Apps for Army winners revealed

Apps for Army challenge yielded 53 proposals, including 25 top finishers

The Army has named the winners of its Apps for Army competition, which called for servicemembers and civilian employees to create Web and mobile applications to support U.S. troops.

Of the 53 proposed applications, Army officials chose 15 winners and 10 honorable mentions. The top five submitted apps address physical training, mental health, disaster relief, mapping and recruiting, the Army said in a release announcing the competition awards.

“These 25 apps represent more than two times the number of certifiable apps we were hoping for and expecting from the program,” said Lt. Gen. Jeff Sorenson, the Army chief information officer/G-6, said in a released statement.

“Each application will help overcome mission-related challenges through the power of mobile and Web devices. This pilot program is helping define the business processes needed to make it easier to develop applications and certify software for the Army enterprise,” Sorenson said.

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Here are the top 5 finishers:

  • Physical Training Program, developed for iPhone by Maj. Gregory Motes, Cpt. Christopher Braunstein and Cpt. Stacey Osborn of the Army Signal Center, Fort Gordon, Ga. The physical training app enables soldiers to develop their own training regimen from the app’s plans and videos based on the Army’s new Physical Readiness Training program.
  • Telehealth Mood Tracker, developed for iPhone and Android by Robert Kayl, Scott Swim and Robert Van Gorkom of the Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Wash. The self-monitoring app uses a visual analog rating scale to help soldiers keep record of their psychological health to help address behavioral issues that can stem from deployment or trauma.
  • Disaster Relief, developed for Android by Andrew Jenkins and Alex Ly of the Engineer Research and Development Center, Alexandria, Va., assists military personnel working in humanitarian relief and civilian affairs operations. The web-based data survey, dissemination and analysis tool searches, edits and creates maps viewable on Google Earth and Google Maps and accessible by handheld devices.
  • Movement Projection, developed for Android by Luke Catania of the Engineer Research and Development Center, Alexandria, Va., allows soldiers to input data like obstacles and threats into a map and then calculates the best route.
  • New Recruit, developed for Android by Thomas Maroulis of Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., provides information for prospective soldiers, including military rank and insignia, Army news feeds, an Army physical fitness test calculator and a Body Mass Index calculator.

The complete list of 25 winners will be available soon on the CIO/G-6 Web site.

The Apps for the Army applications will be available for DoD CAC-card holders through the DoD Application Storefront beginning Aug. 3, according to the Army release.

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