Finland-based AppCampus program attracts 1142 proposals
AppCampus aims for 700 new Windows applications in three years.
AppCampus, a joint program by Aalto University, Microsoft and Nokia, is aiming to create 700 Windows applications in three years by offering financing and coaching in mobile technology, design and usability to Windows Phone developers. The project has attracted 1142 proposals from 66 countries since it started six months ago.
So far AppCampus has invested in 50 projects according to Pekka Sivonen, Head of AppCampus at Aalto University. AppCampus is looking for ideas for applications that are not available in the AppStore or Android Market and which differentiate Windows from the other operating systems.
Opportunities for NFC applications
AppCampus is especially interested in applications utilising Near Field Communication technology (NFC) because Apple does not have any NFC apps. Applications utilising the camera and location data also have good potential for funding. Successful applications are expected to be available exclusively on Windows Phone and additionally other Nokia platforms for the first six months.
Forthcoming applications include the beta version of Nearbooker which is a booking system for smartphones that makes it possible to book a hotel room or an appointment with a hairdresser or doctor. Another new application is for the recruitment company Sihti Oy which creates a direct chat link between job applicants and Sihti’s staff.
AppCampus is based in Otaniemi in conjunction with Aalto University and in the same building as Nokia’s research centre. It also cooperates with Microsoft’s BizSpark. Next AppCampus will spread from Finland to the United States, Canada and Western Europe.