Author PhotoBy Chukwuemeka Afigbo, Program Manager

Cross-posted from the Google Cloud Platform Blog

Google Cloud Platform is used around the world to create and deploy solutions that are affordable, scalable and easy to maintain. These qualities empower developers worldwide to solve local and global challenges with cloud technology .

This sets the stage for the very first Google Cloud Platform Developer Challenge. We're inviting you to build locally relevant web applications that solve real world problems. You will have the opportunity to wow the world with your awesome web application built on Google App Engine using Google APIs like the Google+, YouTube and Maps APIs.
The competition starts now with the first round of submissions starting on October 22nd. The categories for this challenge are
  • Enterprise / Small Business Solutions , Education, Not for Profit
  • Social / Personal Productivity / Games / Fun

Submissions will be accepted from any one of six regions across the world:
  • Latin America
  • Sub Saharan Africa
  • South East Asia
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • India
  • Rest of the World

We will be working in tandem with Google Developer Groups (GDGs), Google Business Groups and Google Student Ambassadors to put up and organize events around the challenge. Ensure you connect with your local communities for more information about these meetups.

Do you want to start hacking out a cloud based web app now and you need pointers and hints? If yes, then the Google App Engine tutorial is a good place to start.
The Form+ team, one of the winners of last year's Google Apps Developer Challenge
If your application is judged the best in your region, within one of the two categories mentioned above, you could win a prize of $20,000! We are devoted to raising the next generation of information technology experts as well as encouraging diversity among software developers. In line with this, we have special prizes for all-female teams. Any all-female all-student teams that make the second round will receive a prize of $3,000. There are also prizes available for those who are interested in mentoring contestants.

Please read through the terms and conditions on the Google Cloud Platform Developer Challenge page and follow the hashtag #gcdc on Google+ for any additional updates.

What are you waiting for? Register your app URL, apply for $2,000 worth of Google Cloud Platform credit at cloud.google.com/starterpack using the promo code gcpdc-in, and start hacking with Google Cloud Platform.


+Chukwuemeka Afigbo is a Program Manager in the Sub-Saharan Africa Outreach Team. He is passionate about making the internet more relevant to Africans. He is also an avid football (soccer) fan.

Posted by Scott Knaster, Editor