Facebook just launched the Facebook Bots for Messenger Challenge, a contest to recognize and reward developers who are able to create the most innovative new bots on Messenger. From today, 15th February 2016, Facebook will accept applications for its Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge until 28th April, 2017. Over 20,000 USD cash prizes are expected to be won by s developers across the Middle East and Africa region who will be successful in creating innovative bots in the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. The contest is designed in three categories: Gaming and Entertainment; Productivity and Utility; and Social Good. Applicants (Developers) in teams (maximum of three) are invited from the Middle East and Africa region to create bots in these categories.
Facebook will shortlist 60 finalists, 10 teams per each region for the three categories. Each of the 60 finalist will win Gear VR and mobile phone, one hour of Facebook mentorship and tools and services from FbStart – Facebook program designed to help early stage mobile start-ups build and grow their bots.
Student Prize: 2,000 USD price for students who will make it to the final round. Following that, three runner-up teams (one from each category) will be selected from each region for $10,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship.
The announcement is part of Facebook’s commitment to promote innovation in the Middle East and Africa by providing developers and start-ups with the tools they need to build, grow, monetize, and measure products and services. Interested developers can join the Bots for Messenger Challenge Facebook Group and competition page.