie mobile Tigo. Il a étudié à l’Institut Supérieur d’Informatique au Sénégal.