About

Ncell App Camp is the biggest mobile app development challenge in Nepal. It is an initiative to bring out entrepreneurial spirit within mobile app community in Nepal. It is a platform for mobile app developers and other mobile enthusiasts to bring forward their creative and innovative mobile app ideas, products and prototypes that have potential to stand out as sustainable business in themselves.

If you have some killer mobile app ideas and concepts that you think will work in the Nepali context and has the potential to be scaled up at an International level this is the right avenue for you. Submit your idea and take it forward. At the same time, if you already have conceived and developed mobile app and are looking to develop business around it, this is the right place for you to submit your concept and take it forward.

What do we expect?

  • 1500+ participants (developers, designers and business developers)
  • 500+ innovative ideas for mobile apps
  • 24+ Minimum Viable Products (mobile applications prototypes along with a business model) developed during the event
  • 35+ mentors to help participants to refine idea
  • Commitment, hard work and your very own success stories

What are the benefits?

  • Get opportunity to turn your innovative mobile app idea into reality.
  • Get priceless global and local knowledge, experience of creating innovative solutions and art of founding innovative business from experts over pre-event seminars and the main event.
  • Get inspired by the best local and international mentors and speakers.
  • Chance to win awesome prizes.

Categories

Games & Entertainment

Did you know in 2014, the players of Candy Crush spent $1.33 billion on in-apps purchases? And this is just one games application. The industry in itself is immense. As of June 2015, Apple App Store ranked games as the most popular category. Add likes of NetFlix and Kindle to the list, and you can begin to understand the magnitude of love people have for these applications. Games & Entertainment is a huge market in all platform and the statistics agree quite emphatically.

We are looking for games and entertainment applications, much like Candy Crush, Spotify, Duolingo and Shazam; we are looking for applications that also work business wise. If you have an idea that builds around this category, we welcome you to share it and emabrk on a journey to transform it into a brilliant business.

Health

Healthcare is a gigantic business worldwide. Every day people are looking for ways to make health accessible through efficient methods and mobile applications have proved to be one of the best choices. On one hand, we can count calories (MyFitnessPal) and regulate sleep cycle (Sleep Cycle), and on the other hand, getting a health advice (iTriage) to getting first hand health experts’ suggestions (HealthTap) have never been easier. Is there a particular group you can target? Pregnancy ++ helps pregnant women track pregnancy daily and weekly, make appointments and checklists. Other services include, information on  health services, doctor’s appointment and even discovering hospitals in your locality.

To cut the long story short, health apps are selling like anything. And we are looking for something similar under this category. Find an app idea that addresses today’s health issues and helps us see your vision turn into a business. We hope to see people carry your health app in their mobiles, compete with their friends for the physical and mental well being, or even motivating themselves through faster, better and easier methods.

Tourism

Perhaps Nepal never needed more focus on tourism than today. With some of our heritage sites challenged in the post earthquake period, we are now facing a growing need of tools to attract tourists and revive Nepal’s tourism. And here is your chance to make an impact.

We are looking for concepts, ideas and applications which will present Nepal to the world as an active and welcoming tourist destination. With amazing experiences such as mountaineering, trekking, adventure sports, eco-tourism and religious tourism, Nepal is a country best explored only when experienced first hand. So through your ideas, you can help people discover Nepal through apps that can be as generalized like TripIt or something specifically relevant to Nepal like Go2homestay. We can have a Picksie for food perhaps or Tourist Eye to assist the visitors, you name it and the area of work is immense.

We want you to explore, learn and love the art of traveling through a business focused application that tourists would actually enjoy and use.

Utilities

Utilities applications have a huge market, mostly because there are plenty of such apps and are used by huge number of people. From KeepNote to Trello, utilities apps are everywhere. Mint and Home Budget help you manage money while DropBox can save your files. You organize, save and use these applications to make sense of your work and life. And we want you to get bigger and better version of these utilities. Quite recently, the need for disaster preparedness has also opened the door of opportunity revolving around disaster warning, control and damage prevention.

