Our Top Picks

10Pearls
10Pearls
  • Education
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Energy & natural resources
Brothers Imran and Zeeshan Aftab started the company in 2004 and were the original employees. These days they have offices around the globe including in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Medellin, Toronto, Karachi and Dubai.

The company has a strong focus on emerging nations and in 2019 was named one of the top B2B companies the world, with a focus on Latin America. It also has strong roots in digital transformation and is currently focusing on how its clients digitally respond to COVID-19.

Summary

10Pearls
10Pearls
  • Starting Price
    • $25 - $49 / hr
  • Address
    8614 Westwood Center Dr, Ste 540 Vienna, VA 22182
  • Number of Employees
    250 - 999
  • Phone Number
    703-935-1919
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development, Custom Software Development, IT Staff Augmentation
Industry Focus
  • Education
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Energy & natural resources
3Advance
3Advance Apps
  • Non-profit
  • Financial services
  • Gaming
A widely praised global boutique app firm, this company focuses on start-ups that wish to get online ASAP. Using what it terms “monthly sprints,” it focuses on creating a Minimal Viable Product (MVP) for each of its clients to get them to market as soon as possible. It continues to develop the site until a full operation is ready.

In May 2020, Clutch, the ratings and review site, named 3Advance Apps the Global #1 Boutique App Developer.

Summary

3Advance
3Advance Apps
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    1001 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 725, Washington, DC 20036
  • Number of Employees
    2 - 9
  • Phone Number
    202-709-3238
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development, Wearable App Development
Industry Focus
  • Non-profit
  • Financial services
  • Gaming
AgileEngine
AgileEngine
  • Financial services
  • Media
  • Transportation
Started as a two-person operation in 2010, AgileEngine has a global focus with offices in Argentina and the Ukraine. It works with companies on 360° video, BlockChain, cloud computing, videoconferencing, vehicle tracking, document and content search, data visualization and predictive analytics, to name a few areas.

In 2019, Clutch named it a top B2B company in Argentina and Ukraine and the number one Custom Software Developer in Argentina.

Summary

AgileEngine
AgileEngine
  • Starting Price
    • Custome quote
  • Address
    1751 Pinnacle Drive, Suite 600 McLean, VA 22102
  • Number of Employees
    250 - 999
  • Phone Number
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development, Mobile App Development, UX/UI Design
Industry Focus
  • Financial services
  • Media
  • Transportation
Blue-Whale-Apps
Blue Whale Apps
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Education
  • Business services
Founded in 2006, Blue Whale Apps has offices in Washington, DC, New York and Florida. The company works with organizations in the public sector, start-ups and established companies. It focuses on full-cycle application development (it has been developing apps since Google and Apple opened their app stores in 2008) and digital transformation for business.

That digital transformation includes website design and product marketing services. It pitches itself as helping clients develop whatever they need to prosper in a digital world.

Clutch has named Blue Whale Apps a leader in application development since 2015.

Summary

Blue-Whale-Apps
Blue Whale Apps
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    13800 Coppermine Road 1st Floor, Herndon , VA 20171
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    571-294-6158
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development, Web Development, UX/UI Design
Industry Focus
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Education
  • Business services
Chop-Dawg
Chop Dawg
  • Real estate
  • Consumer products & services
  • Health Care & Medical
Boasting 12 years of experience in this space, Chop Dawg has offices in Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Some clients ask Chop Dawg to build an app for them from the ground up, while others have an idea about what they want from the start. Chop Dawg developers brainstorm ideas with these clients and then set a price for the work so the clients will have an expectation of the costs they face.

Chop Dawg has received numerous awards for its work, including a Top Global B2B Company (Clutch), a 2019 Top App Developer (The Manifest) and a 2019 Top Mobile App Developer (Up City).

Summary

Chop-Dawg
Chop Dawg
  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20003
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    800-490-1476
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development, UX/UI Design, Web Development
Industry Focus
  • Real estate
  • Consumer products & services
  • Health Care & Medical
Conversion-Pipeline
Conversion Pipeline
  • Consumer products & services
  • Business services
  • Advertising & marketing
A Premier Google partner, Conversion Pipeline was founded in 2009 when two friends reconnected and decided to start their own company. Specializing in SEO in mobile and social media marketing, it also does website design and development.

It was named one of the 20 Most Promising Google Technology Solutions Providers by CIO Review Magazine in 2017 and was also chosen as one of the top advertising agencies in DC in 2018 by the Washington Business Journal.

