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Toronto’s uCiC Claims Victory at CES’s Mobile App Showdown

ucicThe Toronto-based developers of uCiC (“You see, I see”) must have been very good in a previous life, because their karma-based app has taken the top prize at this year’s Mobile App Showdown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

There are two components to the Mobile App Showdown: the live competition and the online competition, by which anyone in cyberspace can vote for their favourite app while the event is happening live at CES.

The live competition, which takes place in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall and is hosted by Howard Stern sidekick Jon Hein, is basically a pitch session evaluated by a panel of judges.

While uCiC shared the live winner trophy with Lyve App, it secured outright victory in the online domain, making it a double-victor.


The uCiC app allows users to “reach out” to fellow users anywhere in the world and ask a question or demand a favour. Users who respond positively to the initial request can bank karma points, which they can then spend when making new requests.

So if you’ve left your keys someplace, you can take a chance on the possibility that a uCiC user might happen to be in the area and can have a look for you. Or you can ask someone how long the line is at your favourite pizza joint.

The message’s recipient can then snap a photo of the lineup and send it back to you, claiming their karma instantly.

It was a tough field at the Mobile App Showdown this year, with fellow Canadian Martin-Luc Archambault fielding his own app, called Spot On, from his new company Spotr.

Lenovo also had an app in competition, called ShareIt. Other apps included a mobile phone breathalyzer called Breathometer, a family activity app called Yugler, and a baking app called Perfect Bake.

The uCiC app is available in for both iPhone and Android.

Last year’s winner of CES’s Mobile App Showdown, of course, was Montreal’s PasswordBox, who have since been acquired and folded into the Intel Security portfolio. Intel has since rebranded PasswordBox as True Key, a form of face-recognition password technology.

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One thought on “Toronto’s uCiC Claims Victory at CES’s Mobile App Showdown

  1. Thanks @CantechLetter and @TerryDaawes for the article!
    uCiC is proud to be a Canadian start-up to take this coveted prize. We hope that the users like the app and use it as more the users in a given area, the more useful the app! Will be glad to hear any feedback.

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