2018 APPY Awards

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2016 Appy Awards Finalist in the Productivity and Utilities Category

Developer: SoundHound, Inc.
Google Play

Hound is a voice-activated digital assistant. Its goal is to replace the “touch and tap” interface on which most mobile users currently rely as well as besting the competition when it comes to ease of use, speed, wealth of information and accuracy.

Hound combines speech recognition and language understanding. You speak naturally with no need to learn special keyword phrases.  It understands both context and details. You can follow up to refine your results, or you can say precisely what you want all at once.

The app’s strengths include navigation, local search, and weather tracking, but it can help you find just about anything.


No Background In Coding? No Problem! 


Developer: QuickBase

Available at Website

QuickBase is the only low-code rapid application development platform that empowers non-technical business employees to create apps to solve problems close at hand.

This platform is used by small, medium and large enterprises, and enables both experienced and novice developers to work together and quickly deploy and continuously deliver critical applications to improve business efficiency and effectively manage data with no code.

The difference between QuickBase and other application development platforms is its focus on citizen developers: tech-savvy employees in the line of business without any traditional coding skills.  QuickBase believes this is critical to business efficiency as organizations are looking for ways to distribute development capabilities across a broader swath of their workforce, empowering business users closest to the issues at hand. This also frees up IT to act as a strategic resource focused on security, permissions etc. rather than bogging it down in app development backlog.

QuickBase also offers App Exchange, giving users and teams access to over 800 pre-fabricated app templates, along with the ability to upload their own.

The most popular apps, downloaded over 15,000 times, serve businesses in a wide array of industries, including but not limited to business services, retail, manufacturing, finance and insurance, healthcare, technology, government and construction.



Developer: Rovio Entertainment
Google Play

ToonsTV, Rovio’s in-game mobile video channel with more than 5.6 billion views, launched as an Android / iOS app in October 2015 with more than 30 channels of free, on-demand, video entertainment for the whole family.

Since its debut, ToonsTV has earned over 3 million downloads and averages 21 million views every month, earning it the #1 spot on Google Play’s list of Music & Video Apps for families.

Angry Birds Toons, Rovio’s original scripted animated series, is the crown jewel of the app which also includes Piggy Tales, Stella, and syndicated shows like Wallace and Gromit & Shaun the Sheep from Aardman Animation, Om Nom Stories, Qumi-Qumi and National Geographic’s Zooville.  Those who have the app can view new episodes of Angry Birds Toons, Stella and Piggy Tales two days before anyone else.

This app also offers video advertising, which Rovio says achieves high completion rates, offering marketers the opportunity to showcase branded video, clips and exclusives within the app as featured content on the home screen, or as a branded channel.


Be A Go-Getter...Sleep More! 

Good Mornings
Developer: Apalon

There have been many discussions lately, most notably through HuffPo’s Sleep + Wellness site, about sleep quality and its link to safety and productivity.  Good Mornings'  mission is to give its users the tools to find their personal, optimal sleep patterns and the best way to wake up and greet the day.

The secret to waking up rested and feeling more energetic and alert is to wake up during a period of lightest sleep.  Good Mornings’ smart alarm clock tracks your sleep patterns to find the optimal time to wake you. It creates a 30-minute window before your pre-set wake up time to find you in your lightest sleep phase and activates the alarm at that time. The alarm can be a pleasant tune or your favorite music.

The app detects your sleep phases by using the iPhone’s accelerometer to monitor your movements. Beyond merely waking you up, it sends you a nightly record of your sleep phases with advice on how to improve the quality of your sleep.  The app will also alert you when you suffer from “Sleep Debt”.  

Your personal sleep history and patterns soon become clear, allowing you to be more proactive in improving the way your body naturally recharges itself.



Lufthansa Apple Watch App

Developer: SapientNitro in Germany




The goal for the Lufthansa’s Apple Watch app is to create a best practice for the airline industry. Not just a simple boarding pass (which they invented), but an app that becomes the industry standard.

Lufthansa sought to put all aspects of one’s travel within reach to give passengers a stress-free experience through all stages of their journey.  They identified the Apple watch as a seamless, hands-free way to communicate with the flight monitor to provide highly contextual, real time data.

SapientNitro Germany worked with Lufthansa to create this Apple Watch app, making the viewing of all aspects of one’s flight as easy as glancing at your wrist.

The Lufthansa Apple Watch app assists the passenger throughout the different stages of their journey. Whether before traveling, at the airport, in-flight or at the destination, the app always displays up-to-date information based on the current state of the flight.

The app reminds passengers of all aspects of their flight the day prior to their departure and provides continuous updates.  Its countdown feature enables passengers to manage their time to make their flight.

The app was featured in Apple Watch’s launch in Germany.

Since it’s launch in March 2015 the Lufthansa Apple Watch app has been downloaded more than 1,900,000 times.



Shipping 2.0 


Developer: Zaldee, Inc.


Google Play



The sharing economy has disrupted many a traditional business model. Zaldee® is the sharing economy’s attempt to break into the multi-billion dollar shipping/courier businesses.

Zaldee® is a ship-on-demand app that matches one’s need to send a package with a traveler’s final destination. As a traveler, you get to monetize this extra baggage. As someone who urgently needs to send a package, sending your package via a traveler can be significantly cheaper than going through shipping companies. Beyond the price differentials, Zaldee can also give you a shipping option when your needs do not correspond with a shipping company’s hours of operation.

As is typical with a sharing economy business model, the onus of vetting is upon those involved in the transaction.  Given today’s focus on security, there is some serious vetting that has to be done when accepting to deliver a package. Zaldee has anticipated this and has many features and mandates that help both sides of the transaction feel secure.

