Israeli “Waze” Wins Best Mobile App Award at Mobile World Congress

Waze, the popular Israeli GPS navigation app, won the Mobile World Congress‘ Judges’ Choice Award yesterday for best overall mobile application, beating other top contenders such as Dropbox, Flipboard and Square, the electronic payment service.

“This is a huge win for our community — thanks Wazers, for making us number 1!”, Waze wrote on its Facebook page. The company added: “It takes 40 million drivers to make a great service that impacts the world, and that’s just the beginning. Imagine what we’ll able to do at 100 million.”

Waze was among four other Israeli applications nominated in the competition under different categories. The other Israeli apps were MyCheck, Intucell, Isracard and uTest.

The awards, presented yesterday by British funnyman David Walliams, are part of the Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona. The congress said the awards “recognize and celebrate all the contributions made to the ever-evolving and developing mobile industry.”

Waze benefited hugely from the Apple Maps app fiasco last year, with thousands across the world complaining about the app’s flaws. Amazingly, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook even recommended Waze as a good alternative. And it seems many took his advice. In total, 36 million Waze drivers in 110 countries shared 90 million user reports (including traffic and road condition alerts) last year.

Waze was founded in 2008 by Uri Levine, Ehud Shabtai and Amir Shinar and is led by CEO Noam Bardin.

This article was first published on – Israeli Innovation News.

An Uncommon Application: Jewish Identity and Your College Search

Join university admissions and Jewish Campus Life professionals and learn how to shine as an “uncommon applicant” during the college search and application process. Gain effective strategies for translating your high school and Jewish leadership achievements into a college application that rises above the others. Hands-on workshops will prepare you and your family to successfully navigate the college search process and craft outstanding applications that showcase your talents.

Details after the jump.
Featured professionals:

  • Graham Hoffman, associate vice president of strategy, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
  • Brian Cohen, executive director of Columbia/Barnard Hillel
  • List College, Barnard College, and Columbia University admissions professionals


The Jewish Theological Seminary

3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street)

New York City

Date and Time:

Sunday, February 3, 2013

9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

(Lunch provided by JTS)