Coming up on March 18, iPhone Boot Camp, which styles itself as a community of several thousand mobile developers worldwide, will hand out its first annual Mobie Awards at the ThinkMobile Conference and Expo in New York City. The awards will be announced during a live evening telecast.
The competition, which ended on March 1, was opened to all portable device platforms, but virtually every category was filled with nominees for iPhone apps, which is hardly a surprise given the competition's sponsors. Jailbroken and Web apps were excluded from the competition.
The finalists, which are being announced today, include Monopoly, Electronic Arts (games), Ocarina, Smule (musical instruments), TED, VenueM (education), SmartTime Organizer, Left Coast Logic (productivity) and AP News, Mobile News Network (news).
Over the next year to 18 months, the competition for awards should heat up with the opening of app stores for Android, Microsoft, Palm, BlackBerry, Nokia and other platforms later this year, says Jonathan Sarno, executive producer of the Mobie Awards and founder of iPhone Boot Camp.
The general public and dev companies submitted their favorite apps to the contest and a panel of mobile developers will pick the winners. The sponsors of the Mobie Awards will announce the developers of the most popular apps in 29 categories such as games, travel, musical instruments, utilities, healthcare & fitness and news. The number of finalists in each category ranges from four (location-based apps) to seven (news). You can find the complete list of Mobie Award Finalists at the Mobie Awards Website.
The winning developers will receive a total of $50,000 in advanced mobile app training from the iPhone Boot Camp, a 3-day session for developers who create iPhone/iPod touch apps.