Appcelerator have announced a Hackathon to test your development skills, open to all registrants to this year's CODESTRONG conference. The conference takes place in San Francisco from September 18. Contestants have until September 20, the closing day of the conference, to submit their applications. First prize is $10,000, with other cash prizes for second and third place.
Developers may work alone or in a team to build applications that target any one of the mobile and/or tablet platforms. Applicants are encouraged to use Titanium premium mobile APIs (available for a free 30-day trial at http://www.appcelerator.com/hackathon-account) or other Titanium extensions, and may use the Appcelerator community forum or any paid support subscriptions when developing their app. In addition, Appcelerator engineers will be available to support contestants during the CODESTRONG conference.
The judging criteria for the CODESTRONG Hackathon are as follows:
- Depth of integration with Titanium APIs: Does the application take advantage of the unique functionality such as native user interface elements, social networking or geo-location features offered by the Titanium platform? Does it leverage Titanium advanced APIs like push notifications, in-app purchasing or barcode scanning?
- Utility: Is the application useful to a consumer or business person?
- User Experience: Is the application easy to use? Is it graphically appealing?
- Level of Innovation: Is the application unique and innovative? Does it bring new functionality to mobile devices?
"The beauty of Titanium is that developers can leverage a host of modules, extensions and native capabilities to create incredibly innovative apps in a very short period of time,” said Nolan Wright, Appcelerator CTO and co-founder. “We are excited to showcase the latest and greatest in mobile development at CODESTRONG. We have a great line-up of judges from PayPal, Salesforce.com, Sierra and Storm Ventures, VentureBeat, and Appcelerator, and we expect to be blown away by our developers’ ingenuity.”