Facebook has announced its Bots for Messenger Challenge, 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, in one of these three categories:
1. Gaming and Entertainment
2. Productivity and Utility
3. Social Good
Teams of up to 3 people are invited to participate in the challenge. The submission deadline is April 28, 2017. Winners will be announced on June 19, 2017.
According to Facebook, there are levels of prizes and winners as following:
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 $42,000 USD in tools and services from FbStart, a Facebook program designed to help early stage mobile startups build and grow their bots.
Runner Up Teams
For each region, 3 runner up teams (1 from each category) will win $10,000 USD and 3 months of Facebook mentorship.
For each region, 3 winning teams (1 from each category) will win $20,000 USD and 3 months of Facebook mentorship.