Australia brightest app developers are being called to enter the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network 2015 Apps for All Challenge.
In its second year, it’s hoped the competition will draw even more entries and awareness for apps that are accessible to all Australians.
It is Australia’s first and only competition that awards accessible mobile apps.
It is sponsored by Telstra and will provides awards for apps in four categories: Most accessible mainstream app, Most innovative app designed for people with disability or older Australians, Most accessible children’s app and Most accessible game app.
ACCAN chief executive, Teresa Corbin, said mobile apps had become part of our everyday lives as we moved towards an increasingly mobile world.
“It’s important that mobile apps be accessible for all Australians, including those with a disability and older Australians so that everyone can reap the benefits," she said.
"Many mobile apps can help Australians with disability with everyday tasks so it’s important that they aren’t left behind.”
ACMA research showed that in the six months to May 2013, 68 per cent of Australians (8.9 million people) with an internet-enabled phone downloaded a mobile application.
With smartphone penetration continuing to grow the number of apps being downloaded is likely to have increased.
Corbin stressed apps needed to be accessible otherwise millioin of Australians would miss out on the benefits.
“The Apps For All Challenge will award developers who have made their apps accessible and will also educate developers and encourage them to make their apps accessible to all Australians.”