The software development community is all abuzz with the news of yet another challenge from Qualcomm (News - Alert), Inc. This time they have to develop innovative, original Android apps using the Alljoyn Software Development Kit (SDK), to be made available by the company's innovation center (QuIC).
AllJoyn is an open-source application development framework that enables proximity-based device-to-device communication that connects people in real time.
The scope of AllJoyn allows for exciting user experiences that can range from gaming and entertainment to productivity tools and social networking.
"The possibilities are endless and we are excited to see what type of creative and unique apps come out of the challenge," said Liat Ben-Zur, senior director of software strategy and business development for Qualcomm.
The 2012 AllJoyn Peer-2-Peer App Challenge will have developers from many countries across the globe exercising their gray cells to integrate AllJoyn peer-to-peer functionality into a new or existing Android (News - Alert)-based application.
Some of these may be selected for promotion, exposure and recognition by Qualcomm.
Developers will be competing for total cash and prizes worth more than $170,000 and prizes will be awarded in three categories: Best Game, Best Social App and Best Educational App. The apps will be evaluated by a panel of experts.
Criteria for evaluation will include quality of the app and ease and appeal of the user interface, uniqueness, overall app experience and how well and to what extent the AllJoyn technology has been used. There are prizes for the Best overall apps, Best Multiscreen experience apps and the most popular apps, which will be decided by public vote.
To be eligible for the competition, the participant must be 18 years or older. Last date for submissions is December 27, 2012.
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Additional details and rules, including candidate eligibility and submission guidelines, can be found at the alljoynapp challenge website.
Qualcomm Incorporated announced the North American regional winner of its 2012 QPrize venture investment competition. MightyText, based in the Silicon Valley, earned top honors among a field of eight competing North American companies and was awarded $100,000 in venture financing to help them expand their business.
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