If announcing the Android mobile handset open source software development kit (SDK) wasn’t enough for Google (www.google.com) today, the company is putting up $10 million in cash prize money for Android developers.
The Android Developer Challenge is designed to support the developer community and spark innovation on the Android open mobile platform, announced last week in conjunction with the Open Handset Alliance. Cash prizes from $25,000 to $275,000, with applications picked by a panel of judges. Submissions for the first round of Challenge I will be accepted from January 2 through March 3, 2008, with the 50 most promising entries recognized by the end of March. Each of the first round entry winners will receive $25,000 awards to fund further development.
Round two of Challenge I is more complicated. The 50 entries get to apply again by May 1, 2008, with the top 10 getting $275,000 each, and the next 10 receiving $100,000. Awards for round two of Challenge one will be done by the end of May 2008. A Challenge II will launch after the first handsets built on Android become available in the second half of 2008.
A panel of technology and mobile experts selected from the Open Handset Alliance member organizations and the industry in general will judge all qualifying entries. Awards will be given to the developers whose applications leverage all that the Android platform has to offer in order. Finally, developers retain all intellectual property and other rights to their applications, so even if they don’t win an award, they can still make some money from their work.
By Doug Mohney
yankandpaste from :http://vonmag.com/editorial/web-exclusives/google-jumpstarts-handset-developers-with-10-million-challenge
Open handset alliance : http://www.openhandsetalliance.com/index.html