Ifbyphone, a developer of voice broadcast and conference calling apps, is promoting what it calls a "stimulus package" for iPhone developers. The company will award an unspecified number of developers $1,000 apiece for the most innovative Ifbyphone-to–iPhone mashups.
"We will judge based on a few characteristics," CEO Irv Shapiro explains. "Most innovative use of our platform, most creative mashup, most likely to solve a business need and most likely to be broadly downloaded. We are not limiting ourselves to choosing only one winner for this contest. There could easily be many winners."
Ifbyphone has two free apps in App Store: Conference Call and Voice Broadcast. Shapiro says the company plans to release the contest winners' completed apps into the App Store, free, as well.
"We gave away our last last two apps and [it] helps to drive broad awareness for our company," Shaprio says. "We want to avoid the possibility that revenue from the app might outstrip the amount we award to the designer. That could cause hard feelings that we'd rather avoid."
Shapiro believes a developer could complete a simple mashup app in as little as two hours, and a more complex app in five to eight hours. "No polishing required, which will save a developer some time, but the code does have to work and be well-commented," Shapiro says. "The net could be a decent economic supplement for a developer who is trying their hand at iPhone development and certainly a nice bonus for an evening's work."
Ifbyphone is soliciting applications from developers for consideration now through April 30, 2009. Full details of the program and the tools to begin development are available at Phonemashup, a forum for the API and iPhone development tools.