Facebook has crowned the winner of its first-ever Fb Start competition, a contest that sought to identify the best apps in the world that are part of its program aimed at helping mobile developers.
The grand prize winning team, which will receive $50,000 in cash and $25,000 in Facebook Ad Credit, is Beijing, China-based Hightalk Software, makers of MomentCam. The app, which allows users to easily create and share customized caricatures of people, has been downloaded more than 200 million times.
Fb Start also named a set of regional winners, each of which will get $5,000 in cash and $5,000 in Facebook Ad Credit. For Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, the winner was the London-based social polling app, Whichit; for Latin America, it was Brazil’s Qranio, which incentivizes players to complete knowledge-based trivia quizzes; for North America, it was U.S.-based Workflow, which enables automating actions between apps on your iOS device. And the “social good” winner was Hunger Crunch, which helps people “fight hunger” through a series of real-world and virtual experiences.