National Mobile Innovation Competition Awards $20,000 in Cash Prizes
Today, Mobile Future announced the winners of The Mobileys, an annual mobile innovation competition. In its fourth year, The Mobileys challenges entrepreneurs to submit game-changing mobile apps, products, and services that create lasting social benefit. This year’s talented applicant pool included inspiring 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 share their innovations. The entries were evaluated by an experienced judging panel of individuals from the worlds of tech, mobile, venture capital, journalism, healthcare and entertainment.
The winners of The Mobileys 2016 competition are:
- First Place: DugalDiabetes – Bozeman, MT
- Second Place: GoKid – New York, NY
- Third Place: SmackCap – Albuquerque, NM
- The “People’s Choice Award”: PhoneFlare – Kalamazoo, MI
This year’s Grand Prize winner is DugalDiabetes, a mobile app developed in Bozeman, MT that utilizes machine learning and individualized real-time feedback to make insulin dosing for meals easier, faster, and more accurate, significantly improving blood glucose control and quality of life. DugalDiabetes receives $10,000 in prize money to continue developing the app to help the estimated 1.5 million Americans living with type 1 diabetes.
“Winning a Mobileys award is fantastic,” said Michael Fox, CEO of DugalDiabetes. “As a person living with type 1 diabetes, this win is very personal. It acknowledges our efforts to date, encourages future innovation and productivity, and would will help complete development and move the app closer to a successful market launch.”
Taking second place and $5,000 is New York-based GoKid, a mobile carpool solution for schools and parents to easily set up carpools within their trusted network. Winning third place and $2,500 is SmackCap, a hit-detecting skullcap developed in Albuquerque, NM that transmits data in real time to a mobile app showing where, how hard, and how many times a football player was hit over the course of a game, season, or career.
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 PhoneFlare, a mobile app developed by a Kalamazoo, MI native that texts friends and family a student’s GPS location when in danger and calls the school’s safety dispatch if on campus.
“I am truly inspired by the revolutionary ways this year’s winners are using mobile technology to make our world a better place: from helping people with diabetes improve their quality of life, to making it easier for families to manage their hectic schedules, to giving athletes peace of mind every time they hit the field,” said Jonathan Spalter, Mobile Future chair and Mobileys judge. “These bold innovators exemplify the endless possibilities of wireless technology and our bright mobile future.”