The growth of mobile technology has built a large market of applications. While it is true that the entertainment apps present a great business opportunity, there is another type of less commercial applications that have to get funding for its development. There are many needs of applications, many opportunities, but the inability of developers to cover the costs until they put in place their great projects makes them fail.
Vodafone Spain Foundation has presented the Mobile for Good Europe Awards, an initiative that gives €200,000 for the best apps of health, public services, education and accessibility. The contest have been announced within “The mobile for good event”, an event organized with the support of Barcelona Mobile World Capital in the Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT).
The “Mobile for Good Europe Awards” rewards mobile applications designed to improve people’s quality of life to generate public benefit. This year’s edition has four categories. Each category offers € 50,000 wich will be shared by the best three apps valued apps by the jury: €30,000 for the winner, €15,000 for the second and €5,000 for the third.
The registration must be done via the Mobile for Good Europe Awards website. The deadline to submit applications is until October 15, 2013.
The event has had four workshops, which showed the advantages and opportunities that the applications can offer in the four areas of the contest.
Joan Cornet, representative of mHealth Competence Centre Barcelona Mobile World Capital, has participated in the health section. He has made a presentation on the big steps that have been achieved in the relationship between health and mobile together with the Dr. Josep Roca of the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona. Cornet stated that the health sector offers many opportunities. However, it has to meet the actual demand to offer truly useful services and move towards personalized medicine.
The workshop on public services, headed by Alexis Culubret, Director of eGovernment of the Barcelona City Council, has had the collaboration of Susanna Roig from Creu Roja, who explained the case of Teleasistencia Móvil, an application that provides assistance trough mobile phone and GPS system with just a click.
Pere Torrents, Manager for mEducation of GSMA, has opened the education workshop speaking about the access to school through mobile devices. Adapting each student capabilities in their learning process can help to reduce the high school dropout rate that currently exists. Simplify and customize the way that the content arrives to the students can contribute to a more effective way of learning.
Ramón Lamiel, a member of the Municipal Institute of people with disabilities of the Barcelona City Council did a demonstration about the possibilities available in different mobile operating systems have covered the workshop on accessibility. Manuel Linares, winner of the “Vodafone Accessibility European Awards” last year, has talked about the Case Ablah.
The initiative “Mobile for Good Europe Awards” is supported by AGE Platform Europe, a platform that works in favor of more than 150 million Europeans over the age of 50 years and the European Disability Forum, which represents more than 80 million people with disabilities in Europe.