Today, Ericsson announced the winners of the 2013 Ericsson Application Awards at a ceremony at the Ericsson Studio in Kista, Sweden.
In the student category, first prize was awarded to GreenSpark from Portugal. Their application reduces the complexity of maintaining and monitoring a household solar-power system through a plug-and-play device using cloud-computing technology.
The first prize winner in the company category was Therapy Box from Uk. Their application will learn based on the user’s use pattern, and draw from a phrase bank to give the user instant access to messages so they can quickly get help, interrupt a conversation or join in a discussion.
Congrats to the winners!!!
Here you can find interviews with the finalist teams:
The jury will soon announce the winners, so stay tuned....
After months of nail-biting competition, now it’s time for the grand finale.
The Ericsson Application Awards Ceremony will take place in the Ericsson Studio at Ericsson Headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden on May 22nd, between 09.00-12.00 (CET). It will be an exciting event where the four finalist teams will pitch their ideas to a finalist jury and to the audience in the
Ericsson Studio (we have invited entrepreneurs, students, telecom influencers and media) .
The two first-place winners (company and student category) will each receive €25,000 and the two second place teams will each get €10,000.
For more details about the finalist teams, click here
For more details about the finalist jury and keynote speakers, click here
09.40 Keynote 1: The Networked Society
Erik Kruse, Evangelist, Strategic Marketing
10.00 Exhibition/Team presentations
11.00 Keynote 2: Entrepreneurship
Henrik Thome, CEO Sonetel
11.30 Announcement of EAA2013 winners
We will publish images, video clips and comments from the event here, so stay tuned for more information.....
The EAA Team
Let us introduce the final teams for this year's Ericsson Application Awards final. Who are the people behind the ideas that will compete for the prize money on May, 22?
Get to know the final teams here!
|Poan Shen, Joel Rodrigues
The team has two members and both of them currently studying at the University of Madeira.
Poan is from Taiwan, his course is the Master in Entertainment Technologies at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (through a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University). Joel is taking the bridging-program of Human Aspects of Technology (a post-graduation), he is Portuguese and lives in Funchal. Our team focused on using innovative ideas to boost the usage of green energy. In this competition we put our emphasis on solar power in house market.
|GreenSpark||Our application can greatly reduce the complexity of maintaining and monitoring a household solar power system by providing our users a plug & play device and by using cloud computing technology. Our solution includes a web app, so our users can keep tracking of their system on the go|
|Girlpower||Anna Plotwicka, Izabela Plokita
Girlpower is a young team of students from Poland. Anna Mendak is a main originator of the "Neighbourhood Watch" app idea. Anna was responsible for project management and interface designs. Izabela is computer science student and was a great help on the technical side
|Girlpower||A neighborhood watch is an organized group of citizens devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within a their neighborhoods. We thought that this approach deserves to be promoted so we created mobile app that makes it easier for people to organize patrols, sent and receive safety alarms and have permanent connection between them. The app may be integrated with to police, fire stations and hospitals systems.|
|Added Value Applications||Jakkapun Kwanroengja, Max Mumford, Rohith Nair, Ian Pettman
Team members are all employed by Added value applications Ltd a software development company situated in Henley on Thames. Team members typically have one or more degrees and most have undertaken further education at University of Reading and worked for Added value applications Ltd as part time students.
|AddedValue||Map4Map is a machine to machine application allowing one or more mobile devices to track one or more mobile other devices. Rather than a simple ping, the users can set up permitted routes and areas which are "safe". The app transmits an alarm when the mobile phone strays of permitted routes or times. Otherwise the app is silent. Primary uses include monitoring Alzheimer's sufferers and Children getting lost.|
|Tbox Apps||Rebecca Bright, Swapnil Gadgil
TBoxApps (by Therapy Box) strives to develop apps for people with disabilities to enable them to be connected. Our ethos is to create affordable, cutting edge apps for people with communication and physical disabilities.
|TboxApps||Predictable is not just a text-to-speech app! It enables people with significant physical and speech disabilities to be able to communicate. With self-learning word prediction; head mouse access and integration with social media, this app gives people a voice!|
We are happy to say that this year's jury is a five-star line-up. Our jury members are all from different business fields and will look upon the final applications from different angles.