Both traveler and sender have to fill out a personal profile: name, photo, phone, email, and social media accounts. As with Airbnb, both traveler and sender will amass rankings and reviews.  Another layer of safety is the need for the sender and traveler to meet in a public place and that the item being carried cannot be wrapped, allowing the traveler to know what he/she will be carrying.

The process: travelers and senders are connected based upon proximity, delivery timetable, specific info on the package’s recipient, the traveler’s itinerary and user reviews/rankings. The package, inspected and approved by the traveler is delivered to the recipient. The traveler gets paid.

Communication throughout the transaction is facilitated by the app’s chat feature.  While Zaldee provides suggested shipping prices, it is left to the traveler/ sender to set and agree on a price and when payment will be made. These are currently cash-only transactions, or PayPal if both sides have accounts.

To date, there have been 100,000+ downloads of Zaldee, and a 4.5 user rating on iTunes.



Healthcare Always Within Reach 

Developer: The Sharecare Team
Google Play

The award-winning AskMD app is more than just a symptom checker.  AskMD provides you with information that’s actually relevant to you by guiding you through a personalized questionnaire that takes into account all your symptoms and other factors, like medications and known conditions, and matching your answers against the latest clinical research.  You can discover what's possibly causing your symptoms, enabling you to have a better doctor's visit.

AskMD’s newest version is optimized for iOS9, with immediate access to AskMD consultations when you enter a symptom in Search.  

Other features include the ability to identify emergency situations and get directions to the closest ER, cataloging health information one might need on a daily basis, contact details for all doctors and specialists, finding a physician or specialist qualified to treat symptoms or condition by area map or list, filtered by insurance, specialty and distance. You can also organize multiple health profiles in the app for family/friends.  These  and other features organize information about symptoms quickly and easily, including a summary of results and relevant details, which can be easily accessed, printed or shared privately from the app.


Put Some Pizazz In Your Presentation 


Developer: PopBoardz LLC



Price: Free

You are in a meeting, frantically looking for a particular slide in a deck to respond to a question or to prove a point. Your audience’s attention begins to wander...
It was this kind of situation that gave birth to PopBoardz, a presentation and project collaboration app. The platform allows you to put PDFs, images, videos, websites (from Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud or your Camera Roll) into 16 tiles for instant access during any conversation about or presentation of ideas.  

Customize your research or make non-linear presentations that allow you to present the perfect example the moment it is needed. Think of it as a complement to your PowerPoint presentations, (i.e. place your favorite presentation in the first tile and all of your research that didn’t make it into that presentation in all of the remaining tiles). When the unexpected but anticipated question comes you can say, “I have that right here.”  It is a dynamic form of presentation that may either compliment or compete with PowerPoint.

Creative people use it daily to gather and organize their project research. Sales people have used PopBoardz to create client specific “boardz”. Teachers have also embraced this app as it allows them to “illustrate” their lesson plans to increase student engagement.


Out Of The Mouth Of Babes 

App: Little Hoots
Developer: Sherpa Innovation
Marketing Partner: Bernstein Rein Advertising
Price: Free

What parent would not want to save for posterity the most memorable moments with their child? 

This is especially true of the “little hoots” they utter. These bon mots are unexpected, for the most part funny, and represent a child’s special, fleeting take on the world.

Little Hoots is an app that helps you capture, art direct, share and relish these moments.

The Little Hoot platform lets you enter the quote or conversation. These entries are archived so you can go back to them and add design elements (design packs are available for purchase through iTunes). They can be shared via social media and turned into various keepsakes such as books, coffee mugs, and t-shirts (available at various price points, in the Little Hoots store).

Currently, the data has to be entered manually, but you can use the voice dictation feature on your keyboard. Little Hoots is now working on a 2.0 version which will add an easier and quicker voice dictation feature.



"What's It Like Outside?" Now, You Will Always Know 

My Weather Concierge®

Developer: ROTN Co., LLP


Google Play

Price: App is Free with content upgrade fees

Why rely on basic weather icons when you could select a local meteorologist to provide you with in-depth up–to–the-minute forecasts?

My Weather Concierge® is the next-generation weather app that gives you access to relevant and relatable weather forecasts from local weather forecasters.

There are currently 48 markets where My Weather Concierge® has partnered with forecasters. These forecasters are some of the country’s top meteorologists.  For example, in the New York Area, you could have Joe Cioffi as your Weather Concierge. Joe is an Emmy award-winning meteorologist who has spent the last 30 years forecasting for the New York metropolitan area. He currently can be seen on WPIX -TV (New York’s Channel 11) and on Verizon FIOS 1 News for Long Island, New Jersey and the Hudson Valley. Joe has also worked on-air at WNBC-TV and News 12 Long Island.

The app itself is free.  The free content allows users to read an excerpt of any forecaster's report.

If a consumer finds a forecaster they like, they can subscribe to that forecaster for $0.99 per month.  The user then gets regularly updated forecasts (including long range forecast), alerts when a forecast is updated, or new forecast is available.

There is also the opportunity to 'chat' with the forecaster, via a subscriber messaging thread embedded in the forecast screen.

If a consumer would like a custom forecast from their forecaster, there is a one-time charge of $3.99 per custom forecast.  This is a direct in-app dialog (but not a live chat) with the forecaster to answer any consumer question that can be affected by the weather.  Most custom forecast requests are related to travel (flight delays, driving conditions), or attending/hosting an event (Will I need a tent? How should I dress for the weather?).