Today, Handango, the leading provider of mobile downloads, announced the finalists for the fifth annual Handango Champion Awards, which recognize outstanding mobile software developers and their applications. The 2005 Handango Champion Awards finalists were determined by customer votes on Handango’s Web site, www.handango.com, and Handango partner sites.
Winners will be announced at the annual Handango Partner Summit in Miami, Florida on June 23, 2005. Awards will be presented for BlackBerry™, Palm OS®, Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC and Smartphone as well as Symbian OS™ UIQ and Series 60 applications in the following categories:
• Best Application for Work
• Best Application for Play
• Best Application for Life
• Best New Application
• Best Industry Application
A complete list of finalists is available at:
“It is always a pleasure to honor and reward these extraordinary software development companies and their exceptional applications,” said Randy Eisenman, president and chief executive officer of Handango. “Our customers hand-selected these finalists as the best-of-the-best from Handango’s catalog of more than 50,000 applications. These finalists should be proud of their accomplishment in such a dynamic industry.”
The winners will be selected by an elite panel of judges that includes:
• Ewan Spence, All About Symbian
• Chris Leckness, Aximsite
• Ronny Ko, Bityard Magazine
• Phea Duch, Blackberry Cool
• William O’Neal, CNET
• Christiane Hornig, connect.de
• Sandra Vogel, Mobility Specialist
• Michael Sommer, Gadget Guy
• David Novak, Gadget Guy
• Laura Nuhaan, International BlackBerry User Group
• Corey McLaughlin, mobileMinds.com
• Ryan Kairer, Palm Infocenter
At the luxurious awards ceremony, Handango will also present “Developer of the Year” awards to one company for each mobile operating system. The “Developer of the Year” award acknowledges outstanding overall accomplishments in development, marketing and business practices.
Each recipient of a Handango Champion Award will receive an awards package including a $5,000 marketing stipend, placement in a special edition of the Handango Champion Newsletter and a variety of promotional opportunities. Handango will also feature the winners and finalists on Handango properties and provide additional marketing support to the winners.