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Evernote is joining forces with the African Technology Foundation (ATF) to find Africa’s hottest homegrown talent in app design and development.

The ATF and Evernote will showcase the top African applications that integrate with the Evernote platform and open API, and feature them as part of the Evernote Platform Awards.

Launched in May, the Evernote Platform Awards encourage developer and design teams from across the world to produce applications that connect with Evernote. The best applications will be featured in the Evernote App Center, where they will be open to public voting beginning July 31.

This year, as a result of the new wave of tech talent from across the continent, Evernote has created a specific category to recognize the best African-founded application that integrates with Evernote.

Members of the team behind the winning African app will be given the opportunity to visit Evernote HQ, and present their application live on stage during the Evernote Conference, EC4, in San Francisco later this year.

Said Evernote’s General Manager in EMEA, Cristina Riesen, “We are very excited to actively engage with the amazing African developers and startup communities with the support of the African Technology Foundation. We look forward to seeing all of the great ideas and innovative integrations that support our goal of making the world smarter.

Stephen Ozoigbo, CEO of African Technology Foundation, added: “Africa presents an exponentially growing number of uniquely talented developers, and the integration of their products with the Evernote API provides an invaluable springboard towards the internationalization of their apps.

Africa is home to over 1 million of Evernote’s 100 million total user base. Close to 75% of Evernote users are based outside of the US and Canada, one third of which are based in Europe, the Middle East or Africa.

Evernote is the workspace that helps users write, collect, find and present everything that is important to them in their everyday lives. Founded in 2008, Evernote is 6 years into its journey to becoming a 100-year startup. The company has 10 offices around the world and 370 employees.

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