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TED App - Idea Spreading Went Mobile 

Throughout human history, ideas inspired creative thinking and drove innovation. Idea hubs evolved from caves to amphitheaters, to libraries, and to modern-day coffee shops. In Digital Age, TED app, the APPY Award entrant makes ideas accessible to mobile users.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit whose mission is to “Spread Ideas”. Featuring thousands of inspiring talks by leading thinkers from around the world, TED's official app brings idea-sharing to a whole new level. It takes the entire TED Talk video library and tailors it to iPad/mobile users in an elegant way.

The TED App provides unique features for mobile device users to search, sort, download and view. One feature is the “Inspire Me” button, revealing an elegant watch face (thanks to supporting partner Rolex) to match the time you have with the type of TED Talk you want to view. The videos play in high or low resolution depending upon the connection. The content can also be transferred from mobile device to a home entertainment system via AirPlay or Chromecast.

The app is free and can be downloaded both on App Store and Google Play.


The ChemCrafter App - Chemistry Experiments Made Fun 

Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Mission Statement is, “To foster dialogue on science and technology in society.” The Foundation’s Appy Awards entry, ChemCrafter App, puts this mission statement into action by creating a virtual science lab, tapping into one’s curiosity about the how’s and why’s of chemical reactions.

ChemCrafter provides tutorials to guide you though experiments with water, acids, and salts. The user will witness surprising color changes, fire and smoke, the release of gases, and the shattering of equipment. The “Chem-o-Convertor” helps measure energy released, which racks up points to unlock new experiments, equipment, and chemicals. You also earn trophy-room badges as you become more sophisticated with your experimentation.

The look and feel of this app is collaboration between the Chemical Heritage Foundation and Emmy Award-winning digital agency Bluecadet. The app features retro-style custom illustrations, a la Dexter’s Laboratory, which itself paid homage to the 1950’s when chemistry sets were standard issue to young, curious minds.

The app was created for ages 12-15, but understandably appeals to anyone who thinks chemistry experiments are awesome. Excuse me while I go back to my lab to create a “Pharaoh’s Snake” out of mercury thiocyanate. 

ChemCrafter is free and available on iTunes.


Humanity - For the Explorer, Traveler, and Adventurer in You 

“Authentic” travellers look to expand their worldview by connecting with people and experiencing their culture, customs, and lifestyle. APPY Award entrant Humanity, created for the iPad, gives users an intimate and exhilarating look at destinations, peoples and cultures from around the world.  

Humanity is a bi-monthly interactive periodical whose goal is to inspire “authentic” travel. Each issue brings you closer to a destination through cultural immersion and profiles of individuals that contribute to that country’s uniqueness. 

This app is the brainchild of Kerrin Sheldon and Gaston Blanchet, two self-taught filmmakers and world travelers who are storytellers, not tourist guides. Each issue takes months to produce and all content is original, from stunning short documentaries to profiles of local people. The app takes full advantage of the iPad experience, featuring rich visual media, immersive soundscapes and interactive environments. Dozens of voices from artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs narrate the stories, giving each country a unique personality.

Whether you are preparing for a trip or are an armchair traveller, Humanity is an innovative form of visual storytelling meant to foster a respect for what makes us unique and what binds us together.

The app is free and available for both Apple and Android platforms.


Junganew: A Herd of Sounds "S" 

Last month, my 5-year old nephew greeted me with his “Merry Crithmath!” Oh, those lisping kids are cute, aren’t they? Lisping eventually loses its adorable quotient (Although I find Jim Carrey’s character from the Cable Guy eerily charming), and parents want their children to learn proper pronunciation sooner rather than later.  APPY Entrant, Junganew, has given parents a fun way to introduce proper elocution to their children.

Junganew is a series of mobile apps, both for Apple and Android platforms. Proper pronunciations are recorded by heart-meltingly-big-eyed characters like Miss Snake and Sal A. Mander. Each character takes a child on an exciting journey filled with sounds and guiding them through places like Ssseashore, Sssand Central Ssstation, or Colisssseum.

The app includes interactive mirror models, original music and games focusing on language development and other pragmatic and cognitive skills. The outstanding graphics, hand painted watercolors, add to the child’s user experience. This app is a fun and engaging tool for kids to explore the world of ssssoundssss.



Goings On About Town, The New Yorker's App 

New York’s cultural life never gets old. That is why the New Yorker magazine published since early 20th century still keeps its edge today serving a weekly dose of popular culture commentaries and literary reviews for modern-day dandies and coquettes of New York City.

The magazine is prominent for its editorial traditions, one of which is "Goings on About Town". For years, this feature has been offering a listing of cultural and entertainment events in New York. This rubric offers all the listings in an easy-to-use mobile app called Goings On, available for both Apple and Android mobile platforms for free. The app is a guide to New York City’s cultural life with searchable listings for theatre, art, films, nightlife, restaurants, classical music, and more. The event listings and recommendations can be saved to phone’s calendar and shared with friends via email and social media.

Additionally, The New Yorker’s writers and artists take users on audio tours, guiding them through their favorite places in the city. The New Yorker’s Goings On app blends much of its traditional appearance and feel with techie features, capturing New York City’s ever-changing cultural landscape that somehow stays the same.


Mark Your Calendars 

The Appy Awards Call For Entries Opens in September!

Mark your calendars, enjoy your summer and keep making great apps.

Congratulations Appy Winners!! 

The winners of the 2014 Appy Awards were named last night at the Crowne Plaza Times Square.

The APPY Awards, part of Internet Week New York, honor applications on all platforms and is dedicated to acknowledging creativity and excellence in app design.

The app earned Best In Show by using the very latest in technology and optimum engagement value to virtualize the most basic shopper behavior – the try-on.  The 3Dfit technology renders the user’s own face into a 3D model that can try on a myriad of eyeglass styles. Better still, the app allows for side-by-side comparisons of try-ons, even soliciting opinions from friends via social channels. 

The technology is dazzling in its accuracy and its engagement value. But the real magic of the app is how well it wraps the technology in a richer set of tools and services that virtualizes and even enhances the shopping for glasses ritual itself.

Ken Fadner, Chairman, MediaPost Publications, founded the Appy Awards to inspire and reward app developers: 
"Now in our fourth year, we continue to be amazed by the growth of the app development industry and the creativity and innovation that raises the bar each year. We are excited about this year’s winners and hope that the list will surface many new apps for people to enjoy."

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Meet our Jury! 

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Your LAST CHANCE for Fame & Glory 

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