This is probably the most diverse category we have; there're  little restrictions as to what you can develop, except that it should organize and in general “make work easy” for the users. We want innovative and efficient ideas that look attractive to the prospective buyers.

What happens during Ncell App Camp?

Idea submission
Register your team and submit your ground-breaking idea.
Deadline to submit idea
September 20, 2015 (12 Noon)
Selection of 150 ideas
Panel of experts will select the best 150 workable ideas and invite the teams to the next level of competition.
Announcement of top 150 teams
September 23, 2015
Seminars and Training
Representative of the selected teams will participate in idea management, skill development and business development seminars and training.
November 2015
Submission of Minimum Viable Product
Selected teams will submit their final refined idea
Deadline to submit the MVPs
December 9, 2015
Selection of 24 Finalists
Panel of experts will select the best 6 ideas(teams) under each category, that is 24 teams in total as finalists.
December 12, 2015
Mentoring
Selected finalists will get inspired by local and international gurus to make final changes to their app.
December 15, 2015
Idea Pitching
Selected finalists will present their app/working prototypes and pitch their ideas.
December 21, 2015
Winners Announcement
Independent jury will declare 4 category winners and 1 grand winner.
December 22, 2015

Selection Criteria

1. Importance of Problem (Weightage: 20%)

Ideas should serve as an important milestone in providing solutions to problems that matter the most. So, following aspects among others will be looked upon:

  • How important is the problem that the app is trying to solve ?
  • How important is it to develop a mobile app to solve the stated problem? If it is important, How much impact (Qualitative and Quantitative) does the solution (app) have on solving the problem?
  • Is that solution feasible enough to make any changes in current scenario or future?
  • Does it solve a portion of the problem or is it capable of solving the problem completely?
  • Is the idea innovative and unique? Ideas should not be an exact copy of an existing solution elsewhere. Even if the idea is based on similar concepts that already exist, they must depict the characteristics of innovation and uniqueness by adapting them to local context or local need.

2. Product (Weightage: 20%)

Ideas have zero value unless they are worked on and implemented. Teams that have promising idea should also possess equally promising product to go along. So, following points are vital to evaluate a team’s product:

  • Is the app qualified enough to justify the idea, description and other artifacts that the team have presented?
  • Do the app features and functionalities justify the problem(s) the team intends to solve?
  • Are the features of the app innovative and useful?
  • Does the app look intuitive and user friendly ?
  • Do the proposed or used technology exist in our local context or easy to acquire? For e.g., it is difficult to get Google Glass as it is expensive and might not fit in context of Nepal.

3. Business Model (Weightage: 20%)

Ideas should have the potential to sustain in itself by creating a business model around it. Hence, business model is a vital component that can be attributed to some of the points below:

  • Does the idea provide any value to its users?
  • Does the idea really tap the opportunities and solve the unmet needs of market?
  • How supportive are the factors such as Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental to the idea in present and future?
  • Do you think the idea could capture a potential market and grow in future?
  • How prepared is the team to tackle any possible competition existing in the market at present or in future?
  • How well is the team prepared to market their product?
  • Does the idea have potential to earn revenue?
  • How good is the sustainability plan?

4. Global Scalability (Weightage: 20%)

Do the teams have the potential to scale up (both at national and international level) by providing innovative solution that matters? In this context, following points among others are considered in assessing scalability:

  • Is it feasible for the team to scale up their business to another location other than the primary one in the future?
  • Assessment of scalability at an international level (other countries, regions, etc.)?
  • How prepared is the team to scale up?

5. Presentation and Articulation (Weightage: 20%)

Teams should be able to articulate their vision and plan properly even at an early stage showing they are in best position to sustain their ideas. Following points among others are used to assess articulation and presentation of ideas:

  • How is the overall presentation of idea?
  • Is articulation clear enough to understand idea and product?
  • How organized was the presentation?
  • Does the supporting materials help to comprehend the idea more?