From the 3rd to the 5th of February, the international mobile community will descend on Abu Dhabi for the 2013 WSA-mobile Global Congress, a global summit to showcase innovation, advances and trends in mobile content.
The event agenda is filled with presentations, discussions and opportunities for networking. One highlight will be the WSA-mobile Global Champion contest, in which 40 apps will compete. Hailing from all around the world, the apps have been selected by WSA-mobile and divided into eight contest categories according to area of impact and theme.
Of the finalists, four Latin American apps are still in the running:
Keapo – m-Business & Commerce – Paraguay
The Keapo app helps users buy and sell online. All one has to do is snap a photo of the item for sale, write a short description (under 140 characters) and set a price. Not only will the product appear on the Keapo platform, but also will also be marketed on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
MyFunCity – m-Government & Participation – Brazil
MyFunCity invites citizens to make a real impact on their areas with specific, location-based feedback. Users can contribute to up to 13 areas of evaluation, including transportation, education, health, noise, safety and traffic, by answering an average six questions per subject each time they check in to a specific locale. The result? Local maps tracking citizens’ levels of satisfaction and approval.
Blanco y Negro – m-Inclusion & Empowerment – Ecuador
Available in both English and Spanish, the Blanco y Negro app has been designed for the inclusion of the visually impaired. Through a speech synthesizer and set of functions called Gesture, Blanco y Negro helps users to utilize smartphones, completing actions such as making phone calls, sending text messages and managing information.
Hand Talk – m-Inclusion & Empowerment – Brazil
Hand Talk has been created for the hearing impaired. The mobile app translates data into Brazilian sign language, officially known as Libras. Hand Talk works with both voice and text, and its API can be used across numerous operating systems and platforms, meaning it has the potential to unlock a wide range of content from various sources.
Public Invited to Vote Now
These four apps will compete at the WSA-mobile Global Congress in Abu Dhabi next month. A panel of judges will evaluate the finalists and choose a winner for each of the eight contest categories. With 40 apps still in the running, the competition is fierce. Will these Latin American apps have what it takes to come out on top? We’ll have to wait and see.
In the meantime, you can check out and vote on your favorite WSA-mobile apps here.