The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has today launched the 2015 Apps For All Challenge which aims to find Australia’s most accessible apps. After successfully launching last year, it’s hoped that this year’s competition will draw even more entries and awareness for apps that are accessible to all Australians.
The Apps For All Challenge is Australia’s first and only competition that awards accessible mobile apps. The challenge is sponsored by Telstra and will award apps in four categories (see below).
“Mobile apps have become part of our everyday lives as we move towards an increasingly mobile world,” said ACCAN CEO, Teresa Corbin. “It’s important that mobile apps be accessible for all Australians, including those with a disability and older Australians so that everyone can reap the benefits. Many mobile apps can help Australians with disability with everyday tasks so it’s important that they aren’t left behind.”
ACMA research showed that in the six months to May 2013, 68 per cent of Australians (8.9 million people) with an internet-enabled phone downloaded a mobile application. With smartphone penetration continuing to grow the number of apps being downloaded is likely to have increased.
“If apps aren’t accessible, then there are millions of Australians who may be missing out on the benefits,” added Ms. Corbin. “The Apps For All Challenge will award developers who have made their apps accessible and will also educate developers and encourage them to make their apps accessible to all Australians.”
The challenge will award apps in the following categories:
1. Most accessible mainstream app
2. Most innovative app designed for people with disability or older Australians
3. Most accessible children’s app
4. Most accessible game app
Anyone can nominate an accessible app. To nominate an app send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 02 9288 4000 / TTY 02 9281 5322. Entries close on 15 June 2015.
The winners will be awarded a cash prize from Telstra and promotion through Telstra social media channels.
“Unfortunately last year we weren’t able to give out an award in the accessible game app category. This year we’re hoping to give out awards in each category,” said Ms. Corbin.
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