Three start-ups at the forefront of mobile internet service innovation have emerged triumphant in the Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2011 competition, established to help identify and support the next generation of leaders in the global application development community.
In first place in the Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2011 competition is FrogTek (Spain), which received today a €150,000 prize. FrogTek is a simple and intuitive point-of-sale inventory management application with the potential to transform how shopkeepers in the developing world manage their businesses. The application uses basic Android smartphone and barcode reader functionality to enable retailers to access sophisticated stock control and analysis systems, in turn maximising profitability and helping support business growth.
The winner of the €50,000 prize runner-up prize is ParcelGenie (UK), the world’s first ‘Instant Gift Messaging’ service. ParcelGenie makes giving gifts such as chocolates, wine or novelty badges to friends and family as simple and spontaneous as sending a text message to the recipient. It takes only seconds for givers to choose gifts and for recipients to be notified of their gift. The gift is then delivered the next day. ParcelGenie is the only service of its kind globally and is based on a highly scalable technology platform.
Wunderlist (Germany) has won the €25,000 prize runner-up prize. Wunderlist is the first cross-platform task and list management application to support over-the-air synchronisation across multiple devices together with free and unlimited collaboration and data sharing between multiple users.
Number of entries for Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2011
There were nearly 200 entries in the Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2011 competition. Each applicant was required to take a complex IT or internet process and simplify it for mobile.
"The mobile internet is transforming people’s lives, and we at Vodafone are committed to stimulating both the innovation and the investment needed to keep bringing new and compelling content to our customers," said Lee Epting, director of Content Services at Vodafone Group.
The Vodafone Mobile Clicks competition is open to any start-up with a mobile site, service or application across Spain, Turkey, Germany, Portugal, the UK, the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland.
Ireland’s entry into this year’s competition was HeyStaks, a company that has created a disruptive mobile social search technology. HeyStaks made it into the top 7 out of 35 international entries for the Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2011 competition.
HeyStaks, which has offices in NovaUCD and San Francisco, allows you to collaborate anonymously with friends and people of like-minded interest as you search, to get better, more relevant results recommended by people you trust around topics that matter to you. It works with your favourite search engine so you continue searching as normal.