WHEN: January 28, 2013 until midnight February 13, 2013 with winner announced February 14, 2013.
WHO: The following developers have sponsored this giveaway:
DEVELOPERS: Fingerprint Digital; Erik X. Raj, SLP; Fernandez Design; Deedil; iSpotPro for Kids; Emibap (Sophie’s Drawings); FuzzyBees; and Penelope the Purple Pirate.
FINGERPRINT DIGITAL is based in San Francisco, California is a unique group dedicated to building the next great kids company. Their team is made up of veterans from some of the most successful entertainment companies (LucasFilm and Electronic Arts), innovative consumer education companies (LeapFrog and Learning Company), game changing game companies (PlayFirst and 2K Games) and kid targeted start-ups (Everloop and Gazillion). Fingerprint Digital currently has 19 iOS applications available and their newest: Scribble My Story is available free: https://itunes.apple.com/app/scribble-my-story-fingerprint/id582092430?mt=8
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/FingerprintPlay?fref=ts
Twitter: @Fingerprintplay or https://twitter.com/Fingerprintplay
ERIK X. RAJ, SLP is a certified speech-language pathologist that works with school-aged children who have various speech, language, and fluency difficulties. He believes that speech-language therapy not only benefits a student’s ability to communicate, but it also has a magical way of increasing a young learner’s confidence and courage to pursue his or her most wildest dreams. He is absolutely committed to inspiring the youth of today to do great things. He creates speech therapy materials that provide youngsters with a positive experience that sparks a passion for knowledge and creative thinking.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/erikxrajslp?ref=ts&fref=ts
Twitter: @erikxraj or https://twitter.com/erikxraj
FERNANDEZ DESIGN is a small business owner/graphic designer specializing in educational publishing, print and web design which has launched a new niche in social media. Designer of web and social media banners as requisitioned by Melissa Northway, Ellie’s Games, A4cwsn and many others. Published in several “Best of” design publications, she has won multiple international awards and has been acknowledged for her community philanthropy and volunteerism.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/FernandezDesignGroup?ref=ts&fref=ts
Twitter: @DesignFernandez or https://twitter.com/DesignFernandez
DEEDIL apps are created by a teacher (mom) and tech geek (dad) duo who think learning is the coolest thing since sliced bread! The first app they created was Robot ABCs with Jinxie, an education app that helps the little ones learn their ABCs like a robot! Of course, it has human narration too! Since creating their first app, they’ve been hard at work on their newest app series … simple flash cards that are to the point and make learning the priority … no distractions, no frills and no gimmicks. Their first of the series is Numbers Flash Cards 123, which features simple flash card style numbers and numerals 0-100 as well as a coloring activity to trace the numbers. It’s perfect for skill building and test prep for PreK, K and 1-2. There is also a free lite version that includes numbers and numerals 0-21 and a sample coloring/tracing activity.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/DeedilApps
iSPOTPRO FOR KIDS is based out of Leicester, United Kingdom. Leicester app designer, Mayuir Sidhpara says that his app, iSpotPro for KIDS is an engaging app built specifically for kids, which contains 35 unique real-life scenarios that teach and familiarise children with their surroundings while they play. Parents will enjoy using this app with their children, teaching them the various items that make up scenarios. The illustrated graphics are engaging for children, and the rewards system will challenge kids to try and finish the games to get a certificate. Mayuir believes parents would much rather their children occupy their time playing educational games, rather than playing violent computer games. The app can be used in a variety of areas, including – Schools, Special Educational Needs (SEN), Homeschooling and Therapy. Leicester Apps also creates other apps from iSpotPro Themed Edition (targeted to teens/adults) as well as various InstaBooth apps and their newest: Valentines Cards which was just released: http://www.leicesterappdesigner.com/leicester-app-designer/app-valentines-cards.html
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/iSpotProThemedEdition?fref=ts
Twitter: @MayuirSidhpara or https://twitter.com/MayuirSidhpara
EMIBAP is based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Independent Game developer Emibap has released a step-by-step drawing iPad app, Sophie’s Drawings. Sophie’s Drawings is made for children aged 3 to 7 which analyzes every stroke and brings the drawings to life. It now comes with extra help, easier strokes and more settings for parents, such as disabling the email feature. It is available in both a Full and Lite version. Each drawing consists of a group of strokes that children have to follow, with some accepted margin of error. When the drawing is finished, it comes alive as a reward. Kids get to draw basic shapes: a pig, a dog, a whale, and an octopus, among other drawings that magically begin to move. A new feature from a recent update has been the added feature/ability to draw without having to lift the finger from the screen. Emibap has also added a new drawing, the Rectangle Man (added to the first scene – there are a total of three scenes in the app). Emiliano, who was inspired by his 3 year old (now 4) daughter, Sofa, to make this app has plans to make it compatible with iPhone/iPod in the following update. Sophie’s Drawings has really cute graphics and music, and most of the sound effects were made by the “real” Sophie. Emibap also produces other apps (games) such as “Finger Slice”.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/sophiesdrawings
