Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Nokia Developer Contest: Calling All Innovators

September 18, 2008

Nokia Launches Developer Contest
Competition to create mobile apps that will better society

Forum Nokia has announced Calling All Innovators, a contest for
developers to create mobile applications that will help to better
society. The contest challenges developers to think big about the
opportunity to impact the quality of human life with mobile
applications. Nokia will award up to $150,000US in cash and prizes, in
addition to helping the winning developers distribute their mobile

Calling All Innovators challenges mobile application developers
worldwide to create applications that will enhance the use of mobile
devices in real world scenarios, in one of the three following categories:

* ECO-Challenge. Submit an application that works to minimize
mobility’s global environmental impact and develop ways to offer
mobile solutions that help consumers make sustainable choices such as
reducing their energy consumption or carbon footprint.
* Emerging Markets. This category opens up new opportunities for
developers to imagine the possibilities of pioneering applications and
services impacting the daily lives in developing nations, which could
include solutions for education, health data access, infotainment,
rural agriculture, or any other application that improves lives in
emerging markets.
* Technology Showcase. This is an opportunity to create and
showcase compelling, experience driven applications, using any
technology that runs on Series 40 or S60 devices, such as Flash Lite,
Java, Python, or open source.

“Calling All Innovators is not just about making mobile applications
that could help society; it’s about developing mobile applications
that will help society,” says Forum Nokia’s Tom Libretto. “Imagine if
an application could help relief workers reallocate resources in real
time for disaster-torn areas — how much could that help both those in
need as well as the relief workers in the area?”

First place winners in each category will receive $25,000US, a trip to
Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona, and distribution of their
application for free through a variety of Nokia channels. Second place
winners in each category will receive $10,000US and third place
winners will receive $5,000US.

The contest opens on September 16, 2008 and all entries are due by
December 15, 2008. Finalists will be selected and notified in January

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