UniversalDoctor Wins UN World Summit Award (WSA-mobile) for Mobile Health

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An international jury of 60 experts from nearly 50 countries has selected UniversalDoctor Speaker out of nearly 500 initiatives as a global winner of the UN WSA-mobile 2014 Award.

Amid the world’s best mobile application developers, UniversalDoctor will be honoured with the global UN-based World Summit Award mobile (WSA mobile) at the World Summit Global Congress in Abu Dhabi, 1-3 February, 2015. UniversalDoctor Speaker was selected by the global Jury out of 480 submissions from over 100 countries.

UniversalDoctor will receive their Award in the mEnvironment & mHealth category in front of UN representatives, ICT ministries and the private sector.

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This event is within the United Nations framework of the World Summit for the Information Society and WSA (World Summit Award) is a flagship initiative.

World Summit Award was launched as part of the United Nations Summit on the Information Society in 2003  and is the unique global competition for recognizing the best in m-Content and Creativity. WSA is implementing the mandate of the UN WSIS Tunis Action Plan towards 2015.

“To drive meaningful and relevant innovation in mobile technology, you have to connect smart minds. With the WSA mobile we dive into the status quo of mobile content and showcase the momentum of development all over the world. This year’s winners are an excellent selection of the most important factor of development – matching local solutions to local needs. Abu Dhabi will be the special stage to highlight the swing of state-of-the-art mobile content serving to develop local communities, national social strategies and meaningful use of mobile technologies”, says WSA Chairman Peter A. Bruck.

The WSA-mobile winners were selected by a Jury of international ICT experts in two democratic rounds. Each UN Member State is eligible to nominate one product per category for the World Summit Award. This way any nomination results from a national pre-selection prior to the international WSA Jury.

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Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC), the WSA mobile Gobal Congress will deliver a best practice exhibition of the top digital m-Content projects worldwide. From 1-3 February 2015, Abu Dhabi will turn into “a global panopticum of smart minds doing smart things”, states Peter A. Bruck.

The agenda of the WSA mobile Global Congress will be a compilation of interaction and inspiration, assembling workshops, business blind-dates and infamous keynotes, bringing together UN and governmental representatives, privates sector and innovators.

INVITED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • Houlin Zhao, Secretary General, ITU
  • H.E. Abdullah Saeed Al Darmaki , CEO Khalifa Fund for Entreprise Development, UA
  • Dr. Ahmed Bin Ali, Etisalat
  • H.E. Ivo Ivanovski, Minister Ministry of Information Society and Administration, Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Macedonia
  • H.E. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Deputy Minister of Communications, South Africa
  • Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University, Canada
  • Taavi Kotka, Deputy Secretary General – ICT at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for Estonia, Estonia
  • Anne Shongwe, Founder and CEO Afroes, South Africa
  • Lalith Weeratunga, Permanent Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
  • Ralph Simon, Chairman Emeritus & Founder, Mobile Entertainment Forum-Americas, UK
  • H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General – Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
  • Janine Warner, Media Executive, Creator of DigitalFamily.com, USA
  • Catherine Warren, President, FanTrust Entertainment Strategies, Canada
  • Boris Nemsic, Executive Partner, Delta Partners
  • Gary Schwartz, President & CEO, Impact Mobile, Canada
  • Dorothy Gordon, DG Kofi Annan Center for Excellence in ICT and Development
  • Jari Tammisto, President, Mobile Monday, Finland
  • Madanmohan Rao, Chief Researcher, Mobile Monday, Singapore
  • Maya Makanjee, Chief Officer Corporate Affairs, Vodacom Group Limited, South Africa
  • Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications, Kenya
  • Paul Hughes, Innovator and Founder of 10 Metres of Thinking, UK


 

About World Summit Award-mobile

The World Summit Award Mobile is a global initiative within the framework of, and in cooperation with, the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), in collaboration with UNESCO, UNIDO and UN GAID. The WSA-mobile is the only ICT event worldwide, that reaches the mobile community in over 170 countries. Abu Dhabi, as the city of the award’s key partner ADSIC (Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre), is host for all WSA-mobile Awards.

Visit WSA-mobile on www.wsa-mobile.org, facebook.com/WorldSummitAward and twitter.com/WSAoffice

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Launch of UniversalDoctor Speaker for Android on Google Play

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We are excited to announce the launch of UniversalDoctor Speaker for Android on Google Play, now available for both Android smartphones and tablets!

 

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At UniversalDoctor, our objective is to facilitate multilingual communication between healthcare professionals and patients to promote equality of access to healthcare information and care — no matter what language is spoken. Bringing UniversalDoctor Speaker to Android is a great step forward in our goal of breaking down language barriers in healthcare, making our app available on more devices and accessible by more users around the world.

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UniversalDoctor Speaker is now available for both iOS and Android devices. Download it today!

 

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We also recently added 2 new languages to support our users from and travelers to Italy and Poland, bringing the total number of languages for UniversalDoctor Speaker for iOS and Android to 13 languages — the biggest range of languages available on any medical translator app on the market.

We’d love to get your feedback on what other languages are important to you (add a comment below or tweet us @UniversalDoctor).