Summary

Conversion-Pipeline
Conversion Pipeline
  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    11350 Random Hills Rd. Suite 800 Fairfax, VA. 22030
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    703-378-5278
  • Service Lines
    Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click, Public Relations
Industry Focus
  • Consumer products & services
  • Business services
  • Advertising & marketing
DMI
DMI
  • Government
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
DMI was founded in 2002 as a bootstrap operation by its current chairman and CEO Jay Sunny Bajaj. His vision was to launch a company that would become a worldwide leader in next-generation thinking and innovative technology solutions. The vision has largely come true as it has built websites or mobile apps for several well-known commercial enterprises and every single agency of the US government.

DMI recently won a Silver MUSE Creative Award, a global competition, in the creative marketing/website category. This was just one of many prizes that the company has won over its 18 years in existence.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    Tysons Corner 1600 International Dr., Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102
  • Number of Employees
    1,000 - 9,999
  • Phone Number
    703-782-0351
  • Service Lines
    UX/UI Design, Branding, Mobile App Development
Industry Focus
  • Government
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
Live-Typing
Live Typing
  • eCommerce
  • Other
Founded in November 2009 by Alexandr Kuznetsov, Live Typing is known for its work on web and mobile app interface design, UX analytics and UI prototypes and cross-platform mobile app development. Its portfolio includes over 200 successful website and mobile app designs and development projects.

Aside from work in the DC area, Live Typing also does a great deal of work in Russia and has consistently won awards as one of Russia’s top 10 mobile app companies.

Summary

Live-Typing
Live Typing
  • Starting Price
    • $50 - $99 / hr
  • Address
    9711 Washingtonian Blvd., Suite 550, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    495 204-3503
  • Service Lines
    E-Commerce Development, Mobile App Development, Web Development
Industry Focus
  • eCommerce
  • Other
Mindgrub
Mindgrub
  • Information Technology & Services
Founded by current CEO Todd Marks in 2002, Mindgrub quickly moved into the mobile applications field and grew from there. Its home base is in Baltimore, but it also has offices in Washington, DC, New York City and Philadelphia. These days you can turn to it for development, marketing and design in fields like learning systems, custom apps and virtual and augmented reality.

Mindgrub has won numerous awards over the years, including being named Tech Company of the Year in 2013 by the Maryland Tech Council, several Davie Awards and Leading Provider of SEO & UX Services in NYC by Clutch in 2018.

Summary

Mindgrub
Mindgrub
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    700 12th St. N.W. Suite 700 Washington, DC 20005
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    855-646-3472
  • Service Lines
    Web Development, Mobile App Development, UX/UI Design
Industry Focus
  • Information Technology & Services
Mobomo
Mobomo
  • Government
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Consumer products & services
Mobomo launched in 2009 on a kitchen table in Potomac, Maryland. Over the years it has developed a solid reputation for working with enterprise businesses and with government agencies such as Voice of America and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The company currently has US locations in Washington, DC, Denver, Colorado, and Nixa, Missouri. Mobomo has also moved into the Latin American market with offices based in Buenos Aires.

In 2019 the company won two top awards from the Acquia Partner Awards’ Public Sector, including Partner of the Year and Growth Partner of the Year.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    1600 Spring Hill Road, Suite 300, Vienna, Virginia 22182
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    888-676-1049
  • Service Lines
    Web Development, UX/UI Design, Custom Software Development
Industry Focus
  • Government
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Consumer products & services
Orases
Orases
  • Business services
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Non-profit
Orases recently celebrated its 20th year in operation. Founded by Nick and Amy Damoulakis in 2000 in Frederick, Maryland, it also has offices in Washington, DC. It has developed websites and applications, as well as custom software, for over 700 clients in a variety of industries.

Orases has been called a great place to work. It recently won a CEO Report Corporate Culture Award for the Baltimore and Washington areas.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    700 12th Street, NW Suite 700 Washington, D.C. 20005
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    202-600-9620
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development, Web Development, Mobile App Development
Industry Focus
  • Business services
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Non-profit
Savvy-Apps
Savvy Apps
  • Business services
  • Consumer products & services
  • Retail
Saavy Apps prides itself on building mobile apps for a variety of industries, especially start-ups and enterprise businesses. Launched in 2009 in Reston, Virginia, Saavy Apps has established relationships with many of its clients that understand that each time Apple or Google changes its App Store, older apps often require a tweak or an update. From that small beginning, Saavy Apps now has offices located in Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC, San Francisco and Raleigh.

