The Better Life App Challenge announces its 10 finalists after five and a half months of incubation and submissions

The Softonic powered Better Life App Challenge has closed its submission and voting phases and can now publicly announce its ten most impressive submissions. Launched in July with a hackathon at the Barcelona Mobile World Centre, the 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 sent from all over the globe including the U.S, UK, Germany, Russia, Colombia and Nigeria covering a range of topics.

The finalists are as follows:

1. Kiwi Campus (Bogotá, Colombia)  Theme: Collaboration (IOS, Android). 
A platform to connect students, doing favors and deliveries on demand in college campuses.

2. Snackson (Barcelona, España) Theme: Lifelong Learning (IOS, Android). Is a mobile based e-learning service where companies and institutions can carry out training actions for their employees.

3. Thingthing Keyboard (Barcelona, Spain) Theme: Better Live at Work (IOS). Connects Calendar, Dropbox, Google Drive, Facebook, Instagram, GIFs and much more, all from within one keyboard.

4. Keychn – Live Streaming the world of home cooking (Barcelona, Spain) Theme: Lifelong Learning (IOS). A live streaming cooking app that connects foodies all around the world.

5. Get ZENd  (Toronto, Canada) Theme: Personal Goal (Android). Stress reducing app that adds clarity, improves your sleeping pattern and improves focus.

6. Schooltivity (Valencia, Spain) Theme: Work Life Balance / Better Life at Work (Android, IOS). A digital platform that improves communication between parents and daycare centres.

7. DAYSK (Barcelona) Theme: Work Life Balance / Better Life at Work (Android, IOS). Daysk promotes working mobility for professionals by easing the process of working remotely.

8. Joosr Book Summaries (United Kingdom, Brighton) Theme: Lifelong Learning (IOS). Boost your knowledge in just 20 minutes with summaries from great non-fiction texts.

9. Instant (India, Pune) Theme: Personal Goal (IOS / Android). Using varied personal analytics to help people lead a healthier and more productive life.

10. Psonríe (Barcelona) Theme: Personal Goal (Android). Solution to anonymously connect users with psychiatric professionals for quick, low rate conversations.  

These ten will compete at a grand final event to be held on December 13th at the Antiga Fabrica Estrella Damm in Barcelona. An onstage jury of industry experts including Softonic’s Business and MKT Director David Jordan, Softonic VP Product Gino Micacchi, GSMA mSchools Manager David Vilella and and e-growing founder Vanessa Estorach will be evaluating each developer’s pitch and their products merits.  

The top three apps will spilt 10,000 US in cash as well as Softonic providing impressive promotional rewards and app acceleration for select apps. Audience attendance for the final is free and will be followed by a networking session with complimentary beer and snacks.

Better Life App Challenge counts PickASO, PCatalà, Andro4all, iPadizate, and Difoosion, as its media partners.

Wave se lleva el primer premio en AppCircus Madrid

La aplicación móvil Wave, para la localización de contactos en tiempo real y en un mapa privado, ha sido la ganadora de AppCircus Madrid, un evento en el que ha destacado el nivel de las apps en competición. Wave ha recibido una invitación para presentar su proyecto a los Mobile Premier Awards 2015, los premios de referencia del universo de las apps.

Por su parte, la aplicación Real Riders, un juego de descenso libre en bicicleta para iOS con movimientos ajustados a la física del mundo real y un entorno gráfico revolucionario, ha sido reconocida con una mención especial.

La Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid ha acogido el evento, que ha sido presentado por Juan Antonio Corrales, cofundador de Applicantes.

Durante la final, ha habido una keynote a cargo de Andrés Leonardo Martínez, Developer Program Manager en Google, bajo el título “Understanding the apps developer ecosystem!”. El jurado ha estado compuesto por Asier Arranz, de Mybrana, Nebutek Soluciones SL; el Keynote del evento Andrés Leornado Martínez, y por Ángeles Montesinos, senior Consultant en Ars Pixelica.

Muchas gracias a todos y felicidades a los ganadores!!

AppCircus llega a Chile!

Hemos abierto las inscripciones para participar en AppCircus Chile. Apunta gratuitamente tu aplicación móvil y aprovecha la oportunidad para conseguir una mayor proyección y reconocimiento!

¿Qué puedes ganar?

La aplicación ganadora recibirá los siguientes grandes premios por cortesía de Intel:

1 vuelo de ida y vuelta a Barcelona para el MWC 2015 1 slot para los Mobile Premier Awards 2015 1 pase para visitar el Mobile World Congress 2015

¡Apúntate ya!

