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* App developed in UK to help disabled communicate wins first prize incompany category
* Household-solar-system-monitoring app developed in Portugal wins firstprize in student category
* 1,000 voters, 192 teams from 52 countries
Today, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) announced the winners of the 2013 EricssonApplication Awards at a ceremony at the Ericsson Studio in Kista, Sweden.
The winner of the student category was Portugal's GreenSpark, which offeredasolution based on energy efficiency with truly global reach. The UK'sTboxAppswas the winner in the company category; the team's user-friendly solutionsolvesa major problem.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the competition has been held.Thisyear's theme was Apps for City Life; it was about creating ways to connectpeople, things and places to empower individuals and society. Students andsmall- and medium-sized enterprises from anywhere in the world had beeninvitedto submit Android apps.
In all, 192 teams (more than last year's 143) from 52 countries took part.
Four finalist teams from the UK, Poland and Portugal showcased their appsbeforean expert jury that declared a winner in each of two categories: one forstudents and one for companies.
This year, the participating teams were vying for a total of EUR 80,000 inprizemoney: EUR 25,000 for each first prize; EUR 10,000 for each second; and EUR5,000 for each third.
Winning company-category entry, Predictable from the UK's TboxApps, uses amouseemulator to enable contactless use of the Android platform, giving peoplewithdisabilities a voice. The app will learn based on the user's use pattern,anddraw from a phrase bank to give the user instant access to messages so theycanquickly get help, interrupt a conversation or join in a discussion.
The jury's justification for picking TboxApps was that the team had createdanapp that enables anyone to control a computer or tablet with even just theslightest movement of the head, opening up the world to users who wouldotherwise not interact digitally in the way most of us take for granted.
Team member Rebecca Bright from TboxApps says: "Winning this award is afantastic honor, and we appreciate the recognition. This will drive us tocontinue to innovate in this important area."
Winning student-category entry, GreenSpark - from the Portuguese team ofthesame name - reduces the complexity of maintaining and monitoring ahouseholdsolar-power system through a plug-and-play device using cloud-computingtechnology.
The jury's justification for picking GreenSpark was that the team hasfocused onthe performance of solar cells at a time when energy consumption and energyefficiency is increasingly in focus, and has produced an app with obviousbenefits to users and all stakeholders in the energy business.
Team member Poan Shen from GreenSpark says: "We are very happy to have beenselected among the finalists. It has been a pleasure and an honor."
Event host and Ericsson CMO Arun Bhikshesvaran says: "The EricssonApplicationAwards are a great way for us to engage with global talent, encourage, spotandreward innovation. The competition stimulates the ecosystem and is a wayfor usto explore new and creative ideas that can bring the Networked Society tolife."
The judging of all entries started in March when 1,000 users from eightmajorcities as diverse as Sydney, Johannesburg and New York took part in appevaluations.
NOTES TO EDITORS
GreenSpark team: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh8x354Xyyw
TboxApps team: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLW-Xl0vtHU
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Ericsson is a world-leading provider of communications technology andservices.We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutionsthatallow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainablesocieties around the world.
Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure withinInformationand Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries.Today40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks andwesupport customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscriptions.
We are more than 110,000 people working with customers in more than 180countries. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.In2012 the company's net sales were SEK 227.8 billion (USD 33.8 billion).Ericssonis listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.
Winners in Ericsson Application Awards 2013:http://hugin.info/1061/R/1703801/563221.pdf
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