Australian accessible apps developers to be honoured

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014 13:48pm

The shortlist for the inaugural competition to recognise the work of Australian accessible app developers, the Apps For All Challenge 2014, has been announced.

The challenge, announced earlier this year, is being run by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), and is sponsored by Telstra.

For the category of 'Most accessible mainstream app', the finalists are: Energy Rating, ACCC Shopper and My Bus (Canberra Transport).

For the category of 'Most innovative app designed for people with disability or older Australians', the finalists are: Walsh Bay Sculpture Tour, Open Me Tours and Open Me Silent Tweets.

For the category of 'Most accessible children’s app' the finalists are: Positive penguins, Row Row Your Boat and Allen’s Adventure.

The finalists for the fourth and final category, 'Most accessible gaming app', are yet to be confirmed.

One of the judges of the Apps For All competition, Media Access Australia's accessibility expert Dr Scott Hollier, said it was encouraging to see a diversity of apps entered in the competition.

"It's great to see accessibility considerations become more of a factor in the design and development of apps," he said.

"As devices continue to include accessibility  features it makes sense that the apps developed for those devices support the accessibility and be utilised in a way that enables everyone to use the app in the way it was designed to be used."

The awards will be handed out at a ceremony during the ACCAN National Conference on Tuesday 16 September.

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