The Better Life App Challenge’s global search ends with Spain’s Psonríe app crowned winner

The Softonic powered Better Life App Challenge has reached it’s end after a grand finale event held at the Antiga Fabrica Estrella Damm, Barcelona last night.

9 global developers took to the stage and pitched their life bettering application to an onstage jury of industry officials including Softonic’s Business & MKT Director David Jordan and e-growing founder Vanessa Estorach.  

Catalonian Psychology app Psonríe was crowned overall winner, claiming $5,000 of the $10,000 prize money and product acceleration rewards from Softonic. Already claiming the ‘Citizen Empowerment’ award at last month’s Smart City Hack Event, held within SCEWC 16, the apps ability to connect users to a qualified psychologist for short, affordable conversation truly matched the project’s goals and showed clear usability.

Winning 2nd place and $3,000 was Daysk app, an ingenious platform for users to find new places to work remotely.

Finally, grabbing 3rd place and the last $2,000 was Kiwicampus, an on demand food delivery app for campuses, promising ease and delivery in around just 20 minutes for busy students.

Launched in July with a hackathon at the Barcelona Mobile World Centre, the Better Life App Challenge project sought to find apps that bettered the everyday lives of users within the following themes – Personal Goals, Lifelong Learning, Work-Life Balance, Better Life At Work, Respect, Collaboration, Privacy and Safety.

Submission was free for developers and included a three month incubation programme including webinars for those who wished to use it. Nearly 70 apps were eventually sent from all over the globe including the U.S, UK, Germany, Russia, Bosnia, Chile, Demark and Nigeria covering a wide range of topics.

Full list of last night’s finalists can be found here.

An Interview With Storage Together’s Luke Amargo, Winner of Smart City Hack’s ‘Best Solution’ Award 2016

Five months of hackathons, competitions and a worldwide product search led to last week’s Smart City Hack final – and what a final we had! In front of a packed audience, as well as all the passing Smart City Expo visitors, our ten finalists passionately pitched away their apps and solutions to our jury of industry professionals. No one pitched more passionately though than Storage Together’s Luke Amargo. Coming all the way from Phoenix, A.Z. Luke laid out the app’s potential and the team’s future goals with real panache, resulting in Storage Together being awarded the ‘Best Solution 2016’ prize. We grabbed him for a quick chat about the app’s dramatic beginnings and plans for 2017.

What’s your background?
English Literature from Grand Canyon University with minors in Design and Entrepreneurial Studies.

What caused your first interest in apps and developing?

I started focusing purely on writing, I loved creating worlds. However there was more things to create beyond fiction and it was great having people rally behind an idea. This got me into developing.

Where did the concept for the app come from?

I had a car accident on my way to my college, and my items got destroyed. I discovered if I burdened my stuff at a friend’s house or a pricey storage unit my stuff would’ve been fine. So I combined both ideas and had this idea of “share economy-fying” self-storage.  Eureka from a wreck.

The sharing economy has seen huge growth and exposure in the past few years, do you think apps will continue to lead the charge?  

Apps that simply allow accountability and flexibility we’ve not had in the past. Though desktops in theory could do the same, applications have geolocation and portability, so apps are a necessity. Our competitors don’t have an app, so I don’t consider them 100% members of the “share economy.”

How did you hear about Smart City Hack?

My company does an incredible number of pitches, and this was on the radar when I was doing research at Grand Canyon University.

What’s been your proudest moment so far?
Winning this! It has been an incredible honor. We got to bring the prize back to GCU, Phoenix and to my family. I have been praying for adventures, and this was by far, one of the favorite adventures (also my favorite time in Europe). I remember also, afterwards, taking a guitar and performing right by Plaça d’Espanya to celebrate.
Reaching your audience is one of the hardest challenges with any product, how do you plan to attract more users?

Organic is ideal. For instance, people who refer us personally to their peers is my favorite way of marketing. However, with the need of storage being prevalent in our target market of college students, all we have to do is argue our value proposition. Money stays with locals. You save money (40% below the industry). Also, you have more space for your life! We have some guerilla marketing and of course SEO/FB Ads on the way. But I treasure organic reach.

Where do you see the future of the app going? What are your expansion plans? 

We don’t have to build brick-and-mortar stores, we have room to really focus our funds. Scalability is huge for our vision of storage since the market has been growing even during financially tough times.

We want to have a stronger app so we can scale in any city without us having to jump in and ruin the flow of commerce, so we gotta tighten our backend. We are going to expand college to college (people who love the share economy), city to city and then the whole nation. We have a man in London who wants to launch a European beta test. We are focusing on quality, since the share economy is built on trust.

¡ Ven a la Gran Final de Apps&Cultura el 31 de octubre en Barcelona!

¡Ya está todo listo para conocer las aplicaciones que darán un nuevo impulso a la cultura en Barcelona! ¡Sólo faltas tú! El 31 de octubre, a partir de las 18h, en el Mobile World Centre sabremos qué aplicación conseguirá llevarse el principal premio de Apps&Cultura ¡Ven! ¡Estás invitado!


