Appcelerator is proud to announce twelve winners in its first mobile developer challenge. Selected from 115 submissions, these apps were evaluated by an expert panel, described below, based on the depth of each app’s integration with Appcelerator’s Titanium software, Appcelerator’s Cloud Services, utility, user experience, and originality. The judges’ mission in reviewing submissions required their focus on the innovation each app offers but also on their potential to disrupt the global mobile industry with the app’s impact. These judges sought — and found! — apps sure to rock the mobile world. Those tasked with this intense mission included the following mobile industry experts, top-tier venture capitalists, and industry leaders: Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator; Isaac Roth, PaaS Master of Red Hat; Chris Yeh, VP of Platform at Box; Dylan Tweney, Executive Director of VentureBeat; Navin Chaddha, Managing Director of Mayfield Fund; Ryan Floyd, General Partner at Storm Ventures; Tim Guleri, Managing Director of Sierra Ventures; John Occhipinti, Partner at Relay Ventures; and Toshi Otani, Managing Director at TransLink Capital.
The Grand Prize Winner will be announced at Codestrong, Appcelerator’s annual mobile conference, taking place this year in San Francisco from October 21-23. That Grand Prize Winner will receive a $15,000 grand prize, and the second place winner will be awarded $5,000. Also taking home $5,000 are two special prize winners: Business Operating Box (BoB), winning the “Box Bonus” for the best integration with the Box API, and DEEP JAPAN Toyama, winning the “Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS) Bonus” for the best integration with ACS. As well, all prize winners will be awarded a Nexus 7 tablet.
Below, please find more information on these apps and their developers with links to their video submissions for the challenge, to the app store from which these apps can be purchased, and to the developers’ Twitter handles. Follow them to see what they’ll come up with next!
Top Two Finalists: App Studio and Battlesquare|Risk™ for the Real World
Developers Ivan M. of App Studio and Raul R. and Carlos G. of Battlesquare are being flown to the Codestrong conference for an on-stage interview with Appcelerator CEO Jeff Haynie.
App Studio is the first WYSIWYG iPad app that allows users to create, edit, compile and share a full mobile application without a computer. Learn more about App Studio by watching this video submission to the mobile developer challenge. App Studio is the brainchild of Ivan M., an 18 year-old French student in Chicago. Follow him on Twitter @thedeejay92. App Studio will be available for purchase soon in 2012.
When asked to highlight reasons for App Studio’s selection as a top-two finalist in the mobile developer challenge, Appcelerator CEO Jeff Haynie shared, “I really like how Ivan tried to think about how to make it easier to build apps around titanium and different app build use cases. I like the thinking around ‘how does titanium itself get impacted by the iPad?‘”
Battlesquare|Risk™ for the Real World is a location-based, real-world strategy game that allows you to conquer your neighborhood in a Risk™ style game. Battle with your friends, conquer your city, save money and earn rewards in the process. Learn more about Battlesquare by watching this video submission to the mobile developer challenge. Battlesquare is the brainchild of two developers from Spain, Raul R., and Carlos G. and is slated for release this October.
When asked to cite some reasons for Battlesquare’s selection as a top-two finalist for the mobile developer challenge, Appcelerator CEO Jeff Haynie replied, “Our judging panel really liked the combination of a great UI, terrific integration of social, mobile, cloud, and real-world gameplay, overlaid with mobile. Battlesquare is both a great concept and an awesome app.”
Additional finalists and prize-winners recognized for their next-gen apps:
ClearWeather for iPhone is the first app for iPhone that shows the weather forecast by color. Learn more about ClearWeather by watching this video submission to the mobile developer challenge. ClearWeather is the brainchild of Czech Republic developer Pavel M. and can be purchased for $1.99 in the App Store. You can follow Pavel on Twitter @ArtofUX.
Dash, created by ex-international class sprinters, is an automatic tap-and-sprint starter’s pistol for track athletes. With both manual and automatic modes, coaches and athletes can use this fun, stylish training tool to simulate a track umpire’s start commands and a starter’s pistol. Learn more about Dash by watching this video submission to the mobile developer challenge. Dash is the brainchild of Bjorn J. of London and Ben P., and it can be purchased for $1.99 in the App Store. Follow Bjorn on Twitter @bjornjansen_
Globl Me allows users to browse, interact, and share media with people around the world. Globl Me is built on “moments,” a snapshot in a photo stream that can become part of an “Adventure,” a series of moments that friends can share and post to, like a group album. Learn more about Globl Me by watching this video submission to the mobile developer challenge. Built by four developers, Joe L., Stephen R., Eric T.W., and Parker Y., this app will be available for purchase soon in 2012. You can follow Stephen R. on Twitter @sprjrx.
My Communicator is an assistive and augmentative communications app that allows users with speech pathology issues to communicate with care givers, educators, and peers. Caregivers can record audio via the device microphone and associate them with switches (buttons). Users then use the switches to communicate or make choices. This app is unique in the AAC app market in offering its users the option to pay a monthly fee to store their recordings, images and layouts in the cloud, powered by Appcelerator Cloud Services. It runs on the Apple iPad and on Android Tablets. Learn more about My Communicator by watching this video submission to the mobile developer challenge. My Communicator is the brainchild of Stephen F. and Lisa F. and will be available for puchase soon in 2012. Follow Stephen F. on Twitter @stephenfeather.
My Challenge Solinca embodies the concept of e-fitness, allowing its users to monitor their workouts and to challenge themselves to reach higher achievement levels in their fitness, rewarded not only by personal results but by badges within the app. Learn more about My Challenge Solinca by watching this video submission to the mobile developer challenge. Developed in Portugal by Joao M. of the comOn Interactive (Twitter: @comon_interact), this app will be available for purchase soon in 2012.
myZings allows users to buy and sell from their mobile devices. Available for iPhone and Android, myZings users can set up shops, upload pics, accept direct payments, and view items for sale around them on a map, among other features. Learn more about myZings by watching this video submission to the mobile developer challenge. Developed by Javier R. of Valencia, Spain and David A. of Madrid, Spain, this app is free in the App Store and on Google Play. Follow Javier on Twitter @jrayon and David @davidalonsoh.
Shake With Me is a funny, icebreaking, multi-player, realtime shaking game that can be played on Facebook or offline with people online or nearby. Learn more about Shake With Me by watching this video submission to the mobile developer challenge. Available for both iOS and Android devices, this app is free and is available now in the App Store or on Google Play. Its developers are Mauro P., Michael D., Daria A., Alex T., and Angelo D.
ShareCar is an app enabling car sharing (carpooling) among users in India. Learn more about ShareCar by watching this video submission to the mobile developer challenge. It will be available soon in 2012 for both iOS and Android platforms. Follow developer Karthi P of Chennai @karthi_nkl on Twitter.
“Box Bonus Winner” – Business Operating Box (BoB)
BoB allows users to share and to collaborate in real time by managing multiple files and documents in the cloud. B0B is built on top of Box services and is designed as a single platform on which users can perform document-related business operations and synchronize their work across all devices. Learn more about BoB by watching this video submission to the mobile developer challenge. Developed by Atul N. and Neha M., BoB is among the AgileBoard family of products and will be released soon in 2012.
“ACS Bonus Winner” – DEEP JAPAN Toyama
DEEP JAPAN Toyama is a deep town guide project that allows local creators of anime movies to introduce local deep spots to users. Spots are also linked to foursquare. Learn more about DEEP JAPAN by watching this video submission to the mobile developer challenge. Developed by Kazuaki K. and Kosuke I., this app will be available for purchase soon in 2012.