Feeds

Nokia dishes out $10m in developer prizes

Finns' sparkly balls come top

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Nokia is celebrating the fact that its Calling All Innovators competition finally brought in a majority of US developers, even if the grand winners were both from Finland.

Those two winning entries were: a game involving sparking orbs, called Sparkle, and a picture-filtering application called ShutterPro. These entries each win $250,000. The winners of the other 15 categories have to make do with $150,000 apiece, while assorted cash prizes and promotional opportunities are distributed to the lower ranks.

In the Ovi store, Sparkle proudly claims to be "[a] premium gaming experience exclusively for the new Symbian^3 smartphones", which is surprising when the title is also available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Bada and even WebOS. No doubt they're working on a Blackberry version too, but exclusivity wasn't a requirement for the competition, which was judged on Ovi download rate as well as the usual criteria.

Previous competitions have seen precious little innovation, with the winners being ports and pre-installed apps, but this year there is some genuine innovation in there. Check out the winner of the Social Media category, Different Tack, for something really new.

Nokia is very pleased to have attracted so many US developers, even if it gave the two top prizes to Finns, and the two runner-up prizes were dished out to Canadians. Americans won the majority of category prizes, and Nokia held the awards in Sunnyvale, California: showing how US-friendly it is.

Nokia tells us it is also delighted to see so many entries written in Qt. Qt has been Nokia's preferred development platform for while, as it compiles across Symbian and MeeGo devices, which would be top if only either of them had a future.

Across all the winners, and categories, there are prizes that (we're told) total $10m across the board. The majority of that is in promotional opportunities, training and suchlike, but there's a good deal of cash being handed over too, though it seems strange to reward success (in downloads) with more success (in prize money) when surely the most popular applications are those that least need the money to spur more development. ®

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.