Twitter: @emiliano_ange or https://twitter.com/emiliano_ange
FUZZYBEES the developer of Count To 100!, a counting app with something every kid loves to press — elevator buttons! FuzzyBees has transformed the 100 chart, used in schools to help develop number sense and recognition, into an interactive version to help motivate and delight your child with a friendly voice, uplifting music, and those irresistible buttons that light up. The numbers are positioned in lines of 10s to give your child an understanding of how numbers relate to each other and how to simplify math problems. This helps your child to count in sequence from left to right, which may also help children with visual perception and motor planning challenges. Mastering the number line and understanding the fluency of numbers will contribute to your child’s success in math-related life skills such as counting money, telling time, and reading a thermometer. Skip counting is available as well. FuzzyBees’ “Count to 100!” was created by Jany Kartadinata, a mom of a child with special needs along with the rest of the team: Philip, Sophia, and Dhania for early learning and special needs.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/fuzzybees
Twitter: @Fuzzy_Bees or https://twitter.com/fuzzy_bees
PENELOPE THE PURPLE PIRATE is based in Irvine, California and was created by award winning children’s author, Melissa Northway. Melissa’s goal as a mom and educator, is to teach children that they can be whoever they want to be. Melissa’s company, Polka Dots Publishing, supports organizations that empowers girls to have choices, such as www.thegirleffect.com. In a culture of pink and princesses, it is nice to offer girls a role model who embraces adventure-taking, while promoting respect and kindness towards others. Melissa currently has two interactive storybooks available on iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad: “Penelope the Purple Pirate”; and “Gerry the Giraffe”. Melissa has several other titles that are available in print from Amazon.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penelope-the-Purple-Pirate/184530521575620
Twitter: @MelissaNorthway or https://twitter.com/MelissaNorthway
DANDELION MOMS is based in Irvine, California and was created by award winning children’s author, Melissa Northway. Melissa wanted to create a website that embraced all women to show that they all women are beautiful, strong and resilient. Melissa’s journey started six years ago after the birth of her daughter. It was then that Melissa was inspired to write children’s picture books. Melissa joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) to find out how to make her dream of publishing a book come true. The journey was long and tons of work, but in January 2011, her first storybook app, “Penelope the Purple Pirate”, was released through her company Polka Dots Publishing (yes, Melissa started a publishing company to make it happen) and PicPocket Books. Melissa shares her story as often as she can because she didn’t listen to the naysayers who said the way she was going about getting her story published wasn’t the way it was done. Melissa is a big proponent of carving your own path and going after your dreams. Melissa’s biggest hope is that you are inspired by the women who write about their journey on dandelion moms and she encourages all to share theirs as well!
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/DandelionMoms
Twitter: @dndelionmoms or https://twitter.com/dandelionmoms
POLKA DOTS PUBLISHING is based in Irvine, California and was started by award winning children’s author, Melissa Northway. Polka Dots Publishing, Inc. was founded in December of 2010. Melissa’s goal was to create interactive and educational children’s storybook apps and books utilizing digital technology. Polka Dots Publishing’s first storybook app, “Penelope the Purple Pirate”, was released by PicPocket Books January 2011 and has gone on to be a Top 25 iTunes book app as well as chosen as a Top 10 Must-Have eBook by lilsugar of Popsugar.com and a Top 10 Educational iPad App by Digital Storytime with over 10,000 downloads. Together with PicPocket Books, Polka Dots Publishing will be releasing two new storybook apps and books this fall including “Penelope the Purple Pardner”, and “Clarence and the Traveling Circus”. Melissa’s most current release through Polka Dots Publishing, Inc. and PicPocket Books: “Gerry the Giraffe” has already received numerous top reviews and a 5 Star Rating from Readers Favorite. Polka Dots Publishing, Inc.’s services now include consulting for new and established authors and developers looking to maximize social media platforms. From concept to creation, they can provide you with expert advice and strategies to make sure your app or book gets noticed. Part of Polka Dots Publishing, Inc.’s promotion package includes Facebook Parties that place your product in front of an engaged audience. You can read more about what Polka Dots Publishing, Inc. offers to promote your business or product in the Consulting section on Melissa’s website.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Polka-Dots-Publishing/401732829896180?ref=ts&fref=ts
Twitter: @MelissaNorthway or https://twitter.com/MelissaNorthway
DOMEO PRODUCTS is a new company that makes iPad cases. Domeo Products has provided us with a case for each of our [four] giveaway winners! Domeo Products iPad Mini Cases come in four wonderful colors to choose from.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/domeoipadcases?fref=ts
Twitter: @domeoipadcases or https://twitter.com/domeoipadcases