Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Teams Learn About Monetizing Their App Idea #AppCamp14

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Ncell App Camp 2014 team organized a seminar on 'mobile application trends; marketing and monetization' on 4th Novemeber, as 150 teams move ahead to implement their ideas. Below is the PRESS RELEASE:

Addressing to the participants as a keynote speaker, Biswas Dhakal, president of Cash On Ad Pvt. Ltd., encouraged the young developers to add creative fluid to their ideas. "Engagement is another aspect you should consider while making apps. You should plan in advance how you can bring users to your product", said Dhakal who emphasized that the developers should implement appropriate promotion and branding strategies while making apps. "Social media are the most effective tools for viral marketing to decrease user acquisition cost of your apps."

Keynote speech from Biswas Dhakal was followed by a panel discussion where panelists discussed on business potential, legal and technical challenges of mobile application development in Nepal. They stressed on the growing trend of using apps as business tools to minimize cost and increase connectivity.

"Initially, we could not create job opportunities in Nepal using internet technology when most developed countries were already doing it. But now we can see mobile phones in the hands of almost every Nepali. It is important for us to follow the trend," said Sanjay Golchha, director of Golchha Organization.

Stressing that the government should facilitate local operators in Nepal to have their own app store, Golchha added, "Apps provide a better platform for emerging entrepreneurs. However, the telecom operators should help create such platforms by facilitating the sector."

Motivating the participants, Aadish Shrestha, managing director of Focus One Nepal, said that the mobile applications have been largely contributing in the businesses. "Data collection has become easier and faster due to data enabled mobile apps," said Shrestha who argued that there are companies who want to invest in such apps that help in their businesses.

Vahdat Zehtab, head of B2C department at Ncell, asked the app developers to look outside Kathmandu Valley to explore their potential markets. "Data consumption is rich in Nepal but when compared to that of the other developed countries, it is still not good enough. I believe Nepal will leap forward in this sector," said Zehtab arguing that going global is not the major issue for developers to meet their goals. "It is just that you have to be very specific to what you target. Let us make sure, what we want to solve."

Interacting in the program, the competing team members raised questions regarding copyright issues and challenges in payment gateway facing young developers mainly in Nepalese context. Mobile applications are mostly taken as intellectual property in Nepal and are dealt under the Copyright Act 2059. This law does not require the application be necessarily registered. "However, registration helps putting ideas into tangible form which makes it easier for the developers to be secured in future," said Anju Upreti Dhakal, advocate at Pioneer Law Associates.

Kailash Neupane, spokesperson of Nepal Telecommunication Authority said that the government has been reactive to the technological developments when it comes to legal provision and government facilitation. "The government should also see it from the perspective of revenue and think of how it can bring such developments into legal frameworks."

Out of total 457 ideas received, Ncell has selected the best 150 ideas to compete in the app camp. These selected teams are working on their ideas on different sectors; agriculture, tourism, education and corporate solutions. Once the teams submit their refined ideas, 6 best ideas from each category – that is 24 teams in total – will be selected for the final competition, which will be held through December 9-11, 2014.

The thematic winners would win cash prize of Rs. 250,000 each and the overall winner will bag additional Rs. 500,000 in cash along with Ncell sponsorship to participate in a similar overseas app camp.
Below is the schedule for training and seminars:

Follow @AppCampNP on Twitter.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

#StartupGrind Kathmandu with CEO Amrit Man Tuladhar

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Amrit Man Tuladhar, founder and CEO of  shared his entrepreneurial journey in the second edition of #StartupGrind today in Kathmandu, Nepal. founded in 2000 is one of the first E-Commerce sites in Nepal, that was modeled after a regular departmental store "Muncha House".  The Muncha is now more than just an online shopping site, Muncha is involved in ten different internet ventures including, ipay - payment gateway, Money transfer etc. And is expanding its operations all over Nepal in the next few months.

Check the storify below for more details. The program was moderated by +Saroj Dhakal.
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Startup Grind host monthly events in more than 100 cities and 42 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Twitter Users in Nepal

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Twitter is open for everyone, but the Twitter stats. Twitter has 271 Million monthly active users worldwide, and is rapidly growing in South Asia. Since I knew the number of Facebook users in Nepal as well as the number of LinkedIn users, my assumption was Nepal has 1 Million Twitter users.

But I was wrong, according to Ncell 1.7 Million users have accessed the Twitter via Ncell under the Twitter Zero scheme. Well, that's a huge number! After going through the Ncell's data, and the number of smartphone users in Nepal, my new assumption is that there are around 3.0 Million Twitter users in Nepal, among them 1 Million users are active. What do you think? 

