Des, Stephen & Edward – 2010
This year The Appys is five. Five years old yet mature beyond its years. The app industry can be described as nothing short of explosive. As a publishing sector in its own right, the mobile app industry came into its own with the launch of the first iPhone, seven years ago.
Steve Jobs and his team at Apple radically disrupted many industries with the launch of the iPhone, the first proper smartphone.
Not only did the iPhone dethrone the dominant mobile phone maker Nokia from the top spot in mobile communications, it paved the way for feature rich smartphones from the likes of Samsung, HTC and Sony and led to the establishment of the Android platform by Google and the Windows mobile platform by Microsoft.
Globally, well over 100 billion apps have been downloaded to date by iPhone, Android and Windows phones users.
The smartphone created the app industry and in turn the app industry has disrupted the music industry, the news industry, the entertainment industry, the movie industry, the travel industry, the healthcare industry, the retail industry and the games industry to name but a few.
The Appys, the first awards show in the world to celebrate great apps, was launched by Des Doris of Alchemy Events and Digital Times in 2010. If you would like to be an event partner in 2014, please contact Stephen.
The first event, held at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin, was sponsored by The Carphone Warehouse, and the Grand Prix winner that year was the RTÉ News Now app, built by DRG.
The second Appys, once again sponsored by The Carphone Warehouse, was held at the Mansion House in Dublin. See video. MailOnline for iPad, was the Grand Prix winner and the awards received over 250 entries with new categories, including Facebook apps and iPad apps.
The third Appys was held at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Hailo, the taxi app, was the Grand Prix winner of the Appys 2012. The awards received over 300 entries and was opened up to entries from social media apps, tablet apps and Cloud apps. Other notable winners include Best Banking App for AIB, Best Retail & Coupon App for Done Deal and Best Entertainment App for Sky+.
At The Appys 2013, held at the CHQ building in Dublin, Life in the Womb, an app developed by Dublin agency Redwind Software, and The Science Picture Company in conjunction with the National Maternity Hospital, was the overall winner. The event was sponsored by HTC, Sony, GSK and Alternatives Digital. Other gold winners on the night included the taxi app Hailo which won best travel & tourism app; Symmetry School: Learning Geometry which won best children’s app; and Showpal which won best entertainment app.