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Published on May 8th, 2011 | by Arsalan Mir


Nokia Workshop and Make My App Contest

Forum Nokia and P@SHA recently organized a workshop in Lahore to help local developers understand the specifications for Ovi store content development.  The event instructor, Teemu Kiijarvi, Developer Relations Manager for Nokia Middle East and Africa and Eemeli Kantola, Software Developer gave hands-on training to the participants on Java ME and Qt programming.

At the workshop, a new contest for developers titled ‘MakeMyApp’ was also announced. The contest is now open for participation for all. Creative minds in Pakistan can submit their innovation in the form of App for Nokia S40, S60 and S^3 Platfroms. There are four categories and winner of each category will win PKR 400,000. The categories are:

  1. Think Green
  2. Fun and Games
  3. Business Productivity
  4. Easier Living

The deadline for submission is June 30th 2011. For more information, please visit

Speaking about Forum Nokia’s role, Teemu said, “Forum Nokia will be organizing many more trainings in future that will be geared towards user experience. How the end user will react to a mobile app should be an important point to consider for any developer. At the end of the day, a mobile app would have a good selling value only if the end consumer finds it meaningful and is attracted to it.  Through our training programs, we want to work together with the developers to expand the ecosystem. Forum Nokia is a growing online community of 2 million active users. Forum Nokia members get access to e-learning/ tutorials and online support to hone their skills.”

Commenting on P@SHA’s collaboration with Forum Nokia, Ms. Jehan Ara, President, P@SHA said, “I’m delighted that Nokia has organized this free of charge workshop in Lahore. It was a very useful session for developers to learn about the latest technology tools – JavaME and Qt, framework as well as user interface for the development of mobile products. These kinds of trainings are important as developer community is increasingly focused on mobile app development. P@SHA feels honored to partner with Nokia to host yet another Developers’ Workshop. We applaud Nokia’s efforts towards mobile application development because a personalised user experience is the future when it comes to mobile communications.”

Expressing her views on the second Forum Nokia Developers’ Workshop 2011, Rabia Azfar, Solutions Manager, Near East said, “I appreciate the interest level of Lahore’s developer community to learn and excel in their chosen field. Forum Nokia workshop is a part of the chain that Nokia has initiated in Pakistan to provide new opportunities to the local developers. The workshop was geared towards channelizing the strengths of local developers and providing them a rich bundle of resources to develop more locally relevant mobile apps.”

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is a Telecom enthusiast with engineering background based in Lahore. On professional front, he is the Director Operations at the Target Group. He can be reached at arsalan (at) telecompk (dot) net

2 Responses to Nokia Workshop and Make My App Contest

  1. Kaiser Shahzad says:

    Why they are still doing that kind of competition they are already outsourcing the Symbian and its a big risk for the companies who are doing development for the handset application. Currently nokia have a contract with Microsoft for the OS.

  2. Pingback: Nokia Workshop and Make My App Contest | Tea Break

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