It doesn't necessarily mean, 3 Million individuals from Nepal are on Twitter, instead one might have 2-3 different accounts. Right now, I'm managing/using around 20 Twitter accounts (including both personal and work related).

PS. These numbers are based on an assumption. Only Twitter data will be official.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hello Developers! @Ncell App Camp Debriefing Happening on Monday #AppCamp14

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The Ncell App Camp team is organizing debriefing sessions on September 22, Monday at Hotel Himalaya Kupondle to help the interested applicants know more about the 'Ncell App Camp 2014' competition.

The registration process is in full flow after the launch of Ncell App Camp 2014 and college activations around the valley. While many ideas have been submitted few are in the refining process. To address the increasing queries from applicants, Ncell has arranged the Debriefing Sessions. The event is divided into three sessions:

1st Debriefing Session - 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
2nd Debriefing Session - 11:45 AM to 1:45 PM
3rd Debriefing Session - 2:15 PM to 4:15 PM

Each session will be focused on explaining the process of the competition and its categories, sharing from individuals who have participated in similar events in the past so as to put forth their invaluable insights and answering applicant’s queries. An individual who have submitted the idea or who is a part of a team or who is thinking of participating in the challenge can participate in this session.
Register for Debriefing Event from here. (Registration is mandatory as the seats are limited.)
The "Ncell App Camp" is a mobile app development competition for mobile app developers and enthusiasts. The thematic winners would win a cash prize of Rs. 250,000 each, and the overall winner will bag additional Rs. 500,000 in cash along with Ncell sponsorship to participate in a similar overseas app camp.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Gionee Launches S5.5 Android Smartphone in Nepal

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Gionee, the Chinese phone maker launched Gionee Elife S5.5 -- the world's slimmest smartphone in Nepal on Friday.

Gionee Elife S5.5

The Gionee S5.5 has an Octa-core 1.7 GHz Cortex A7 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16Gb of storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front facing 95° wide angle camera. It packs a 2300mAh battery which can deliver up to 27 hours of talktime on 2G, 11 hours of talktime on 3G networks respectively and 490 hours of standby time. The world's slimmest smartphone comes with dimensions 145.1X70.2X5.55mm.

The Gionee S5.5 is priced at Rs 36,525 (NRS), sports a 5-inch Super AMOLED, FHD 1920*1080 display, powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS (Kitkat OTA is available). It comes with a metal body, and is available in two colors.
Gionee S5.5 Specs:
  • Octa-core 1.7GHz
  • 5.0” FHD
  • 16GB+2GB memory
  • Android 4.2 (Upgrade to 4.4 Kitkat)
  • 13.0+5.0MP camera
  • 2300mAh battery
  • Rs 36,525 (price)
Along with the S5.5, Gionee also launched the entry level and mid-range smartphones in Nepali market.

Gionee Pioneer P3

Gionee P3 Specs:
  • Quad core 1.3GHz
  • 4GB+512MB memory
  • Android 4.2
  • 5.0+ 0.3M camera
  • 1700mAh battery
  • Rs 10,992 (price)

Gionee Marathon M2

Gionee M2 Specs:
  • 5.0 FWVGA
  • Quad core 1.3GHz
  • 8GB+1GB memory
  • Android 4.2
  • Large battery 4200mAh
  • Rs 15,988 (price)

Gionee V4S

Gionee V4S Specs:
  • Quad core 1.3GHz
  • 8GB+1GB memory
  • Android 4.4
  • 8.0 MP camera
  • 1800mAh battery
  • Rs 15,988 (price)

Gionee GPad G5

Gionee G5 Specs:
  • Six-core 1.5GHz
  • 5.5”HD
  • Android 4.2
  • 8.0+2.0MP camera
  • 2400mAh battery
  • RS 23,982 (price)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Facebook Users in Nepal [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The social networking giant Facebook has around 4 Million users in Nepal, thanks to the smartphones and internet penetration. Back in 2011, there were only 0.85 Million Facebook users from Nepal.

According to Facebook Ad platform, among 4 Million Facebook users, 2.8 Millions are male and 1.3 Millions are female. Just a fun fact that, among 2.8 Million male users 0.64 Millions are single whereas 0.22 Million female users has a relationship status as single.

The rise in number of smartphones have also fueled the growth of Facebook. Out of 4 Million users, around 3 Million users have accessed the Facebook from mobile devices. Data reveals that, around 1.8 Million users have accessed the Facebook from Android devices -- phones and tablets. And 1.3 Million users use the feature phone to access the Facebook. So far, only 0.19 M users have accessed the Facebook from iOS devices -- iPhone, iPad etc. And 0.032 Million users own the Windows phone. These numbers tell that, Android smartphones and tablets are popular here in Nepal.

