OREANDA-NEWS.    Age five, Luz Rello was struggling at school. Dyslexia meant learning to read and write was incredibly hard. Twenty nine years on, Luz is doing a PhD on dyslexia and technology at Pompeu Fabra University. Last night Luz was part of a team awarded Ђ30,000 as the winner of the education category of the Vodafone Foundation Mobile for Good Europe Awards for their app ‘Dyseggxia’. It was Luz’s belief that no child with dyslexia should feel isolated at school that led her to develop this app. Based on scientific research around the common errors people with dyslexia make when writing, the app uses games to help children with dyslexia overcome these issues.
Other winners in the health category were Teresa Torres and Laura Estйvez, who won with their app ‘Contigo’ (With You). A breast cancer survivor and medical oncologist, respectively, the pair have supported the development of ‘Contigo’ to provide support, information and advice to women diagnosed with breast cancer from the moment of diagnosis all the way through stages of treatment and recovery.
Last night the Vodafone Foundation announced the four winners of the 2013 Vodafone Foundation Mobile for Good Europe Awards. These awards recognise transformational apps designed to improve people's lives, deliver substantial public benefit and stimulate thinking of how mobile technology can improve the delivery of public services for society.
A total prize fund of Ђ200,000 for the best Android and iOS apps and concepts has been shared between 12 finalists, with the winner of each category receiving Ђ30,000. This money has been awarded for the further development of the applications.  Finalists in second place were awarded Ђ15,000 and thisrd place Ђ5,000.
The awards categories included health, accessibility, education and the mobilisation of public services.