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BlackBerry Achievement Award recipients announced

By Bla1ze on 15 May 2013 03:23 pm EDT
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The votes have been cast and the results are now in. Held each year to recognize creative thinkers, entrepreneurs, exceptional businesses and developers who push limits, the BlackBerry Achievement Award recipients have been announced. This year, the awards were classified into five categories: App of the Year, Putting Customers First, Mobile Innovation of the Year, Making the World a Better Place, and Entrepreneur of the Year:

  • App of the Year Award - PriceCheck Pty Ltd -- PriceCheck Mobile for BlackBerry 10
  • Putting Customers First Winner: ING DIRECT Canada
  • Mobile Innovation of the Year Winner: DIRECTV
  • Making the World a Better Place Winner: e-Cycle LLC
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Winner: Nobex Technologies Inc

Congrats to all the winners and the finalists. If you're looking to learn more about the winners, finalists and their apps, you can read on down below for the full press release.

Press Release

BlackBerry Announces BlackBerry Achievement Award Recipients

ORLANDO, FLORIDA-- (May 15, 2013) - BlackBerry Live 2013 - BlackBerry® (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) announced today the recipients of this year's BlackBerry Achievement Awards at BlackBerry® Live™ 2013. The BlackBerry Achievement Awards are presented to organizations that are doing business in new and innovative ways with BlackBerry products and services. The awards were classified into five categories: App of the Year, Putting Customers First, Mobile Innovation of the Year, Making the World a Better Place, and Entrepreneur of the Year.

App of the Year Award
 
Winner: PriceCheck Pty Ltd -- PriceCheck Mobile for BlackBerry 10 takes shopping to a whole new level by using a BlackBerry 10 smartphone to do the legwork and price comparisons, so customers don't have to be near a computer or store. The app accesses pricing for more than 30 million products on sale through the Internet and online stores in South Africa. Built using HTML5 and JavaScript® source code, the app is wrapped with Cascades™ and uses some feature plug-ins.
 
Finalists:
  • Cooklet
  • Cine Hoyts

Putting Customers First Winner: ING DIRECT Canada -- ING DIRECT offers today's financially conscious customers a unique mobile banking experience on their BlackBerry 10 smartphones. As well as making it convenient and secure to conduct transactions, the app focuses on increasing savings with "Orange Alerts" that push notifications to the BlackBerry® Hub when balances reach pre-determined levels. Other features such as "Small Sacrifices" encourage positive decisions about saving and financial information by sharing info through Facebook®, Twitter®, BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) and YouTube®.

Finalists:

  • MMMOOO
  • LoyaltyMatch Inc.

Mobile Innovation of the Year Winner: DIRECTV -- As a large satellite TV provider in Latin America and the Caribbean, DIRECTV makes customer service for their five million customers a priority. Their app for BlackBerry smartphones will allow their 4,000 technicians to manage an entire service call and work order process from their phones, and supports Bluetooth® technology to validate and adjust satellite signal strength. The app is helping DIRECTV improve customer satisfaction, reduce paperwork and technical calls, as well as decrease return visits to customer homes.

Finalists:

  • Mippin (Refresh Mobile Ltd.)
  • WaytagO

Making the World a Better Place Winner: e-Cycle LLC -- e-Cycle LLC has a simple, but meaningful mandate: offer enterprises a way to retire millions of mobile devices responsibly, by protecting data security, preserving the environment, and generating buyback revenue. As a recipient of e-Stewards® certification, e-Cycle is on the frontline of ensuring that harmful, toxic chemicals from mobile devices are not sent to landfills but are instead recycled safely. Their buyback program reimburses costs for devices that can have more value in the market, which offsets the costs of a company upgrading to new devices.

Finalists:

  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB)
  • Sussex Police

Entrepreneur of the Year Winner: Nobex Technologies Inc -- Many BlackBerry enthusiasts are familiar with Nobex Technologies' innovative mobile app that allows people to listen radio stations on the go and share the experience and chat with friends through BBM. Nobex Radio for BlackBerry 10 continues its inventiveness with a newly designed app. It adds podcast functionality that allows people to search and subscribe to thousands of podcasts, with notifications sent to the BlackBerry Hub when new episodes are available.

Finalists:

  • EducationApps Limited
  • SkyPark Café

For more information on the BlackBerry Achievement Awards program, please visit http://www.blackberrylive.com/special-programs/achievement-awards/

15 comments

Ninsei Barrow

Nice 1 :)

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FLachance

Those kind of awards are always a good idea. I get to learn about apps that I might not know about.

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Wolf35Nine

Interesting that Directv won. Is the Playbook able to stream from the directv everywhere service? I've never gotten it to work. From a consumer standpoint, I didn't find their scheduler app very useful.

z10fido

Worst awards ever

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Rootbrian

What if you were winning them? I guess you just can't appreciate the hard work the people who made it possible did. Think of all those wo/man hours of coding and planning.

susu222

I like Nobex and use it all the time and appreciate their ongoing support for BB

Jedi_Blackberry

@wolf359

I was wondering the same thing! Sounds illogical to me, but hey I'm just a terran...what do I know.

Are you looking forward to the new movie?

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Wolf35Nine

Indeed! I need to pick up that SC expansion too. So little time these days.

Altus Zyl

Yeaaah for South Africa!!! :)

Blackberry for life!

Prince Radebe

Proudly South African

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Gatmyer

Going to have to check out price check

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PegBerry

I knew this app will have a sport EducationApps Limited, good for all the developers. Wow!!!!

pmich

wait i didn't win? I didn't innovate anything or launch an app. I really thought i was in the running though. ...shucks

SkinEgg

ING Direct Canada has been in the forefront of making real banking app for BlackBerry PlayBook and BB10. congratulations!

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XboxTimo

Great to see SA devs being recognised. Well done Pricecheck!

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