Disclosure: The data is an approximate figure collected using Facebook's Ad platform.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ncell Launches Mobile App Development Competition #AppCamp14

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Nepal's leading private telecommunication company Ncell has unveiled the "Ncell App Camp" -- a mobile app development competition for mobile app developers and enthusiasts.

Mobile app developers and enthusiasts can take part in the competition for free by registering their teams and ideas around the four thematic areas -- Agriculture, Education, Tourism, and Corporate solution. The app can be created for any platforms, including Android, Apple iOS, Windows.
Issuing a statement on Monday, Ncell said first 150 best workable ideas will be selected and the teams will be invited to take part in capacity building seminars. During the seminars the teams will undergo coaching on various aspects of app making and business development.

Once the teams submit their refined ideas, 6 best ideas from each category - that is 24 teams in total - will be selected for the final competition, which will be held through December 9-11, 2014.

These finalists under the mentorship of national and international experts would come up with working prototypes, present them and pitch their ideas to independent jury, comprising of experts from different sectors. After evaluating the usability and viability of the app prototypes, the jury will select four category winners and one overall winner.

The thematic winners would win a cash prize of Rs. 250,000 each, and the overall winner will bag additional Rs. 500,000 in cash along with Ncell sponsorship to participate in a similar overseas app camp.

Any development team with an initial idea, or an idea in development stage, can register to participate in the competition. Registration closes at noon on October 28, 2014.
Hello, developers! Did you register for the Ncell App Camp? Register from here:

(via Ncell App Camp Image:  @SomeshVerma

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nepal Load Shedding Android App Acquired For 2 Million Rupees


Shiran Technology has acquired the most popular Nepali Android apps "Nepal Load Shedding Schedule" for $20,000 (~Rs 20 Lakh). This is probably the first time that Nepali App is acquired by a company in Nepal.

According to Hello Sukrabar, Shiran Technology will pay $20,000 in cash to Nepal Load Shedding App developers Chandra Man Shrestha and Eliza Shrestha. Besides that the developers will also get the 10% of the revenue generated by the app every year for the next 10 years.
The app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times from the Google Play Store in last two years. The app is generating ~ $500 per month from the display advertising. For some, it's crazy to pay this much amount for the app that doesn't have the future, [The Finance Minister has said, there'll be no Load Shedding in Nepal in the next 3 years :P]. I think Shiran Technology - the maker of 'Cash on Ad' might have bigger plans for the app. I must say, this is an exciting news for the app developers here in Nepal.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

World Cup Football App for Android

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The World Cup 2014 is here. There are so many matches, that it's hard to keep track of all of them. Wouldn't be great if there's an app that keeps you updated on the match fixtures (in local time), live scores, ranking etc.

Bang! "Football World Cup" android app has arrived at the Google Play Store, that keeps track of all 64 matches that is happening in Brazil. The World Cup Football (Soccer) app that was launched on 7th June by Hamro Patro (maker of popular Nepali Keyboard - Hamro Keyboard for Android) has been installed around 50K times and has 4.5 ratings from 650+ users. It has multiple language support, including English, Espanol, Nepali and Hindi.

Here are the main features of the app:
   1. Calendar and Game Fixture.
   2. Schedule of all matches in local and customizable time-zone.
   3. View matches by teams.
   4. Group tabular scores and ranking.
   5. Notification for matches.
   6. Live score updates with push notification support.
As the app says, this is the "perfect companion app to keep up with football World Cup 2014 in Brazil".  If you love the team / the World Cup, then it is the must have app in your Android mobile and tablets. Enjoy the World Cup 2014 with "Football World Cup" Android app. Incase, if you just want to have the match schedules synced with your Google calendar, then you can use this Google calendar.

➤ Install: Football World Cup

Monday, May 26, 2014

Twitter is FREE on @Ncell for 3 months


Good news for Twitter users in Nepal, now Twitter is FREE for three months on Ncell.

"Respecting your right to expression, socializing and information, we have made Twitter free on our network for 3 months", said Ncell in a private message (DM) that was sent to a few Twitter power users.

Similar to Wikipedia zero, now Ncell customers will be able to access the Twitter, free of mobile data charges for three months using or official Twitter app for mobile (Android/iOS etc). But this offer is not available on Opera mini and other thrid party apps and browsers.

Later, Ncell confirmed via a tweet.

Good job Ncell! Make Twitter free forever. A few weeks back Ncell has introduced Wikipedia Zero - where Ncell customers are able to access the Wikipedia, free of mobile data charges.