Are you a synonyms ninja? The winners of our 2017 API competition are…
You are probably mostly familiar with Oxford Dictionaries as a dictionary, but we also provide language data for developers through an API, or ‘application programming interface’. Last month, we ran a competition for developers to create an app using our dictionary data. We weren’t sure what to expect – we’re still fairly new to APIs – but we were astonished by the range and quality of entries, from language games to sexual health apps.
So, without further ado…
Our first-place prize goes to Andrew Kim and Word Booster
As an English language student, Andrew often found it difficult to build his vocabulary. Pooling over wordlists with no context was difficult and boring, and trying to read and look up all the words in a book took a lot of time – as you can imagine! His solution was Word Booster, which helps users to create a word list and vocabulary quiz from almost any web page.
Best original idea: Synonyms Ninja by Jason Sears
It is very hard to stop playing this addictive game. To play, choose a word and click through its synonyms to try to reach its antonym. Try ‘big’ or ‘happy’ to get started, and ‘left’ for even more of a challenge.
Best communications tool: Sex eLimu by Hudson Asiema
We were very impressed with Sex eLimu, an app that lets Kenyan Sign Language speakers search for the definitions of Sexual Reproductive Heath words through video content.
Best game: Covert Word by Lawrence Kneebone
A real workout for the brain, the aim of Covert Word is to guess a secret word. Each time you guess a word, the game tells you how many correct letters you have. We can’t wait for its publication!
Best language-learning app: WITMO by Sagar Sodah
Most of us use Facebook messenger for talking to friends, but Sagar has gone a step further in utilizing it as a language-learning tool. As well as asking WITMO ‘what is the meaning of…’ (from which the app gets its name), you can ask it for synonyms, antonyms, and to translate a word into a range of languages, from Spanish to Romanian and Malay.
We were very impressed with the variety of entries we received, and would like to thank everyone who entered. If you are interested in using our language data for your app or programme, visit developer.oxforddictionaries.com or contact us.