Could you use $10,000? Then you need to act fast and register for Rhomobile’s Mobile Application Development Challenge. The contest promotes the company's Rhodes framework, which enables devs to write apps once using HTML templates and run on the iPhone, BlackBerry and other top smartphones.
The deadline for registration is tomorrow; the deadline to submit your app is May 24.
Rhomobile created the challenge as a way to encourage devs to test drive the open-source Rhodes framework, says Adam Blum, CEO of Rhomobile. "With the Mobile Application Development Challenge, we wanted to create an opportunity for developers around the globe to discover what Rhodes is capable of, while providing an incentive to push their creativity and our framework to the limits."
Using Rhodes to code smartphone apps in HTML instead of native device operating system languages reduces development costs by up to five times and eliminates the need to develop specific applications for each mobile OS, the company says.
First prize is $10,000 and will go to the individual or company who builds an application that meets the judges' standards for originality, user experience, quality of code and just how well the app leverages the device's capabilities.
Other requirements are the app must run on two or more smartphone platforms, that the build versions be available for Windows Mobile, RIM and Symbian, and operate on synchronized local data via RhoSync.
Rhosync is Rhomobile's Web-service synchronization server designed for syncing with Software As A Service enterprise apps.
Additional prize packages will include an iPhone 3G 16GB, AT&T (HTC) Fuze with Windows Mobile, BlackBerry Storm, Nokia N97 and G2 Google Android phones. Rhomobile will announce the $10,000 grand prize on June 1, 2009 and the rest of the winners later.