Congratulations to TextQube!
The SMS Developer Challenge invited talented developers form across the globe to submit their ideas for innovative use of 2-way SMS.
With fellow judges Mike Short, Chairman of the Mobile Data Association, Ewan MacLeod, Editor of SMS
Text News, we awarded first place – a cash prize of Â£1,000 – to TextQube. Developed by UK-based Reynardine Software, TextQube makes it very easy for companies to mobilise their existing data by simply querying database information on a PC by SMS.
We all agreed that TextQube has real potential to drive more innovation in 2-way SMS as it allows businesses to trial a service to assess the business case before committing to further development and enhancements.
Mike Thompson of Reynardine Software said, “Itâ€™s terrific to win this competition and a big thanks to Esendex for the opportunity to demonstrate the product and Reynardine’s passion for efficient 2-way communication by mobile. TextQube is fantastic for SMEs that want to mobilise and control information on a new level.”
Two runners-up have been awarded Â£500 each, CotralisSMSGPS from the Netherlands, and CallMeBack from Singapore. CotralisSMSGPS, chosen because it uses SMS to augment a blog post with a location, enables blog postings to be made from anywhere. Conference call service, CallMeBack was chosen due to its ability to use SMS to put the user in control of a conference call.
Mike Short commented, â€œAll entries to the challenge have shown extraordinary levels of creativity and innovation. Dedicated to the mobile industry, Iâ€™m always eager to know about new developments so it was interesting for me to see the ideas that people have for the use of 2-way SMS.â€
â€œAs a mobile fanatic, Iâ€™ve really enjoyed judging this competitionâ€ said Ewan MacLeod. â€œThe high quality of entrants reflected the interest in technology for the future of SMS as a communication and business service.â€
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I’m delighted for all concerned. We’ll do a follow-up on the winner and each runner-up!