Dev Tip: Calling All Innovators - It's Back And It's Bigger Than Ever!
Friday, 05 March 2010 09:05
Written by Apocalypso
The 2010 Calling All Innovators competition is now accepting entries through 18 May. Last year the competition attracted more than 1,700 submissions from 85 countries, and this year could be even bigger.
Entries may be submitted in any of four categories: Eco/Being Green, Entertainment, Life Improvement, and Productivity.
The prizes will include cash awards of up to $30,000; spotlight placement in Ovi Store; a user experience evaluation; and a free one year membership in Forum Nokia Launchpad, a premier program to accelerate mobile development and elevate business visibility.
Several of the winning apps in last year's Calling All Innovators competition are now available for consumers to download in Ovi Store. These include Tech Buzz Homescreen Widget, Pixelpipe for Share Online, and Florin Finance Tracker.
Save the environment, lift spirits, improve productivity, educate and contribute to a healthy lifestyle: Nokia wants 2010 to be a year of good ideas that make a difference in peoples' lives. Forum Nokia has also teamed up with Sesame Workshop, the producers behind Sesame Street, for the education subcategory of the life improvement category to encourage developers to create and offer applications to teach early literacy on Nokia devices to communities around the world.
Sesame Workshop will offer guidance during the judging process and work with select developers to further enhance relevant projects.
Calling All Innovators 2010 features four categories for submissions that enhance the use of Nokia mobile devices in real-world scenarios:
Eco/Being Green: apps that help to save the planet with innovative, eco-friendly uses.
Productivity: apps that make your life easier, and help you to be more efficient, such as utilities, business, or personal finance applications.
Life Improvement: apps that positively affect the daily lives of people living in developing countries by using the prevalence of mobile devices to teach children and illiterate adults critical skills, and agriculture health.
Entertainment: apps that bring out your inner rock star, and show off the coolest multimedia features, including music, multimedia and games - because mobile also has to be about having fun!
The collaboration will encourage developers to create educational applications, and possibly utilize the Sesame Street characters, for consumers around the world. As Sesame Street celebrates its 40th anniversary, this partnership helps to extend its “longest street in the world” into the digital one. With an expertise in using media to reach children, the nonprofit is looking to mobile as the newest distribution channel of literacy-based content through accessible mass media.
"With Forum Nokia's community - over four and a half million developers strong - we're challenging those particularly in emerging markets to create educational tools that make a positive impact," said Jeffrey Fleishman, assistant vice president for Media Distribution Business Development, Sesame Workshop. "We're looking for creators who can bring a fresh perspective and local knowledge to the growing field of educational mobile applications. Our goal is to find some partners with which we can work to extend the power of Sesame Street to new platforms and places."
One example is the regional Calling All Innovators contest taking place in Latin America at this time, where developers have been encouraged to publish their apps to Ovi Store. Finalists in this regional competition will automatically be entered into the global Calling All Innovators contest.
More details about all the categories for Calling All Innovators, special prizes and judges can be found on the contest web site at: www.callingallinnovators.com. Submissions from developers for the 2010 Calling All Innovators contest will be accepted starting on 1 February 2010. The submission deadline will be 18 May 2010.
More information about Forum Nokia's Calling All Innovators including video demostrations of the applications can be found online at www.callingallinnovators.com.