As the own website of the contest Calling All Innovators states, what they are looking for are applications for mobiles, ideas that have the potential of changing the future. Maybe this sounds a little bit pretentious, but it is true, as it is said at Baquia; they may help us to improve the quality of our lives, because communications, although not being a basic need of mankind, is occupying an ever increasing space on public and private life.
Almost 1.000 developer from 57 countries have participated in this contest, sponsored by Nokia (or, more precisely, by the Nokia Forum). (Developers of applications for mobile phones are the largest community in the world). The do compete for some of the prizes in cash, the total amount of which is 150.000 US $.
On the website of Calling All Innovators (in English) or Baquia (in Spanish), you may find information on the eleven finalists and winners of these awards, and the nature of their applications, which are divided into three categories:
The ecological challenge under the slogan “Make a Difference”; in this category, they look for sustainability, regarding the own mobile devices (energy saving of the batteries, for instance) as well as applications with ecological advantages of any kind; in the case of the winner, the GreenDrive from Israel, we are talking about an application helping to reduce fuel consumption.
The challenge for emerging countries under the slogan “IMAGINE the Possibilities” looks for applications that are capable of improve quality of life of the citizens in these countries. In this category, all the winners are applications developed in an emerging country; the inhabitants of these countries probably know best what their needs are. Winning applications are related to agriculture, like the first prize, awarded to Nano Ganesh, or with the validation of drugs and medicines.
Last, but not least, the category technological showcase, under the slogan “Developer Showdown” has awarded applications improving the performance of mobile phones.
At ideas4all, we have some good ideas directed to mobile phone companies, among them, Nokia: