The Bots for Messenger Challenge is a contest to recognize and reward developers who create an innovative new bot in either the Middle East and North Africa, or Sub-Saharan Africa region.
28 Apr 2017
10 teams will be chosen from each category, for a total of 30 finalist teams from the Middle East and North Africa, or Sub-Saharan Africa region. Teams will win a Gear VR and mobile phone, Facebook mentorship and up to $40,000 (forty thousand dollars) in tools and services from FbStart, a Facebook programme designed to help early stage mobile startups build and grow their bots
All student teams or individual student entrants who make it to the finals will receive an additional $2,000 (two thousand dollars)
RUNNER UP TEAMS
For each region, 3 runner up teams (1 from each category) will win $10,000 (ten thousand dollars) and 3 months of Facebook mentorship.
For each region, 3 winning teams (1 from each category) will win $20,000 (twenty thousand dollars) and 3 months of Facebook mentorship.
OTHER KEY DATES
February 15, 2017 at 09:00:00 GMT - Challenge launches
May 19, 2017 at 09:00:00 GMT - 60 finalist teams announced per region
June 2, 2017 at 11:59:59 GMT -Submissions close for 60 finalist teams
June 19, 2017 at 09:00:00 GMT - 12 winning teams announced per region
Egypt Iraq Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Libya
Morocco Oman Palestine Qatar Saudi Arabia Tunisia United Arab Emirates Yemen
Angola Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cabo Verde CentralAfricaRepublic Chad Comoros
Congo, Dem. Rep. Congo, Rep.
Cote d'Ivoire Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Kenya Lesotho Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mauritius Mozambique
Namibia Niger Nigeria Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa
Swaziland Tanzania Togo Uganda Zambia
Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).
Multiple host countries may mean that no travel is required.