Saavy Apps has won numerous awards, including a Webby Award and an Apple Editor’s Choice Award.

Summary

Savvy-Apps
Savvy Apps
  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    1850 Centennial Park Dr., Suite 100 Reston, VA 20191
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    703-544-9191
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development, Enterprise App Modernization, UX/UI Design
Industry Focus
  • Business services
  • Consumer products & services
  • Retail
Segue-Technologies
Segue Technologies
  • Government
  • Hospitality & leisure
  • Non-profit
With offices in Arlington, Virginia, and Dayton, Ohio, Segue Technologies has been designing custom software and providing data management solutions for its clients since 1997. It specializes in systems modernization and enterprise systems sustainment.

It has won a GovStar award, which honors local government contractors for their technology innovation, workplace environment, growth and veteran support. It’s also picked up awards as a great place to work from the Washingtonian magazine and the Virginia Business magazine.

Summary

Segue-Technologies
Segue Technologies
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    2300 Wilson Blvd. Suite 420, Arlington, VA 22201-5426
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    703-549-8033
  • Service Lines
    Web Development, Mobile App Development, Web Design
Industry Focus
  • Government
  • Hospitality & leisure
  • Non-profit
Technology-Rivers
Technology Rivers
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Education
  • Business services
Founded in 2015 and based in Reston, Virginia, Technology Rivers develops cloud-based custom software apps for its clients to use on the web or for mobile devices including wearables. It can also help clients with custom software development and design based on user experience.

In 2018 the review site Clutch named Technology Rivers as a Top Software Development Company in the Washington, DC, area. It also received awards for its work on custom software, Ruby on Rails, mobile apps and iPhone and Android apps.

Summary

Technology-Rivers
Technology Rivers
  • Starting Price
    • $50 - $99 / hr
  • Address
    12110 Sunset Hills Rd, #600, Reston, VA 20190
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    703-444-0505
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development, Custom Software Development, Web Development
Industry Focus
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Education
  • Business services
Viget
Viget
  • Non-profit
  • Consumer products & services
  • Health Care & Medical
Founded in December 1999 and based in Falls Church, Virginia, Viget also has offices in Durham, North Carolina, Boulder, Colorado, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Cofounder Brian Williams credits the experience he gained during the bursting of the dotcom bubble as fodder for the way he would operate Viget — as part of a better and less frantic digital world.

Working in a variety of areas including user research, analytics and optimization, application development and experiential marketing (to name a few), Viget has helped clients from many industry verticals. Viget has won many awards including numerous W3 awards, a Top Digital Award from Clutch in 2017 and CASE Circle of Excellence awards.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    105 West Broad Street, 4th Floor, Falls Church, VA 22046
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    703-891-0670
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development, UX/UI Design, Product Design
Industry Focus
  • Non-profit
  • Consumer products & services
  • Health Care & Medical

How We Chose the Top Mobile App Development Companies in Washington, DC

Over the past two decades, Washington, DC, has increasingly been hailed as a national hub for tech innovation. But it’s not Silicon Valley. DC has its own geography and rhythms. All mobile application developers featured in this article have received solid positive reviews from past and present clients and are among the best in the region. Whether you’re a start-up looking to develop a mobile app, wearable or website, you have a need for custom software or you’re an established firm that needs a technology upgrade, the 15 companies listed below are a great place to start your search.

Multiple Service Lines

A start-up may need something different from an enterprise business or a government agency. We looked at firms that offer a variety of service lines such as mobile app development, custom software development and UX/UI design.

Size of Firm

Companies that develop mobile apps come in a variety of sizes. Some are boutique operations and have a regional focus. Others are national firms that do business in DC and globally. Companies also charge different prices for different services. What works best for you? The more intimate operations of a boutique or the powerhouse workings of a large firm? Or something in between? You’ll find a variety of choices here for whatever your comfort level is.

Industry Focus

The firms listed below all have more expertise in a variety of industries. Some work more often with educational or health care operations, while others have developed mobile apps for well-known consumer chains. All our listings include those areas that these companies considered their strengths to help you decide what will be best for your business.

Questions to Ask Mobile App Development Companies

With so many mobile app development companies in Washington, DC each offering similar features, it’s important to ask the right questions during your initial discovery call or demo. To help you make the right inquiries, we put together a downloadable list of questions to ask your prospective mobile app developers.

Download the questions to ask mobile application developers