By Ismaheel OjoÂ
Francis Usifo, a NigerianÂ Â Point Of Sale (POS) App developer has been named as one of the finalist to compete at the finals of the 10th Mobile Premier Awards (MPA) at Sala Apolo in Barcelona, Spain.
Scheduled to hold onÂ 22nd of February, Mr Usifo willÂ Â alongside 15 other contestants pitch their innovation before an international jury of experts and professionals to compete for the Best App of the Year.
Usifo, founder ofÂ Â Verge POS, won the Appcircus Lagos event last October to qualify as a finalist for the Mobile Premier Awards.
Carles Ferreiro, CEO of AppCircus, the mobile apps events culminating in the Mobile Premier Awards, explains how they have evolved: â€œIn this decade mobile innovation has changed radically. The projects have gone from being focused on technology to focusing on solving the needs of users, with apps flooding our everyday lives. The apps have come to reflect the concerns of our time recently, so the focus is on user empowerment and collaborative economy, in fact this year we see many such examples at the MPA â€œ.
Ferreiro says that â€œthe mobile industry and especially apps have staged one of the biggest social changes of the last decade and this trans-formative process is in full swing.â€Â
Organizers of the event say a prestigious international jury will select the three best apps that will receive the following prizes: Best App of the Year, for best overall app; Best Audience Award, as voted for by the public, and the Big Impact Award, given to the app with most impact of peopleâ€™s day-to-day lives.