Two years ago, in an effort to attract more users to plugin development, we ran an experimental contest, dubbed the IntelliJ IDEAL Plugin Contest. The results were impressive: dozens of new high-quality plugins, which have proved extremely popular with the community. This momentum was too good not to build on, so, it became an annual Plugin Contest!
This year we are raising the bar and giving away over $66,000 (US) in cash and software to the developers of plugins that are judged the best.
All Java developers are encouraged to compete for over $15,000 in cash prizes and more than $51,000 in software licenses.
September 15 marked the official start of JetBrains third annual IntelliJ IDEAL Plugin Contest.
We will reward seven of the best contributions with cash and free software licenses:
• Grand Prize: $7,000 + Grand software license pack
• Second Prize: $4,000 + Deluxe software license pack
• Third Prize: $2,000 + Super software license pack
• Team Leader's Personal Prize: $1,000 + Special free software license pack
• Honorable Mention (3 awarded): $350 Amazon.com gift certificate + free software license pack
Java development tools are kindly furnished by third-party companies sponsors which include Atlassian, Excelsior, ej-technologies, FormDev Software, ProductiveMe and MB Technologies (for details on software prizes, please visit http://plugins.intellij.net/contest/prizes/).
In addition, all valid submissions with non-trivial functionality will receive a commemorative contest T-shirt.
The contest kicked off September 15, 2008. Final code and collaterals must be submitted by December 15, 2008. Winners will be contacted by e-mail, and the winners list will be posted on the contest home page and announced in JetBrains blogs and RSS feeds on January 30, 2009.
Where do I go
For full contest details, prize info, official rules, submission procedures, etc, visit http://plugins.intellij.net.
We invite you to spread the word and consider entering the contest yourself. We're really looking forward to seeing what cool stuff people come up to make your (and our!) favorite Java IDE even smarter and more productive.
Also, consider visiting the Plugin Wish List available at http://plugins.intellij.net/wishlist. Submit your feature requests and/or vote for others' requests to help plugin developers move in the right direction and benefit our community.
Give it your best shot – earn the recognition of your peers, add to the community's development toolbox, and win a cool prize!