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24 finalists selected
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Twenty-four teams have been selected for the final round of this year’s Ncell App Camp.

The 24 were shortlisted from a list of 150 that participated in the first round of seminars on app development, monetization and marketing. The 24 teams will now receive one-to-one mentorship on developing a business model, improving user interface and experience, and pitching their ideas.

The selection was made based on pre-announced judgment criteria: the importance of problem the app aimed to solve, the app’s business potential, its global scalability, and how the teams could articulate and present their ideas.

Members of the judging panel said most of the ideas presented during Nepal’s largest app development conclave were interesting and solved important problems. They said that the apps presented showed that there are enormous energy and creativity among young people in Nepal.

One of the judges, Sunil Sharma, Officiating Director of Nepal Tourism Board, said that he was excited to see new and creative app ideas. He said, “There were some apps that could benefit the tourism sector in Nepal in a big way.”

Suyogya Tuladhar, one of the judges for the Games and Entertainment Category, said there were some apps that had the potential to become big in the international market. He said, “Looking at the talent we have, I can say that it is possible to develop games like Far Cry here in Nepal.”

Niraj Shah, one of the judges for the Health category, said it was evident that the participants researched their market thoroughly before developing the app. He said, “There are a few apps that can be game-changers in the field.”

Sweta Karn, who was on the judging panel for the Utilities category, said that all the apps in competition were competent. “However, we had to select the best keeping in mind the criteria we have been given.”