Three mobile apps from Middle East were selected as the winners in the 2012 World Summit Award for mobile content (WSA -mobile) to be held in Abu Dhabi next month. The three mobile apps developed were for mobile learning, business and entertainment.
On a biannual basis, the contest selects 40 of the most outstanding and useful apps from all over the world. This year’s winners come from 28 countries on 5 continents and demonstrate the richness of the world’s mobile content: “Our goal is to find and promote mobile content that really makes a difference for people around the globe. The awarded apps prove that there is a lot going on outside Europe and the USA. “If we want to make use of mobile technology’s full potential, these trends must not be ignored,” WSA-mobile chairman Peter A. Bruck stated.
The three mobile apps were as follows: -
|Jordan’s teaches children math skills in an entertaining way. The game is a wildly entertaining adventure, utilizing dynamic battling controls that turn arithmetic into sheer action. Players simply tap approaching monsters to fight them.
|Lebanon's creates a novel way to take panoramic images. The simple and elegant user interface is composed of two complementary shapes that join each other as the user rotates the device.
|Ithmaar Bank from Bahrain has developed a new app called MobiCash that allows customers to withdraw cash from the bank’s ATMs without a card. Similar service has been introduced in UAE by NBAD previously.
Arab developers are fast gaining momentum in the mobile apps world. “The contest results demonstrate that Arab countries have become a global hub for mobile innovation”, WSA Chairman Peter A. Bruck states.
Organised by the International Center for New Media (ICNM) in Salzburg, the World Summit Award Mobile is a global initiative within the framework of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The award takes place on a biannual basis in collaboration with UNESCO, UNIDO and UN GAID. Its key partner Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Center (ADSIC) hosts the global WSA-mobile Winners’ Events in Abu Dhabi