Outware and Consumer Affairs at ACCAN Awards(Picture: Roz Howe from Consumer Affairs Victorian receiving the prize from Ron McCullum)

Last night we attended the awards ceremony for the 2015 ACCAN Apps for All Challenge, which are being held as part of the ACCAN National Conference (Dollars and Bytes Conference).  We had two apps (ANZ Grow and RentRight) shortlisted for the Mainstream Mobile App category, and are incredibly proud to announce that RentRight won!

As well as winning the award with Consumer Affairs Victoria, we were lucky enough to hear an inspirational address from Prof. Ron McCallum (AO  & Emeritus Professor at The University of Sydney) who is visually impaired.  Ron described a typical day in his life, specifically outlining all the activities that he is now able to do independently through the assistance of “his wonderful smartphone and some really amazing apps”.

It was a great opportunity to reflect on what an incredibly positive impact that apps really do make on people’s lives, which is something that makes us feel privileged to be a part of this industry working with great clients on great apps that make a difference.

Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this project and all the other winners (NRS app, Thread, and Rapitap)! It’s been a great reminder to ensure we always think, talk, and take action on accessibility!

 

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We’re really excited to announce that the AFL Live Official App for Apple Watch is now available!

The AFL Live Official App for Apple Watch allows users to quickly and easily check AFL match start times, live scores, match stats and the ladder.

The user experience (UX) approach for the Apple Watch is entirely different to smartphones and tablets. Users appreciate very short engagements that provide context specific information with minimal interaction. This means the app has to be designed with a shallow navigational hierarchy and smart logic to work out what information the user might want at any given moment.

The AFL Live Official App for Apple Watch is designed to be used on the go and at a glance. Users simply have to lift their wrist and swipe to view key features, rather than take their phone out and launch the app, before being able to access the information they want.

Danny Gorog, Director of Outware Mobile says ‘Apple Watch marks the start of the wearable computing revolution, and we’re proud and excited to have developed the only official AFL app for Apple Watch.’

Telstra and Outware Mobile began working together in 2011 on the AFL Live Official App to bring footy fans their favourite sport on smartphones and tablets. Since then, the app has been continuously upgraded and enhanced, making use of the latest technologies to deliver an award winning mobile sports entertainment experience. In 2014, this partnership delivered a revitalised mobile experience for Club Apps as well as the world’s first live sporting app for a wearable device in the AFL Live App for Pebble.

Our objective for these apps has always been to enhance the AFL experience by making it convenient and easy for fans to access their favourite sport wherever and whenever they want. The AFL Live Official App for Apple Watch now extends this great mobile experience to another level of convenience and engagement for fans of the sport.

AFL Live Official App for Apple Watch is now available on the App Store when you download the latest version of the AFL Live Official App for iPhone.

 

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Sydney Design Awards 2015 - GoldWe’re incredibly proud to announce that ORPA for Transport for NSW has won a Gold Award in the Digital Experience – Mobile category at the 2015 Sydney Design Awards.

ORPA is a beautifully designed Android app that enables Transport Officers to check that customers are travelling using the correct Opal card and paying the correct fare. It replaces a basic utility tool with a delightful and more functional mobile solution.

The app interface is clean and simple, hiding complex processes from the end user, resulting in a quick and easy user experience that is both effective and delightful.

Our vision is to create mobile experiences that are intuitive, effective and engaging by working with great clients. This app exemplifies what we try to do every day in our work.

Well done to the entire team that worked on this project and keep up the great work!