Australian company Canva wins 2021 award for helping people connect in year ravaged by COVID-19

Three people were seated around a conference room table in Sydney when Cloth was born.

In ten years, that number has grown to 2,000 employees, and the Australian company has won an Apple award for 2021, for helping people connect during another year ravaged by COVID-19.

The numbers are “mind-boggling” for co-founder and CEO Cameron Adams.

Canva won an Apple Award for 2021. (Provided)

“We have created and uploaded millions of custom Zoom backgrounds to Canva,” said Adams.

“We have seen the number of videos created on Canva reach 2 million every day, which is just amazing.”

What started on the web now works natively on iPhone and iPad, and next year a dedicated Canva app is coming to Mac.

“Every second on an iPhone or iPad, we have 23 designs created,” said Adams, whose platform is now in use in 190 countries and in more than 100 different languages.

“That’s why 65 million people now rely on Canva to communicate effectively.

Canva app
Canva is now used in 190 countries and in over 100 different languages. (Cloth)

“It’s just a blur of design content.

“Since I spoke to you, something like 7000 designs have been created. “

Having invested heavily in improving its presentation, photo editing and video capabilities, Adams says 2022 will see the company double its education efforts.

65,000 schools and 150,000 nonprofits gained free access to “pro” features as part of Canva’s mission to “empower the world to design”.

“You can’t be a successful Australian tech company if you don’t think about the world, which is very different from places like the United States,” Adams said.

“Internationalization, localization into different languages, has been so crucial to our growth, which is why we make it such a big goal.”

Canva is also used in classrooms.
Canva is also used in classrooms. (Marc Santomartino)

Here’s the full list of Apple’s Trend Winners for 2021:

Among us! by InnerSloth
Jokes, bluffing, and teamwork are all essential to winning a match in the hit game Among Us!

Bumble, by Bumble Inc.
The dating app that puts women in the power of their conversations.

EatOkra, by Anthony Edwards Jr. and Janique Edwards
EatOkra has created a strong, user-focused guide to over 11,000 Black-owned restaurants that help people find tasty ways to invest in their community.

Peanut, from Peanut App Limited
Create a space for honest conversations about all aspects of womanhood.

Here’s the full list of Apple’s 2021 App Award winners:

• iPhone application of the year: Toca Life World, by Toca Boca.
• iPad application of the year: LumaFusion, by LumaTouch.
• Mac App of the Year: Craft, by Luki Labs Limited.
• Apple TV app of the year: DAZN, from the DAZN group.
• Apple Watch App of the Year: Carrot Weather, by Grailr.

Australia’s best free iPhone apps were dominated by COVID-19:

1. Express Plus Medicare
2. Register in Qld
3. NSW Service
4. Victoria Service
5.monGovID
6. Instagram
7. TikTok
8. YouTube: watch, listen, broadcast
9. Snapchat
10. Facebook

FILE - This August 11, 2019, a file photo on an iPhone displays the apps for Facebook and Messenger in New Orleans.  According to complaints filed by whistleblower Frances Haugen with the SEC, as well as drafted internal documents obtained by the Associated Press, the image of the emerging powerful Facebook is that of a struggling company in internal conflict, where data on the damage it causes is plentiful, but the solutions stop at best.  (AP Photo / Jenny Kane, file)
Facebook is one of Australia’s best free iPhone apps. (PA)

Meanwhile, the highest-paid iPhone apps in the country were:

1. WikiCamps Australia
2. The wonderful weeks
3. Monash University FODMAP Diet
4. TripView – Sydney and Melbourne
5. Forest – Your motivation to focus
6. Create a pocket
7. Rain parrot
8. TouchRetouch
9. AutoSleep Track sleep on the watch
10. 75 hard

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