A little over two months ago, we challenged innovators across the nation to show us their game-changing mobile apps and services when we launched our national mobile innovation competition, The Mobileys. The goal was to spotlight and support early-stage wireless innovations designed to make the world a better place. We were blown away by the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation in the entries we received and had a tough time narrowing the field down to just ten finalists.
While our panel of esteemed judges will determine the first, second, and third place winners, Ten dynamic start-ups now vie for the title of the People's Choice, an award given to the finalist who garners the most votes at The Mobileys website.
Voting is open now, and these mobile innovations stand to earn $2,500 on top of the three podium prizes, awarded by Mobile Future's panel of judges, which come with checks of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500.
The Mobileys finalists include:
• BOLD Guidance, Cleveland, OH -a Mobile Counselor that helps students navigate the college application process.
• G-Labs Vision Therapy App, Boulder, CO - a library of vision therapy exercises designed to be used either in Optometrist clinics or at home on the iPad through a customized vision therapy routine.
• HeadsUP!, Washington, DC - a revolutionary new windshield transparent LED display that integrates with your smartphone and allows texts, calls, navigation and social media notifications to appear on the windshield without obstructing the user's view.
• INRFOOD, Raleigh, NC - a personalized nutrition platform that upon scanning of the bar code of over 300,000-plus products instantly analyzes the nutrition facts & ingredients.
• Launch Trainer App, New York, NY - educates millennial entrepreneurs on launching technology companies.
• Learn with Homer, Brooklyn, NY - the first comprehensive children's reading app built by literacy experts for the iPad, offers a complete Pre-K and K reading curriculum.
• Lineapple, Brooklyn, NY - a mobile application that turns a smartphone into a mobile buzzer with wait intelligence and also allows users to search for lines, line up, and be notified without having to stand in traditional long lines.
• Page-Out, Wichita, KS - allows emergency responders the ability to page-out when not available from their smartphones, which allows department leaders to ascertain their needs immediately when a call comes out.
• Vheda Health, Baltimore, MD & Spartanburg, SC - the first mobile-centric platform for chronic disease care and prevention.
• Wearably, Washington, DC - a software as service that enables publishers and media companies to send their content to wearable mobile devices
Voting for the People's Choice is open now and closes on December 6, 2013. The final results will be announced December 11, 2013.
Of applications from the wide world of innovation bustling in tech corridors across America, ten compelling products have emerged with the potential to affect positive change. We're so excited to see how the voting turns out, how the judging panel rules, and what we can learn from these business leaders using the growth of mobile technology to solve problems, big or small.
How would you use these innovations to change your life? Would these apps make it to a coveted spot on your smartphone's home screen, your tablet's launch bar? Check out the finalists and cast your vote to help shine a brighter light on our mobile future.
Mobile Future Chair Jonathan Spalter, a technology executive and former senior federal government national security official, leads a coalition of technology companies/stakeholders dedicated to increasing investment and innovation in the burgeoning U.S. wireless sector.
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