How We Chose the Best Mobile Application Developers 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.
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.
The 15 Best Mobile App Developers In Washington, DC
8614 Westwood Center Dr. Ste. 540
Vienna, VA 22182
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.
|$25-$49/hour||Mobile App Development, Custom Software Development, IT Staff Augmentation||>Number of employees: 250-999
>Notable clients: HughesNet, Johnson & Johnson, PayPal, CocaCola, AmWell, Docker, Hobsons, Intuit, Stripe, AARP, WeatherBug, Homeland Security, Zubie
>Industries served: Education, Health Care & Medical, Energy & natural resources
>More info at 10Pearls
1001 Connecticut Ave. NW Ste. 725
Washington, DC 20036
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.
|$100-$149/hour||Mobile App Development, Wearable App Development||>Number of employees: 2-9
>Notable clients: NPR, AARP, Special Olympics International, The Newseum, Octagon, The Newseum, Politifact, NNEDV, Ben's Chili Bowl
>Industries served: Nonprofit, Financial services, Gaming
>More info at 3Advance Apps
1751 Pinnacle Dr. Ste. 600
McLean, VA 22102
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.
|Not Provided||Custom Software Development, Mobile App Development, UX/UI Design||>Number of employees: 250-999
>Notable clients: Frichti, Verified First, Farmers Edge, Bleacher Report, Funny or Die
>Industries served: Financial services, Media, Transportation
>More information at AgileEngine
Blue Whale Apps
13800 Coppermine Rd. 1st Fl.
Herndon , VA 20171
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.
|$100-$149/hour||Mobile App Development, Web Development, UX/UI Design||>Number of employees: 10-49
>Notable clients: Jack Nicklaus Golf, Fox, Redbun, Avnet, HealthPro, Mead Johnson, NBC Universal, First Rate, Interactive One, Discovery Channel, Town Square Media
>Industries served: Health Care & Medical, Education, Business services
>More information at Blue Whale Apps
700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 2nd Fl.
Washington, DC 20003
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).
|$150-$199/hour||Mobile App Development, UX/UI Design, Web Development||>Number of employees: 10-49
>Notable clients: Mister Softee, PetKey, Cuzzo Trivia, University of Washington, Slay, Bizze, DemCon, Flynn O'Hara, Buddy Project, Knovi, Hilton, Six Flags
>Industries served: Real estate, Consumer products & services, Health Care & Medical
>More information at Chop Dawg
11350 Random Hills Rd. Ste. 800
Fairfax, VA 22030
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.
|$150-$199/hour||Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click, Public Relations||>Number of employees: 10-49
>Notable clients: Blackboard NV, Ryan Homes, Tulane University
>Industries served: Consumer products & services, Business services, Advertising & marketing
>More info at Conversion Pipeline
1600 International Dr. Ste. 500
McLean, VA 22102
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.
|$100-$149/hour||UX/UI Design, Branding, Mobile App Development||>Number of employees: 1,000-9,999
>Notable clients: Addison Lee, Aerosoles, African Wildlife Foundation, .NYC, AB InBev, Chico's, Identity Guard, McKesson, Rosetta Stone, Lexmark
>Industries served: Government, Retail, Manufacturing
>More info at DMI
9711 Washingtonian Blvd. Ste. 550
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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.
|$50-$99/hour||E-Commerce Development, Mobile App Development, Web Development||>Number of employees: 10-49
>Notable clients: Conde Nast, Lapka, Designet, Samsung, Ferrero, Mattel, Hasbro, Henkel, L'Oreal
>Industries served: eCommerce, Other
>More info at Live Typing
700 12th St. NW Ste. 700
Washington, DC 20005
Founded by current CEO Todd Marx 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.
|$100-$149/hour||Web Development, Mobile App Development, UX/UI Design||>Number of employees: 50-249
>Notable clients: Exelon, Wendy’s, DELL, Yamaha, Under Armour, Crayola, Adobe
>Industries served: Information Technology & Services
>More info at Mindgrub
1600 Spring Hill Rd. Ste. 300
Vienna, VA 22182
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.
|$100 - $149/hour||Web Development, UX/UI Design, Custom Software Development||>Number of employees: 50-249
>Notable clients: Voice of America, NOAA, GSA, LECET, MAXIMUS, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
>Industries served: Government, Health Care & Medical, Consumer products & services
>More info at Mobomo
700 12th St. NW Ste. 700
Washington, DC 21704
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.
|$150-$199/hour||Custom Software Development, Web Development, Mobile App Development||>Number of employees: 10-49
>Notable clients: Next Day Dumpsters, NPR, NFL, USA Football, MLB, US Lacrosse, Long Fence, Johns Hopkins, Orthocare Solutions, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
>Industries served: Business services, Health Care & Medical, Nonprofit
>More info at Orases
1850 Centennial Park Dr. Ste. 100
Reston, VA 20191
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.
|$150-$199/hour||Mobile App Development, Enterprise App Modernization, UX/UI Design||>Number of employees: 10-49
>Notable clients: Levi's, Toyota, PBS, NFL Player’s Association (NFLPA), Society for Human Resources (SHRM), BoatU.S., Motley Fool, Cato Institute, Homesnap, Share Our Strength (No Kid Hungry), Pocket Prep, The Draft Network
>Industries served: Business services, Consumer products & services, Retail
>More info at Savvy Apps
2300 Wilson Blvd. Ste. 420
Arlington, VA 22201
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.
|$100-$149/hour||Web Development, Mobile App Development, Web Design||>Number of employees: 50-249
>Notable clients: Air Force Research Laboratory, Federal Railroad Administration, Caring Village, The Marine Corps Range and Training Area Management System (MCRTAMS), ProcureLinx
>Industries served: Government, Hospitality & leisure, Nonprofit
>More info at Segue Technologies
12110 Sunset Hills Rd. Ste. 600
Reston, VA 20190
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.
|$50-$99/hour||Mobile App Development, Custom Software Development, Web Development||>Number of employees: 10-49
>Notable clients: Johns Hopkins Hospital, HIPAA compliance apps (including for CDC, Kidney Donor, Breast Cancer), Handwritten Greeting Card - Felt App
>Industries served: Health Care & Medical, Education, Business services
>More info at Technology Rivers
105 W. Broad St. 4th Fl.
Falls Church, VA 22046
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.
|$150-$199/hour||Custom Software Development, UX/UI Design, Product Design||>Number of employees: 50-249
>Notable clients: World Wildlife Fund, ESPN, Dick's Sporting Goods, Politico, Shure
>Industries served: Nonprofit, Consumer products & services, Health Care & Medical
>More info at Viget
Questions to Ask Mobile Application 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.