FlightBoard Wins Best Mobile Travel App n 16th Annual Webby Awards

ANN ARBOR — The Ann Arbor-based Mobiata subsidiary of Expedia, said Monday that its travel app FlightBoard was named the best travel app of the year in the 2012 Webby Awards competition.

FlightBoard, which launched in June 2010, is available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Cited as a must-have app for the frequent traveler, it was designed after the arrivals and departures board at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and turns a user’s screen into an arrival and departures board for any airport in the world.

“This award is a great testament to the creativity of the Mobiata team,” said Ben Kazez, general manager and founder of Mobiata. “We created this app not only to be useful for frequent travelers, but also to showcase beautiful design and convey the romance of travel.”

Mobiata will be honored at the star-studded, live online broadcast of The Webby Awards from New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday, May 21. The following day, fans will be able to watch The Webby Awards, including Mobiata’s 5-word speech, at www.webbyawards.com and The Webby Awards Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheWebbyAwards. A full list of both Webby Awards and People’s Voice Awards winners can be found at www.webbyawards.com/webbys/current.php?season=16.

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including websites, interactive advertising and media, online film and video, and mobile and apps. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 750-person judging academy whose members include Martha Stewart, Darren Aronofsky, R/GA’s Chief Bob Greenberg, David Bowie, Arianna Huffington and Twitter’s Biz Stone.

The 16th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous 5-word speech limit. Past Webby Award winners — and their speeches — include Al Gore (“Please don’t recount this vote.”), Beastie Boys (“Can anyone fix my computer?”), and Stephen Colbert (“Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.”).

Mobiata was acquired by Expedia Inc. in 2010. More at www.mobiata.com.

Mobiata, an Expedia company, creates best-selling mobile travel applications for smartphones and emerging devices under both brands. Since its founding in December 2008, Mobiata’s applications have been featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Washington Post, TechCrunch, USA Today and in Apple TV and print ads. Mobiata’s apps include the best-selling FlightTrack, FlightTrack Pro, FlightBoard, TripDeck and Expedia Hotels applications.

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