On 15 April 2013, the search began to find apps that help young travellers in their journeys, from inspiration to planning to saving memories. An inspiring variety of nearly 35 entries came in from all over the world and so far, votes have been cast. From handy maps and carpool tools to insurance assistance and reservation systems, there are some awesome apps out there. And all great travel apps have one thing in common: they all solve a problem you didn’t even realise you had. You can view the entire lineup and vote for one of the 14 finalists here.
The viral nature of the WYSTC App Yap Contest made it a perfect match for WYSTC’s social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin and especially this year with the overall WYSTC theme, Technology. Votes have poured in since the public voting was opened and the Twitter talk has been non-stop. Companies that entered the contest are enthusiastically spreading the word to encourage people to vote for their apps, because they believe their app solves a problem or offers crucial help and they would like to have the chance to yap about their apps at WYSTC in Sydney.
WYSTC will offer each App Yap finalist a platform to showcase their apps within the WYSTC Trade Hall at the WYSE Tech stand. WYSTC attendees are decision makers, holding senior-level positions in youth travel companies from over 80 countries around the world: CEOs, owners, partners, presidents and directors. Find more information and register for WYSTC here.
The 14 Finalists are (in no particular order)
- Official Trip Mate
- SafeKnight – Personal Safety App
- Today in Italy
- Track my Life
- Au Pair Guide App
- mTrip Travel Guide
- Way Buddy Travel App
- Party with a Local
- Local Guiding
- Packing Pro
- Vocre – Universal Translator
- Touchnote iPhone
But the search for the winning app is still on - voting continues online until 15 August 2013. Following this, the winner of the public vote will go forward as one judging vote along with a panel of judges of experts and tech savvy individuals that will determine the winner, who will be announced at the Global Youth Travel Awards Ceremony, Friday, 20 September, the closing reception of WYSTC.
From these 14 finalists, a winning app will be chosen which is not only practical but also original, youthful in its design, saves them money, easy to use and fun.
The winner of the App Yap Contest will receive a prize worth over 5000 EUR:
- Two free registrations to WYSTC 2014 (worth €4000)
- Online marketing campaign directly following WYSTC and going fourth in 2014
- Automatic spot as a judge in the WYSTC App Yap 2014 Contest
- Plenty of free publicity and recognition for being the best app in the youth travel industry