El plazo de inscripción de AppCircus Chile se cierra el próximo 22 de diciembre.

Las diez aplicaciones finalistas competirán el próximo 7 de enero de 2015 en Santiago.

No pierdas la oportunidad!

¡AppCircus llega a Madrid con un showcase que marcará tendencia!

Las apps más innovadoras del ecosistema móvil español subirán al escenario de AppCircus Madrid el próximo 10 de diciembre. Será a las 18.30 horas en Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomunicaciones de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid y con el apoyo de Intel.

AppCircus Madrid está abierto a  cualquier desarrollador, estudiante, startup o empresa con un prototipo funcional de su app. De entre todas las aplicaciones inscritas que cumplan este requisito, diez serán seleccionadas para mostrar su propuesta sobre el escenario, ante el jurado y el público.

El plazo de inscripción finaliza el próximo 28 de noviembre. El premio será una plaza para competir en los premios de referencia internacional en el mundo de las aplicaciones móviles, los Mobile Premier Awards 2015, que se celebrarán durante el Mobile World Congress.

El keynote irá a cargo Andrés Leonardo Martínez, Developer Program Manager en Google, que hablará sobre el Economic Report 2014.

¡No desaproveches la oportunidad y registra tu app AQUÍ! Si solo quieres asistir como público ¡también estás invitado!

The Mobile Premier Awards pitch videos are online!

It’s been a while since we talked about the Mobile Premier Awards, but we’re back with some great news.

For each application who made it to the finals, we made a 6 to 7 min. video. In each video you can see live footage of the pitch and the Q&A round with the Jury. It’s the perfect way to get to know more about each application, its stats and figures, the people behind it and their motivation.

We made a special MPA2014 compilation playlist for you, so sit back, grab a nice drink/snack and enjoy all the app-developer’s performances on stage!

July 4th AppCircus London @ Google: Meet the London Jury!

The upcoming AppCircus @ Google Campus event is set to be of another great reference for the London-based app developers to showcase their talent and for the local app ecosystem players to learn about new the business opportunities in this exciting and fast-moving space.

Here below is the jury to select the apps and who will be judging the apps on stage at Google Campus on July 4th. AppCircus London winners of previous editons include SwiftKey, Masabi and Echo Echo. Check this The Next Web review on the latest AppCircus in London we organised in November 2011.

Developers can register their app here to enter the AppCircus @ Google Campus London contest. Registration deadline is June 19th. The winning app will be nominated for the next edition of the Mobile Premier Awards in Barcelona.

The event is free, you only need to register here to attend.

Google Campus London

The jury members include: Continue reading “July 4th AppCircus London @ Google: Meet the London Jury!”

Selected Apps to pitch at BlackBerry DevCon

Meet the selected apps that will have the chance to pitch at the AppCircus Spotlight on  BlackBerry DevCon® in Amsterdam taking place on February 7th.

Wondering if you can attend the show? Of course! Register at http://www.blackberrydevcon.com/europe!

Barcode: BBM-Connected BlackBerry app! QR-Code Reader and Generator. System wide integration through menu! This is a QR Code Reader and Generator. It’s built for sharing data with other smartphone users or on web.

Poynt: Poynt is a convenient and timesaving GPS-enabled app that gives users the power of multiple applications in one intuitive package. Poynt is an app that connects consumers to local businesses, restaurants, movie theaters, events, gas prices and weather information at the moment they are looking to buy or acquire products/services.

GRave Defense HD: GRave Defense HD is the next step in the evolution of tower defense games for the mobile platform! It takes the best qualities from other tower defense games and adds many new features as well! It is an old-school hardcore game!
Harold and the Purple Crayon: From acclaimed author Crockett Johnson, Harold and the Purple Crayon is the first and most popular book in the series. For more than five decades this book has been a beloved mainstay in parents libraries.
Mindmaps: Mindmaps is a mind mapping tool and a brainstorming application. It allows you to order your thoughts, store ideas and bring structure into complex concepts which makes it your ideal companion during meetings, lectures…
Twinoo: Logic and art come together in this simple and brilliant game. Get ready to teach your brain some new stuff! May the best brain hemisphere win!
Ruler: Ever had the problem that you wanted to measure the dimensions of an object but had no ruler within reach? With this handy app for The BlackBerry® PlayBook™ you can measure small objects in one go by touching the screen and using the build in crosslines with attached distance measurement.

