Belfast App Competition

Derry~Londonderry company launch app developers challenge to attract tourists to Belfast's Gaeltacht Quarter

Mobile developers from across Northern Ireland are being invited to put forward innovative new app ideas to help encourage more tourism in Belfast’s Gaeltacht Quarter.

The Gaeltacht Quarter Tourism App Challenge, funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, is designed to help bring new tourism app concepts to market and build on the cultural and creative assets that Belfast’s Irish-speaking community has to offer.

Delivered in partnership with Forbairt Feirste, the Belfast-based Irish language development agency, the competition is offering developers up to £15,000 to design a new app that will be launched later this year.

Uniquely, the winning developers will also retain the intellectual property rights to their idea, allowing them to use the project to attract even more business from outside the region.

Jake MacSiacais, director of Forbairt Feirste, explains: 'The Gaeltacht Quarter is an area rich with the potent and vibrant legacy of Ireland’s cultural, historical and traditional heritage, an area where Irish has flourished, igniting a range of 21st century cultural experiences.

'We need the creative co-operation of the best in their field to help deliver these cultural experiences through the latest technologies in ways which engage and excite visitors.'

The competition is being hosted by IGNITN, the new platform for innovation challenges launched in January by Derry~Londonderry’s CultureTECH Festival. 'We would encourage anyone interested in submitting an idea to be creative and take some risks in their proposal,' said CultureTECH director, Mark Magurski.

'At this stage we’re mostly interested in finding the best new ideas, something that’s going to really excite us. This is a tremendous opportunity for the right developers and we want them to use it to not only create something exciting but also to use it as a launchpad for attracting new work or turning their idea into a business in itself.'

The competition is open for submissions until February 28, after which two shortlisted ideas will each receive £5,000 to develop their concepts. One overall winner will be selected by a judging panel in late March 2014, to receive an additional £10,000 to bring their idea to market in partnership with Forbairt Feirste.

Interested developers should visit the IGNITN website to download an information pack, competition rules and sample content provided by Forbairt Feirste.