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Segunda-Feira, 14 de Julho de 2014

Vodafone and Lisbon City Council announce winning projects in Vodafone Big Apps Lisbon

Vodafone and Lisbon City Council today announced the winners of Vodafone BIG Apps Lisbon 2014 -–a competition aimed at the Portuguese community of developers and start- ups launched by Vodafone Portugal to find and reward the best apps for smartphones designed to improve the lives of those who choose the city as a tourist destination or who live or work there.

The overall winner was the project “Through my eyes” – an app that organises travel in a simple way via a collaborative platform where users can find, create and share itineraries. Anyone can build their own itinerary and control important information such as: budget, time, distance or mobility. Apart from these features, it offers the opportunity to book the flight and hotel and synchronise the trip with their smartphone, ready to begin the adventure. Once on the trip, users can post comments, look for the best deals locally and share the whole experience with their friends.

In the Tourism category, the winner was Crash & Play, a peer-to-peer application that connects local musicians with musicians who wish to play music while travelling abroad but who have not brought their own musical instruments with them. With the Crash & Play app any musician can rent an instrument or find local musicians in the destination concerned.

The winner in the City Apps category was Near By, an advertising content platform which provides value-added offers in an appropriate form and place based on iBeacon technology for user localisation and messaging.

The winning teams are each awarded 10,000 euros. The overall winner also receives a week’s trip to London, a year-long incubation programme at Vodafone Power Lab, and various training courses and mentoring by experts in various commercial and technical areas. A ‘made-to-measure’ marketing plan will also be created for them to promote the app after its market launch in various ‘below-the-line’ Vodafone channels.

The other winners will receive free access to cloud data housing services.

This initiative stems from the wish of Vodafone Portugal and Lisbon City Council to foster and accelerate innovation in Portugal by encouraging entrepreneurship. Vodafone Portugal in particular has sought to stimulate creativity in the mobile internet field through various initiatives of this kind, such as Vodafone Labs Lisbon, through which it has created opportunities for Portuguese start-ups to project themselves nationally and internationally, so contributing to the growth and internationalisation of the technological areas of the Portuguese economy.

All projects participating in this initiative will also receive support and follow-up by Vodafone Portugal and its partners with a view to possible inclusion in the operator’s business network.