Holes: Holes let you explore the world of a small ball … Try to bring the marble (ball) to the final hole, without falling in the small holes. By changing the angle of your device, you can control the marble and reach new highscores.

mobizy: Work from anywhere. Be productive on the go. Use your mobile phone or tablet. MOBIZY powers today’s mobile enterprises with solutions for all kinds of businesses.Sell more. Deliver earlier. Keep tabs on your important customers. Manage field teams. Spread knowledge throughout your organization. Do more.
Package Tracking:Package Tracking is an application that can track packages shipped through different 44 carriers.
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AppCircus @ Circus Mashimus at SXSW 2012

Through a partnership with Mashery we will be present again this year at the Circus Mashimus in SXSW Interactive 2012. We are ready to be part of one of the premier conferences for technology and innovation in the world. South by South West is clearly a must attend event in your agenda!

Register your app here if you’d like to pitch at this unique opportunity and connect to the SXSW Interactive audience. We will gather some bright heads in mobile to be part  of the jury to evaluate the apps, check our jury from last year.

We will be showcasing mobile apps from all over the world at the Circus Mashimus tent, you will get to see apps that have presented at the Mobile Premier awards and AppCircus winners from 2011 as well as the latest apps applying to pitch for this event.

[email protected] Mashimus – SXSW Agenda:

We will be showcasing mobile apps from all over the world at the Circus Mashimus tent, you will get to see apps that have presented at the Mobile Premier awards and AppCircus winners from 2011 as well as the latest apps applying to pitch for this event. AppCircus finalists will be showcased for an hour on Saturday and Sunday, March 10th-11th, with a final showcase on Monday, March 12th from 2-4 pm.

March 10th and 11th: You will get to see each day a couple of the 2011 Mobile Premier Award winners, we will give each mobile application 3 minutes to pitch. So you wont get bored hearing a long speech, Mashery will be providing some beverages and popcorn to enjoy the show. We might have a few surprises for all the attendees.

We will be showcasing apps from 14:00 to 15:00. So make sure to be ready to see the mobile showcase we are preparing with past AppCircus winners from around the globe.

March 12th: The big show, we will open up the “call for apps” until the 21st of February. So make sure to sign up at AppCircus, upload the information for the application you want to pitch and then apply for [email protected] Mashimus, Austin event.

  • Welcome and introduction to AppCircus.
  • Supporters presentations.
  • 10 App presentations and Jury feedback.
  • Audience voting and Networking.
  • Winner announcement.

We will start at 14:00 and end at 16:00.

The venue is The Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX, Room #3, on the first level near the popular Screenburn Arcade, the keynote room, and largest panel rooms.

Through a partnership with Mashery we will be present again this year at the Circus Mashimus in SXSW Interactive 2012. We are ready to be part of one of the premier conferences for technology and innovation in the world. South by South West is clearly a must attend event in your agenda!

Register your app here if you’d like to pitch at this unique opportunity and connect to the SXSW Interactive audience. We will gather some bright heads in mobile to be part  of the jury to evaluate the apps, check our jury from last year.

We will be showcasing mobile apps from all over the world at the Circus Mashimus tent, you will get to see apps that have presented at the Mobile Premier awards and AppCircus winners from 2011 as well as the latest apps applying to pitch for this event.

[email protected] Mashimus – SXSW Agenda:

We will be showcasing mobile apps from all over the world at the Circus Mashimus tent, you will get to see apps that have presented at the Mobile Premier awards and AppCircus winners from 2011 as well as the latest apps applying to pitch for this event. AppCircus finalists will be showcased for an hour on Saturday and Sunday, March 10th-11th, with a final showcase on Monday, March 12th from 2-4 pm.

March 10th and 11th: You will get to see each day a couple of the 2011 Mobile Premier Award winners, we will give each mobile application 3 minutes to pitch. So you wont get bored hearing a long speech, Mashery will be providing some beverages and popcorn to enjoy the show. We might have a few surprises for all the attendees.

We will be showcasing apps from 14:00 to 15:00. So make sure to be ready to see the mobile showcase we are preparing with past AppCircus winners from around the globe.

March 12th: The big show, we will open up the “call for apps” until the 21st of February. So make sure to sign up at AppCircus, upload the information for the application you want to pitch and then apply for [email protected] Mashimus, Austin event.

  • Welcome and introduction to AppCircus.
  • Supporters presentations.
  • 10 App presentations and Jury feedback.
  • Audience voting and Networking.
  • Winner announcement.

We will start at 14:00 and end at 16:00.

The venue is The Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX, Room #3, on the first level near the popular Screenburn Arcade, the keynote room, and largest panel rooms.