Nokia may not be as well known in North America as the Apples, Motorolas, or RIMs of the world, but they're aiming to help raise Nokia awareness with their latest team-up with AT&T. The two have come together to announce the 2010 Calling All Developers, North America contest with $10 million dollars in cash and prizes available. All you have to do is design a great app for Nokia and the Ovi Store by January 28, 2011 and, if your app is selected by Nokia, AT&T, and the users as the very best, you could be the big winner. There are 17 app categories to choose from, with the best app from each category winning its developer $150,000. In addition, the best overall game and best overall app will each win an additional $100,000. All of the details, judging criteria, and submission categories can be found right here. The full press release can be read down below.
This contest is a great move by Nokia and should definitely help get them some more name recognition stateside. There have been some rumors floating around that Nokia and AT&T will be doing more teaming-up in the future, possibly to release Nokia's hot new N8 in the states, which I would love to see. Nokia phones, at least the high-end ones, just don't get offered with carrier subsidies very often here in the U.S., which has contributed to their relatively small market share in North America. If any of you out there are planning on entering the contest, let us know down below. Good luck!
Nokia and AT&T give developers 10 million reasons to create apps
Calling All Innovators contest highlights mobile content for North America
San Francisco, CA, USA – Developers now have 10 million more reasons to create their next great app on Nokia smartphones. Nokia and AT&T* announced today an unprecedented developer contest with USD 10 million in cash and prizes. Winning applications are selected by Nokia, AT&T and, for the first time, by consumers who can use their downloading power to indicate their favorites.
The 2010 Calling All Innovators, North America contest is open to developers from around the world to create apps for North American consumers. All submitted apps will be made available exclusively for download via the Ovi Store by Nokia which is filled with thousands of apps, games and media from the content industry's biggest names along with independent developers. With AT&T as the exclusive co-judge, developers have a unique opportunity to get started today developing for the latest Nokia devices including the Nokia N8.
Nokia, in conjunction with AT&T, is also inviting developers to a free session, hosted during CTIA Enterprise and Applications in San Francisco, for a special tour of Qt and Nokia Web Runtime and Java tools. Additionally, each participating developer will receive a complimentary Nokia N8 developer pack from Nokia. Developers can register for the free session at:http://www.ctiaenterpriseandapps.com/events/eventdetails.cfm/1154
Calling All Innovators, North America
Developers have until January 28th, 2011, to submit their applications in more than 17 categories. For the first time, consumers will contribute to the finalist selection process by "voting" with their download power; the number of downloads - both free and paid - counts as part of the winning criteria. The final judging will be made by Nokia and AT&T where three winners in each category will be selected. Additionally, an overall contest app and game will be selected as grand prize winners. Category prize winners receive USD 150K each for a total of USD 4 million and grand prize winners receive an additional USD 100K each. Although submissions must be relevant for the North American consumer, developers from around the world can participate.
Winning developers will also receive more than USD 6 million in marketing promotion by Nokia and AT&T in the North American market.
"The commitment from Nokia is a clear message that we are serious about the North American market," said Purnima Kochikar, VP Forum Nokia. "Developers have the tools, the support from AT&T and the marketing power of Nokia to get visibility for their apps", she added. "Additionally, developers can make their Qt-based app available in Ovi Store to Nokia customers globally reaching tens of millions of customers."
Contest details, judging criteria and submission categories can be found at http://www.callingallinnovators.com/10M.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
About Forum Nokia
Nokia's global developer program, Forum Nokia connects developers to tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S., Europe, India, Japan, China, and Singapore, Forum Nokia provides technical and business development support to developers and operators to assist them in achieving their goal of successfully launching applications and services to consumers and enterprises. More information is available at www.forum.nokia.com.
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