Nokia: Calling All Innovators, develop apps and get cash

Nokia has launched a campaign called Calling All Innovators, a global contest for mobile application developers of all kinds to do what they do best: create mobile apps that help change the world.

Calling All Innovators is kind of similar to that one program another large company did when it asked developers to make applications for its soon-to-be released open source mobile operating system. But Nokia’s is different. It has categories!

Developers who join Calling All Innovators are tasked to develop apps in one of the three following categories:

– ECO-Challenge: Make a difference by submitting an application that will work 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 of millions 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. From a single-purpose application to completely community driven, this developer’s showdown will help open consumers’ minds about what an application can do.

And now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk prizes. Nokia award up to $150,000 USD in cash and prizes, as well as help the distribute the winning apps through various distribution channels. There will be a total of three winners for each category, and the prize details are as follows:

First place in each category = $25,000 USD
Second place = $10,000
Third place = $5,000

All winners will also be given a free trip to Mobile World Congress 2009. Nokia is very generous.

The contest officially started on September 16 and will end on December 15, 2008 (due date of submitting applications). The winners will then be selected and announced in January 2009.

You can sit around and read this web site all day or you can check out more information (i.e. contest rules and requirements) at It’s your choice.

Author: David Gonzales

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