During the day our guests will also enjoy a full agenda with keynotes and demonstrations of the final submissions. Please meet the jury and the keynote speakers:
|Jeremy Foster, Director Marketing, Ericsson Group Function Sales and Marketing. Since joining the industry almost 17 years ago, Jeremy has built up a solid technology skill set (thanks to 5 yrs with Ericsson), developed his sales and marketing skills (thanks to 5 yrs with Vodafone) and has been back with Ericsson since Aug 2006.||Chairman of the Jury|
|Marlène Sellebråten, editor-in-chief, Mobil and Mobil:Business. Marlène is a tech journalist and analyst based in Sweden. She is today editor-in-chief at Mobil Publications, including Sweden’s leading mobile titles Mobil and Mobil:Business. Her favourite topics are mobile, app economics and disruption.||Jury Member|
|Per Holmkvist, Founder and Strategy Director, Mobiento. A mobile marketing lover since 2000, Per has founded several mobile companies and won a host of awards along the way. He was a member of the inaugural Mobile jury @ Cannes Lions 2012 and the mobile jury @ Guldägget 2013.||Jury Member|
|Magnus Brandberg, Seed Investor and Business Angel, Gullspång Invest. He is a Seed Investor and Business Angel bridging the gap between family, friends and fools and institutional investors by providing capital, competence and contacts to startups in exchange for equity. As a complement to board work, Magnus also enjoys supporting the portfolio companies with operational tasks such as workshop facilitation, selling, recruiting and business development. In his work, he is mainly focused on Swedish companies within renewable energy, IT and technology, set up to solve a real problem on an international market.||Jury Member|
|Tor Björn Minde, Head of research strategies at Ericsson Research. Tor Björn Minde has 25 years of experience in mobile multimedia & applications. He holds an adjunct professorship at Lulea University of Technology in signal processing. His main research interests are geo, sensor, context aware and machine learning technologies with application in m2m areas like industry, transport, smartcity, utility, media. Today he is driving the research strategy development at Ericsson Research. His twitter feed is http://www.twitter.com/torshammer||Jury Member|
|Erik Kruse,Strategic Marketing Manager & Networked Society Evangelist at Group Function Sales & Marketing, Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson. He is driving the Ericsson Networked Society vision and developing insights in the Networked Society Lab.
Working with Ericsson strategic marketing with focus on future opportunities, business models, future consumer behavior, transformation of networked industries, and future societal needs.
|Henrik Thomé, CEO Sonetel. Henrik Thomé is a serial entrepreneur within Telecom and Internet. Sonetel is his 7th venture and has attracted paying customers in 145 countries.||Keynote|
We are looking forward to a great day with future city innovation on the agenda!
More details about the prize ceremony on May 22nd will be posted soon!
After a month of rigorous evaluation, we have narrowed the competition to 4 finalist teams. These four finalist teams will now be invited to the Awards Ceremony at Ericsson Headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden on May 22nd.
Congratulations go out to the following finalist teams:
The third place prize goes to:
The third place teams will receive their prize in the coming weeks.
The heat is on - may the best team win!
Follow our live report from the Awards Ceremony on May 22, so be on the look out for more details!
Our network of end-users around the world has given their votes! The competition moves in to the final stages and three teams in each category have been singled out but not been ranked yet.
Our congratulations go out to the following nominee teams:
[click the links to watch the submission videos]
In the student category:
In the company category:
Next week we will announce the top 2 winners and third place teams for each category (company and student). The top 2 teams per category will be invited to the Awards Ceremony at Ericsson Headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden on May 22nd. At the event each team will pitch their app idea to a jury who will select the winners.
A big thank you to all of you who participated in this year’s competition. It’s been a great seeing so many exciting new ideas turned into innovative applications. We admire your creativity and drive to improve life in the networked society.
So what’s next? Don’t miss the broadcasting of the awards ceremony on May 22nd. Look out for details on the blog during May!
Final evaluation results are now coming in from 900 end-users representing 9 large cities globally from Shanghai in the East to New York in the West.
We will announce the top 3 teams in each category (company and student) on April, 30.
The top 2 teams in each category will be invited to the Awards Ceremony in Stockholm on May,22 to pitch their app ideas.
Thank you for your patience!
//The EAA Team
It has been a difficult task to select the semi-finalist teams among so many high quality contributions.
It’s fantastic to see so many innovative ideas turned into great applications related to this year’s theme “Apps For City Life”.
The nominees in the Student Category are :
TeamKenya (Kenya), The Town Criers (USA), Trokxi (Ghana) UrbanScript (USA), X-Team (China), Girlpower (Poland), GreenSpark (Portugal)
The nominees in the Company Category are :
Added Value Applications (UK) Nimdee Mobile (Ghana), Neemo (Brazil), TBoxApps (UK), Adonis (Romania)
Congratulations to the semi-finalist teams for all their hard work!
So what happens now?
The semi-finalist apps will be reviewed by approximately 900 users representing 9 large cities from different parts of the world such as New York, Johannesburg, Sydney, Shanghai.
When this second evaluation phase is concluded, 4 finalist-teams will be selected for the finals, 2 from each category (student and company).
After that, be ready for the Awards Ceremony which will be broadcast live from Stockholm in May!
More information to come later!
/The EAA Team