Bienvenida La directora de la Dirección de Creatividad e Innovación del ICUB, Inés Garriga, abrirá la final Apps&Cultura, la  competición impulsada por la Dirección de Creatividad e Innovación del Institut de la Cultura de Barcelona (ICUB)AppCircus para lanzar la cultura de Barcelona desde el móvil.

La gran final

Los finalistas tendrán tres minutos para convencer a un prestigioso jurado de que tienen la mejor aplicación para impulsar y difundir la cultura en Barcelona.

Keynote: “El efecto WOW: cómo las tecnologías han de crear emociones”

Asier Arranz, CIO de Mybrana y CEO de Nebutek, nos hablará sobre cómo más allá de la tecnología están las experiencias, y sobre cómo se ha de jugar con todos los sentidos para crear emociones.

Panel de discusión: “La Cultura Aumentada”

Apps&Cultura ha organizado un panel de debate titulado “La cultura aumentada”, en el que los expertos Simon Lee, cofundador de Incubio; Mario Tarradas, CEO de Foolhead Studio, y Asier Arranz discutirán sobre la tecnología, los contenidos y los modelos de negocio con un turno abierto a las preguntas del público.


Cuando acabe la final y se hayan anunciado los ganadores tendrás tiempo para comentar los detalles de Apps&Cultura y establecer nuevos contactos con otros asistentes o con los equipos de desarrolladores que han participado y disfrutar de una Estrella Damm bien fría.


El 31 de octubre conoceremos al ganador de Apps&Cultura: todavía puedes presentar tu app!

Sólo queda un mes para saber qué aplicación gana Apps&Cultura, la competición que busca la mejor app con la que conseguir un nuevo impulso en la difusión de la cultura entre los ciudadanos de Barcelona.

Hasta el 14 de octubre está abierto el plazo de presentación de apps, ¡por lo que todavía estás a tiempo de presentarte! Basta con inscribirse en este link

La final se celebrará el 31 de octubre en la sede del Mobile World Centre y los equipos de desarrolladores lucharán por lograr los 8.500 euros en premios en metálico. Además, las tres apps ganadoras pasarán a la primera edición de la fase de aceleración de Apps&Cultura. Este proceso de mentoring y acompañamiento personalizado se realizará con el apoyo de algunos de los actores más importantes en aceleración de la ciudad y con ambición de preparar proyectos para la inversión y sostenibilidad.

Fetch wins the Best App Award at the Mobile Premier Awards

The mobile application Fetch, an app for Android that allows to get the latest Google Play apps adapted to suit the user, has won the Best App Award at the Mobile Premier Awards 2014. Mis Reuniones, a tool to manage meetings in a simple and effective way, gained the most votes on Twitter and takes home the Audience Award, and Social Diabetes, a real-time self-management app system for people with diabetes, scored the Big Impact Award. This one was chosen by the AppCircus team, organizer of the event, and goes to the app that had the most impact on people’s lives. Congratulations!!

Seleccionadas las diez finalistas de AppCircus Bogotá

Ya están seleccionadas las diez aplicaciones que competirán en AppCircus Bogotá el próximo 11 de diciembre, un evento que reunirá a los principales actores del ecosistema de emprendimiento y a los desarrolladores más innovadores de Colombia. AppCircus Bogotá ha sido organizado de la mano de la Revista Mprende un medio digital que busca dar visibilidad a la labor que desarrollan los emprendedores, las pequeñas y medianas empresas.

La app ganadora será evaluada por un jurado global y podrá ser una de las 20 apps participantes en los Mobile Premier Awards 2014, que tendrán lugar en Barcelona el 24 de febrero, con ocasión del Mobile World Congress.

En la última edición de los Mobile Premier Awards, la app colombiana Grabbity fue la app más votada por el público. Su presentación está disponible aquí.

Dominique Brodbeck
Francisco Vanegas
Fundación Capital
Diana Zea
hernan jaramillo
Yoann Lecuyer
Juan Salcedo
Julian Urrego
Miguel Mc Allister

Sigue AppCircus Bogotá en Twitter con el hashtag #AppCircusBog

Philippine Transit App Challenge culminating night

The finalists of the Philippine Transit App Challenge will pitch their entries live on stage on October 14, at 17:00 (GMT +8), at University of Philippines Asia Learning Center Toyota Auditorium. The winners will be announced during this same event. Register for free to attend!

The competition was launched on July 2nd, and was followed by a 3-month development period, where participants worked together with volunteer mentors to build their entries. more than a 100 app ideas were received and more than half of those have passed to the prototype phase.

The Department of Transportation and Communications, in partnership with the Metro Manila Development Authority and Cebu City Government, has hosted the first national transport application development competition. Participants were invited to develop applications based on two new kinds of publically available data – regularly updated geographic location and service information for all bus, jeepney, and rail routes in Metro Manila, as well as live traffic incident data streams in Manila and Cebu, currently being tested under a pilot scheme.