Top Mobile Innovators Recognised at World Summit Awards for Mobile Outstanding app developer teams from around the world gathered in Abu Dhabi for the World Summit Awards – Mobile. The World Summit Awards (WSA) were initiated in 2003 for the first United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), in collaboration with UNESCO. It has been part of the fulfilment of the Geneva Action Plan (2003) and the Tunis Agenda (2005) as approved by the United Nations. Among the award winning mobile solutions, picked by an international jury, was my project OzBook (category: m-Entertainment & Lifestyle).

“OzBook” is an interactive book for both children and the entire family, based on L. Frank Baum’s original novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Sixty interactive illustrations featuring beautiful scenes, vivacious music, and special sound effects let children feel the spirit of the adventurous journey to Emerald City, together with all the engaging characters. By lighting candles in the dark, the child finds the sneaky Wizard, helps Scarecrow to whisk angry crows away, or sees Emerald City with green glasses. Powered by a realistic physics engine allowing fast content accessibility, the award-winning OzBook features a user-friendly interface, magnificent particle simulations, accelerometer and aquatic and/or fire effects, as well as a memory game and magic pictures that come to life as users touch or tilt the iPad. OzBook can be accessed in four different languages including English, Lithuanian, German and Russian.

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