National Mobile Innovation Competition Awards $20,000 in Cash Prizes
(Washington, DC) – Today, Mobile Future announced the winners of its annual mobile innovation competition, the Mobileys. In its third year, the Mobileys recognizes early-stage wireless apps, services and products with the potential to make the world a better place. This year’s talented applicant pool included game-changing mobile innovations developed by entrepreneurs and innovators from across the country who entered for the chance to win cash prizes from a $20,000 prize pool, and a trip to Washington DC to introduce their innovations to policymakers.
Each entry was evaluated by a blue-ribbon judging panel of individuals from the worlds of tech, mobile, venture capital, journalism, healthcare, government and entertainment.
The winners of the Mobileys 2015 competition are:
- First Place: CureSearch CancerCare – Bethesda, MD
- Second Place: SPROKIT – San Francisco, CA
- Third Place: Pro: Up – Detroit, MI
- The “People’s Choice Award”: FoodShare – St. Louis, MO
This year’s Grand Prize winner is CureSearch CancerCare, a mobile app developed in Bethesda, MD that helps caregivers and parents cope with the complex and unfamiliar details of cancer treatment including doses, medications, blood counts, and scheduling. CureSearch CancerCare receives $10,000 in prize money to continue developing the app so that no child or family faces a cancer diagnosis alone.
“The Mobileys competition has not only given us critical financial support for future development of the CureSearch CancerCare app, but it has also raised cause awareness and expanded our network of technical advisors,” said Christine Bork. “Winning the Mobileys Grand Prize is like getting the ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’ for mobile apps.”
Taking second place and $5,000 is San Francisco-based SPROKIT, an app that reduces recidivism by better connecting the formerly incarcerated with their parole agents and probation officers. Winning third place and $2,500 is Pro:Up, a mobile app developed by high school counselors in Detroit that matches students to educational and career development opportunities like classes, summer programs, internships, and jobs.
The Mobileys also awards a People’s Choice prize of $2,500, which goes to the finalist who receives the most online votes from the public. The votes are in and the People’s Choice award goes to FoodShare, a mobile app based in St. Louis, MO that transforms restaurants into social enterprises and allows users to fight hunger each time they eat out.
“It was amazing to see how brilliantly and boldly this year’s winners are putting mobile technology to use to help solve some of our biggest challenges: from caring for kids with cancer, to helping students connect with career opportunities, to reducing recidivism in our prisons to fighting hunger,” said Mobile Future Chair and Mobileys judge Jonathan Spalter. “These inspiring innovators represent what is possible when we combine ingenuity, hard work, and mobile connectivity to change the world for the better.”