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Smartify CIC & MOBGEN, part of Accenture Interactive, Win GLOMO Award for Augmented Reality & Art Recognition app ‘Smartify’

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, BARCELONA; February 28, 2018 – Smartify, a Community Interest Company (CIC), and MOBGEN, part of Accenture Interactive, have won a GSMA GLOMO award in the ‘Most Innovative Mobile App’ category for their augmented reality app ‘Smartify’. The award was presented at Mobile World Congress 2018 yesterday.

Smartify is a free app which helps people make meaningful connections with art. Using image recognition technology, Smartify instantly identifies artworks by scanning them in real-time on your smartphone.

Through Smartify, users can unlock the stories behind art, save the artwork and create a digital, personal art collection that can be shared with the Smartify community. The app is available at a global network of over 50 partner venues, including some of the world’s most popular museums such as the National Gallery in London, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Smithsonian National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Users can download Smartify from the Apple App Store and Google Play free of charge.

Ron Vrijmoet, Managing Director at MOBGEN, part of Accenture Interactive, said, “Smartify turns an artwork into an even more immersive experience. It is a powerful example of how new digital technologies such as AR are beginning to become part of people’s everyday lives. We are proud that the work of the Smartify team and our team has been recognized with this 2018 GLOMO award.”

Anna Lowe, co-founder and director of partnerships, Smartify said, “We are delighted that Smartify has won this prestigious award. We are thankful for the continued support of all our museum partners globally and the great work of the team at MOBGEN. Together, we hope to reframe the use of mobile phones in museums as engagement, rather than distraction.”

Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA, said, “Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees of the 2018 GLOMO Awards. The GLOMOs recognize the best of the best in mobile, highlighting the technologies, products, companies and individuals that are pushing the boundaries of ingenuity and innovation and creating a better future for all of us. We thank all of our entrants, judges, sponsors and partners for supporting the 2018 GLOMOs.”

 

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About Smartify

Smartify is a free app which helps people make meaningful connections with art. Using image recognition technology, Smartify instantly identifies artworks by scanning them on your smartphone.

Through Smartify, users can unlock the stories behind the art, create a digital personal art collection, and share with the Smartify community. Smartify is available at a growing network of partner venues, including some of the world’s most popular museums.

Smartify is made possible by HALO, a Mobile Backend as a Service created by MOBGEN that allows them to store and retrieve all art information using their platform with zero coding, reducing development costs and time to market. Smartify is a social enterprise supported by the British Government agency InnovateUK.

You can download the app for free on iOS and Android.

www.smartify.org @_smartify #smartify

 

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 435,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Accenture Interactive helps the world’s leading brands transform their customer experiences across the entire customer journey. Through our connected offerings in design, marketing, content and commerce, we create new ways to win in today’s experience-led economy. Accenture Interactive is ranked the world’s largest digital agency in the latest Ad Age Agency Report. MOBGEN, now part of Accenture Interactive, was acquired by Accenture in 2016. To learn more, follow us @accentureACTIVE and visit www.accentureinteractive.com.

 

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Notes to editors

 

For demonstration purposes

Open these links on your computer and scan the artwork with your phone:

National Gallery, London

The Fighting Temeraire – Joseph Mallord William Turner – Room 34

The Battle of San Romano – Paolo Uccello – Room 54

Cupid complaining to Venus – Lucas Cranach the Elder – Room 4

 

Contacts

Anna Lowe

Smartify

anna@smartify.org.uk

+44 7540846301

 

Loren Hakeney

MOBGEN

loren.v.hakeney@accenture.com

+31610685272