Telstra backs ACCAN’s Apps For All challenge

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Monday, 7 July 2014 10:59am

Australian app developers have been encouraged to enter the Apps For All challenge following the news that significant cash and career development prizes have been added to the inaugural competition.

Apps For All, a partnership between the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and the Australian Human Rights Commission, now offers the winners in all four categories a $1500 cash prize, thanks to Telstra’s signing on as sponsor of the competition.

Winners will also be promoted through Telstra’s social media, gaining them national recognition. In addition, the winning developers will have a one-off opportunity for a Telstra mini-incubator experience with their in-house app developers and technology specialists.

The competition seeks to recognise the work of local developers who create apps which are accessible to the almost one in five Australians who have a disability, older Australians, those with different education levels and those with English as a second language.

According to ACCAN’s Disability Policy Advisor, Wayne Hawkins, with just one week left before entries close, developers from across the country should not hesitate in submitting their accessible apps.

“The addition of prizes through Telstra’s support, along with the prestige of receiving an award from the Australian Human Rights Commission mean there is strong incentive for local developers to participate in Apps For All,” he said.

The competition, Hawkins said, would also raise awareness of Australian developers as world leaders in accessible mobile technology.

“In encouraging the creation of accessible apps, Apps For All will highlight the fact that a market of millions of potential customers exists—customers who were previously locked out of the app market because of a lack of accessibility.”

The four categories for nominations are:

  • Most accessible mainstream app
  • Most innovative app designed for people with disability or older Australians
  • Most accessible children's app
  • Most accessible gaming app

Entries to the competition close on 23 July 2014 and can be made by emailing nominations to The winning apps will be announced at the ACCAN National Conference in September 2014.

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