The time has come to crown the Regional Winners of the 2010 Super Apps Developer Challenge!
Here’s a quick recap of some of my highlights along the way…
The challenge launched in April, with an open call to the developer community to tell us why they thought they had built a Super App by explaining how they used the Super App characteristics to deliver an exceptional user experience. During the challenge, we shared insights through our blog posts and webcast series, and even dropped a few special Super Apps tips. And the community responded – at BlackBerry® DEVCON we accepted almost 400 participants into the challenge. Some of those entries were highlighted at the Community Connection event on Monday night.
And now, after many hours of reviewing the application forms and applications, we are happy to shine a light on the Winners! We selected one winner for each region – North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Each winner is a great example of how to leverage the power of the BlackBerry platform to build compelling applications that customers want to use every day!
• North American Winner: Poynt, developed by Multiplied Media Corporation, is designed to enable users to find businesses, retailers, restaurants, movies, gas prices (US only) and weather information. It uses GPS or cell-site location to quickly deliver the information users need, whenever and wherever they need it.
• Latin America Winner: Vlingo Plus – Voice App is the intelligent voice app that is designed to turn a user’s words into action. Developed by Vlingo Corporation, Vlingo enables users to simply speak to their BlackBerry to send a text or email message to any contact; search the web using Google or Yahoo!; call a friend; update their Facebook or Twitter status; use instant messengers; and, speak to virtually any application. It also reads incoming text and email messages while users are on the go.
• Europe / Middle East / Africa Winner: Developed by Ubiest S.p.A., UbiNav EU is designed to turn a mobile device into a reliable GPS mapping solution with real-time turn by turn navigation on screen. Users can listen to the turn-by-turn vocal instructions and find whatever they need wherever they are. They can find, map, navigate to, or simply call over 10 million businesses listed within the database.
• Asia Pacific Winner: Love Indonesia is an all-in-one guide for Indonesia on the BlackBerry. It is a free location-based lifestyle portal for BlackBerry designed to guide users in finding anything they need with its different search features. It provides regular reviews and discount promotions of merchants for each city in Indonesia, along with information on restaurants, hotels, shopping, movies, news, traffic, events and more.
Thank you to all the participants in the BlackBerry Partners Fund 2010 Super Apps Developer Challenge – as well as all of our valued sponsors.
What’s next? Stay tuned for special blog features on how some of the winners and finalists leveraged Super App characteristics in their apps and rose to the top of the challenge!