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Exciting Announcement from UniversalDoctor at the mHealth Summit!

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In honor of the 2013 mHealth Summit starting today in Washington, D.C., we are bringing UniversalDoctor Speaker to more people around the world…

Today, we are excited to announce the launch of UniversalDoctor Speaker for Android on the Google Play Store!

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We also recently added 2 new languages to support our users from and travelers to Italy and Poland, bringing the total number of languages for UniversalDoctor Speaker for iOS and Android to 13 languages — the biggest range of languages available on any medical translator app on the market.

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For our Android fans, we’re very happy to finally bring you the first Android version of UniversalDoctor Speaker. Even though this is our initial foray onto this platform, we will be releasing the full version of our app with 13 languages and audios – available free for a limited time to celebrate Android users and the mHealth Summit.

We’d love to get your feedback on what other languages are important to you (tweet us @UniversalDoctor!).

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Winners at the Mobile World Congress

Several challenges and competitions were held to identify the best mobile apps, designs and more, with the winners being announced during the Mobile World Congress. Here is a summary of the awards, winners and their work.

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The objective of the GSMA mWomen Design Challenge was to Redefine the User Experience to meet the needs of resource-poor women by improving the smartphone user experience.

Designers, programmers and innovators of all kinds were invited to consider the user experience of resource-poor women to reimagine a smartphone’s core user interface to be more intuitive and accessible. The more a woman can use her phone, the more value she’ll be able to realize from the pre-installed apps, widgets, and other functionality that can enhance her and her family’s lives.

The winners and finalists include:

Grand Prize Winner: Sahel Shake 

homescreen-bigSahel Shake seeks to alleviate barriers to mobile phone ownership and use for women in low and middle income markets. A phone without battery charge or airtime, far from available top up credit is not only useless, it undermines the value proposition of mobile ownership by reducing confidence in the technology and mobile network operator. Sahel Shake gives women control over their phone resources, providing prominent airtime and battery management widgets along with cost-conscious phone sharing and emergency SMS features.

Second Prize Winner: mpower

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“I wanted to create a bond of trust between the user and the concept of ‘technology’. This idea involved trying to prolong battery life with a darker screen and presenting all key information whenever needed using a consistent bar of icons. The interface had to be both realiable and useful, so that that user becomes comfortable with a smartphone.”

There are more finalists to be discovered here.

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The Mobile Premier Awards is the largest cross-platform app showcase in the mobile industry, providing a point of reference for the startup and app community during the Mobile World Congress. The 7th edition of the Mobile Premier Awards took place in Barcelona on February 25th 2013 and featured winning apps from Appcircus events and challenges from 2012.

The MPA2013 Winner is… Atooma!

Screen Shot 2013-02-27 at 2.04.51 PMAtooma offers complete control over your Android phone, and gives you a wonderfully simple interface to program activities that you do manually, like switching to Wi-Fi when you get home, silencing notifications when you get to the office, or even read incoming SMS messages aloud when you’re driving. No matter what needs to be done – Atooma is there to automate it all. Atooma allows your smartphone to perform actions when certain conditions are fulfilled. Shape your phone for your everyday life. You can set up conditional events (IF) that automatically trigger simple actions (DO), based on things like time of day, location, your favourite apps, email, battery levels and much more.

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The GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards offer organisations across the global mobile eco-system (including all converging vertical sectors) the opportunity to showcase the latest and best mobile products, apps, services and initiatives to the world. Many interesting categories were created for this year’s Global Mobile Awards. Some of the winners that caught our eye were…

Best Mobile Innovation for ‘Smart Cities’

Streetline for Parker

Parker-Reservations3.01-379x730Telefónica and Streetline’s smart parking solution features vehicle detection sensors, networks, and real-time applications for cities and motorists. Parker™ by Streetline aims to make the idea of searching for parking a thing of the past. The app features real time parking availability via Streetline’s vehicle detection sensors, as well as parking locations,

hours, rates, mobile payments, and searching by a point of interest or a particular kind of space such as electric vehicle charging stations. Parker is currently

supported on smartphones, compatible tablets, the web, and soon will be featured in in-car navigation systems.

Judges’comments

“Smart parking is a good example of how new services are evolving for cities based on sensor technologies and mobile communications. This innovative application addresses a complex area and allows for interesting new business models”

GSMA mWomen Best Mobile Product or Service for Women in Emerging Markets

Asiacell for Almas Line

almas_logo_english“Almas Line” is the name of the offer by Asiacell (Iraq’s second largest operator) conceived for, and sold exclusively to, Iraqi women. It consists of a SIM embedded with specifically designed features addressing the main barriers to women mobile usage in Iraq (price, harassment, cultural issues, concerns with technology, and technical illiteracy). Results have been spectacular: Asiacell now has 3.5 million female subscribers, half of which have joined since the launch of Almas line. Put differently, since Almas was launched Asiacell has acquired as many women subscribers as it had acquired in its first 11 years of operations!

Judges’comments

“Very smart, well thought out approach with measurable large scale impact directly to women. The idea of marketing the SIM as a premier line is brilliant. Appeals to deep traditional values, aspirational but not elitist”

Find out more about all the winners on winners announcement website.

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