February 11, 2013

Lebanese Mobile App awarded “Best of the Best”


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Lebanese Mobile App awarded “Best of the Best”
Beirut, February 8 th , 2013. Lebanese app industry has reason to celebrate: DERMANDAR PANORAMA has been awarded world’s best app at the UN-based World Summit Award for mobile content (WSA-mobile).
DERMANDAR PANORAMA is considered the “easiest-to-use panoramic picture app” by The Wall Street Journal. The application, available on both iOS and Android, reached 6 million downloads since its launch in June 2011.
The successful Lebanese app producers received their award in a grand gala that highlighted this year’s WSA-mobile global congress in Abu Dhabi. On a biennial basis, the event provides a platform for the world’s most outstanding mobile app producers to present their innovation to a high ranking audience of experts and industry leaders. After evaluating submissions from the world’s top mobile content developers representing nearly 100 UN member states, an elite group of international judges chose 40 entries that represented the crème of the crop from a pool of more than 420 products on the lead up to the Gala Night.
Furthermore, 8 products from among the 40 participating apps were awarded global mobile champion at the WSA-mobile Gala – one in each of the 8 contest categories (m- Business, m-Government, m-Health, m-Learning, m-Media, m-Enterainment, m-Tourism and m-Inclusion). True to its theme of ‘Meet Excellence in Mobile Content 2.0’, this year’s batch of winners presented the cutting-edge in mobile apps, games, images, music and video.
WSA-mobile Chairman Peter A. Bruck congratulated the 40 contest winners as well as the eight global mobile champions and stated that the three-day event had been a unique opportunity to demonstrate the huge potential of mobile applications: “The Winners of this year’s WSA-mobile contest prove that what counts in a world of ten billion mobile phones is the creativity of mobile content developers.”
WSA-mobile Abu Dhabi Champions 2013
• Category m-Business & Commerce : iButterfly , China
• m-Government & Participation: Roadroid , Sweden
• m-Learning & Education: Project Noah , Canada
• m-Entertainment & Lifestyle: DerManDar Panorama , Lebanon
• m-Tourism & Culture: HARPOEN , Indonesia m-Media & News: News 360 , Russian Federation and USA
• m-Environment & Health: Prognosis Your Diagnosis , Sri Lanka
• m-Inclusion & Empowerment: HAND TALK , Brazil
Find all 40 WSA mobile Winners here …
Dermandar is a Lebanese software company specialized in image processing. Founded by Elie-Gregoire Khoury and Elias Fadel Khoury, its main shareholders are Berytech Fund and George Harik, distinguished Engineer at Google.

About the WSA-mobile
 Organised by the International Centre for New Media (ICNM) in Salzburg, the World Summit Award Mobile is a global initiative within the framework of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The award takes place on a biannual basis in collaboration with UNESCO, UNIDO and UN GAID. Its key partner Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC) hosts the global WSA-mobile Winners’ Events in Abu Dhabi.