We interviewed Melvin Musehani the Founder of Appchemy about his recent experience at AppCademy in Finland.
So Melvin how did you get involved with AppCampus?
“We heard of AppCampus from the mLab Southern Africa competition that had to do with the Urban App challenge. Basically, teams had to come up with an idea that’ll be useful to travellers who come visit your city. Our idea made it and we got invited to AppCampus to make our idea come alive.”
Tell us more about the AppCademy
“On our first day we got an introduction of what to expect from Appcampus and what they expect from us, shortly after the intros we started with the pitching sessions. After that we met Timo from Nokia who presented every team with a red Lumia 920 which was a great surprise.”
What did you learn at AppCademy?
“During the 4 weeks we had been bombarded with a lot of useful information
with regards to promoting our application. Topics ranged from:
• Positioning and Pitching
• Design Excellence
• User Design Experience
• Technical Training (Technology we can use from Nokia and Microsoft for
• PR and Communication”
What other support did you get?
“Nokia provided us with Technical assistance with regards to using their
technology. They gave us ‘Nokia Developer Program for Lumia’ memberships,
which is a list of goodies for Nokia developers worth $1,500.
Microsoft also provided us with technical assistance with their Windows Azure
server and also tips into making our application hero apps so they can be
promoted on the Windows Market.”
It sounds like a lot of hard work. Did you get to do some fun stuff as well?
“Besides all the hard work and tech info we were treated at the Nokia Training
center in Batvik to a smoke Sauna and good food. Smoke saunas are one of
Finland’s cultural past times.
So whats next?
“Through everything I’ve learned at the camp our app has changed from what it
was when we went there to some 100% better. We plan to release the
application by September, we are looking for beta testers at the moment.”
Learn more about how to apply for the new round of AppCampus awards and the program here.