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Innovative Catalan Apps shine at Mobile World Congress’ App Planet

The App Planet at the Mobile World Congress is one of the biggest app events in the world, and the Catalan App companies have taken full advantage of the opportunity to showcase their latest products. Not only this, several Catalan App companies have come together to form the group ‘Catalunya Apps’, in which big and small companies alike have joined in order to survive and compete on the global stage. ‘InQBarna’ had extraordinary success since last year with their Music based app; they have had 700,000 downloads and Apple named the best music app in 2013. Inqbarna isn’t the only large company to commit to ‘Catalunya Apps’; Sixtemia, founded 5 years ago, is on board as well.


26 February 2014 09:59 PM


Ben Ramage

Barcelona (CNA).- The App Planet is an exhibition at the Mobile World Congress for the world\u2019s best app developers and companies to release and showcase their latest apps, with over 200 exhibitors present at this year\u2019s showcase. At the Catalan stand, a host of innovative and successful app companies were clustered together and showcased some of the best and most impressive apps of the entire \u2018App Planet\u2019. Against a backdrop of a global capitalist economy, it becomes apparent that the Catalan companies are not just about making money. Through a group called \u2018Catalonia Apps\u2019, now with 40 members, it is clear that far from the big companies trampling on the small ones, many large Catalan app companies have instead decided to join smaller Catalan companies to survive the economic crisis.


Nacho Sanchez, CEO of application group \u2018InQBarna\u2019, is perhaps the best example of this compassionate spirit. They have had extraordinary success since last year with their Music based app. He told that \u201CInqbarna was released at last year\u2019s Mobile World Congress, and since then we\u2019ve had 700,000 downloads, and Apple named us the best music app released last year.\u201D

\u201CThe App allows users to become a DJ in their own home. They choose the songs and the App matches and mix the songs for them, they don\u2019t have to do any work, the App does all the hard stuff. It\u2019s a more interactive music experience than apps like Spotify, which we hope sets us apart from other music apps.\u201D Not only is this innovative app a huge success, the company are using this Congress to release a new app, called \u2018Beat\u2019.

\u2018Catalunya Apps\u2019

Sanchez is clearly determined for his own company to be as successful as possible, but his membership of the \u2018Catalunya Apps\u2019 group reveals that he also wants to help as many smaller companies as possible too.

\u2018Catalunya Apps\u2019 is a collective group of large and small companies that are pulling together to compete in an increasingly difficult and busy global market. Sanchez described that \u201CCatalunya Apps allows smaller companies and developing companies to be integrated with the larger companies, use our spaces, and share our software. Let\u2019s gather together and move in the same space. That\u2019s our vision.

Usually bigger companies want to kick the smaller ones out. We don\u2019t want to see smaller companies disappear. The bigger players we get the more credibility we have and the more small app developers we can help.\u201D


Inqbarna isn\u2019t the only large Catalan app company to commit to \u2018Catalunya Apps\u2019. Sixtemia, founded 5 years ago and now one of the largest working Catalonian app companies is also on board to help ensure the future of smaller Catalan app companies and developers.

Josep Boadas, Director of Sixtemia, told that \u201Cour companies aim is to allow small companies and users to create a professional looking app at an affordable price. This helps them to make their own apps that look more professional and the better quality and look of these apps helps them to stand alongside other more well-known apps.\u201D

Catalunya Apps: \u201Ca galaxy with a lot of small stars\u201D

\u201CIn Catalonia, there are a lot of companies, but not all of them can survive on their own. The idea behind Catalunya Apps is to create a group, with a quality brand, to help everyone gain success. We see it like a galaxy with a lot of small stars.\u201D

Boadas explained that he was hopeful of a bright future for Catalan app companies, saying \u201CI think apps are growing in general and also in Catalonia, although we have problems to face, particularly the smaller app companies starting up, such as expensive office space and developer costs, I think that together we can be successful.\u201D

Letsbasket app

One example of a more newly founded and smaller members of the \u2018Catalunya Apps\u2019 group is Letsbasket app, a very clever and user friendly app which is growing rapidly.

Vanessa Estorach, Director of Letsbasket app, described the app as \u201Ca basketball app developed for amateur users. It\u2019s really user friendly, so people such as coaches, family and friends of amateur teams, can use the app to gather important statistics from the games.\u201D

She highlighted her delight at being a part of the \u2018Catalunya Apps\u2019 group, stating \u201CI\u2019m proud to be a part of Catalunya Apps. We have come from 5 founders to a 40 company strong group \u2026 It\u2019s great to be part of a wider community, it feels more safe during difficult financial times and we are stronger collectively than we are apart\u201D

On a personal note for her application, she added \u201CWe are hoping to get the apps used by more teams, we are always in negotiations to get this application used by more teams and hope to make our app the main one used by all amateur teams in Catalonia.\u201D


Despite the prominence of the \u2018Catalunya Apps\u2019 group at the Catalan corner of the App Planet, there is plenty of evidence that success can still be found on your own. Quico Domingo, Founder and CEO of Soundkik, started his app company with no government funding, and is making his way without the protective umbrella of a larger associated group

He explained, \u201CWe started one year ago and are now using this Congress to raise more awareness of the app we have developed. Our application is a digital Jukebox, which brings together venues and users. The venue picks all the music and uploads it to a playlist, and the users can choose which song plays next. Not only this, users can dedicate songs to other peoples, their friends and partner\u2019s etcetera.\u201D

The app is one of the cleverest and most inventive apps on show, and it\u2019s potential if its success continues to grow is clearly evident. Domingo added, \u201Cwe are hoping to eventually allow people to dedicate songs to a person in the venue from their own home. We have some venues using our app in Barcelona, and now we are hoping to get more venues on board. We are hoping to develop a relationship with a bigger company with good relationship with venues to help us grow even further.\u201D

Standing Together

The Catalan section of the App planet is a great example that business does not necessarily have to involve stepping over smaller companies in order to gain success. In standing together, the Catalan App companies believe they have a greater chance of long term success and achievement than if standing alone.


  • Catalonia's stand at the App Planet (by B. Ramage)

  • A booth in the Mobile World Congress' App Planet (by N. Sinkeviciute)

  • Performers at the App Planet (by N. Sinkeviciute)

  • Catalonia's stand at the App Planet (by B. Ramage)
  • A booth in the Mobile World Congress' App Planet (by N. Sinkeviciute)
  • Performers at the App Planet (by N. Sinkeviciute)