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The 'Move Your App' Challenge Finalists: 10 Android Apps To Get You Moving

First Posted: 05/26/10 11:05 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:35 PM ET

Jamie Oliver's 2010 TED Prize wish was for people to get behind a movement to combat obesity. "My wish is for you to help a strong sustainable movement to educate every child about food, to inspire families to cook again, and to empower people everywhere to fight obesity," he said.

Partially as an effort to realize Oliver's wish, Snaptic, in partnership with HopeLab and TED, launched the Move Your App competition, which challenged developers to create an Android app that would "inspire and track physical movement."

A total of 246 developers from twelve countries and three continents registered for the Move Your App challenge. The Huffington Post is pleased to unveil the ten finalists.

These apps, created by developers from places as diverse as Cambodia and Turkey, LA and Seattle, enable people to use their Android phones to get fit.

The ten apps range from an augmented reality game featuring interactive alien enemies, to an experimental drawing app that lets you create art as you walk. Some of the apps use the phone's GPS and accelerometer to track your activity. Others take advantage of geolocation to make sports more social.

A panel of judges will rate the apps according to three factors: 1) Does the app get people moving? 2) Is the app appealing? 3) Does the app have "tech cred?" The winner gets an all expense paid trip to TED Global 2010.

Check out the ten apps below, and vote for your favorite.

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WalkSquare resembles Foursquare, but instead of logging the restaurants, bars, and other establishments you frequent, it logs where you've walked (and how much), so users can share (and show off) their activity with others. The developer, Soe, from Cambodia, explains that the WalkSquare pedometer not only offers a range of workout features (i.e. calorie counter, voice-based trainer), but also includes a social element that could get users "bragging about healthy walks, [...] socializing with like-minded walkaholics, and [...] getting badges to be proud of."
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