Ericsson Application Awards 2013 – 40,000EUR up for Grabs

Welcome to the Ericsson Application Awards 2013 – an opportunity for developers to gain exposure within the telecom world, a chance to reach out to customers via Ericsson distribution channels and a chance to win €25,000 in prize money.

Who can join the competition
The competition is global and open to both students and small & medium sized enterprises (< 100 employees). There are two categories: one for students and one for companies. For more details see Rules and Terms & Conditions.

The purpose of the theme “Apps for City Life” is to promote innovations towards the Networked Society by connecting people, things and places to empower individuals and society.

Develop an application based on the Android platform (Web or Native) that addresses the theme.
Submit an demo-video and a working prototype application by February 28, 2013.
The application must be an original work.

Prize table for each category:
1st place: EUR 25 000
2nd place: EUR 10 000
3rd place: EUR 5 000
4th and 5th place: Honorary Diplomas

The prize money will be shared equally among the registered team members. The winning teams will be contacted to ensure payment of prize. Winners will be announced on:

Deadlines 2013
February 28, 2013: Last date for Application Submission
March 1, 2013: Evaluation of entries
March 16, 2013: Announcement of semi-finalists (top 5) in each category
March 20, 2013: Global evaluation of semi-finalist entries
April 25, 2013: Announcement of finalist teams (top 2) in each category

Evaluation Process
The first evaluation phase results in the selection of the semi-finalist teams, the top 5 in each category. The second evaluation phase of the semi-finalist entries is will be evaluated by representatives from 3-4 countries globally and results in the selection of the finalist teams, the top 2 in each category.
The third evaluation phase will be done at the Awards Ceremony by a jury (panel of experts), who will

Evaluation Criteria
The submitted applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
– Android application (Native or Web)
– Addresses the theme “Apps for the Networked Society”
– Working application prototype
– Innovative solution
– Business potential

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Facebook announced last week a partnership with cloud application platform Heroku, a cloud application acquired by Salesforce last December, to help developers start working on their apps sooner without having to worry about finding a host. It will allow app developers to instantly create sample applications in their choice of language environment for free, rather than having to set up and pay for their own hosting right from the beginning. They’ll then be able to test common app functionalities and edit code to create a full-fledged custom Facebook app. Developers only need to pay if their app grows to a “large amount of traffic or users”
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Not Invented Here (NIH) Syndrome” is a slightly tongue-in-cheek name for the tendency of both individual developers and entire organizations to reject suitable external solutions to software development problems in favor of internally-developed solutions. Closely related to the “let’s re-invent the wheel” syndrome, NIHS can be seen in intensities ranging from a mild reluctance to accept new ideas all the way up to a raging software xenophobia. NIHS can be defined as a situation where an external solution is rejected only because it was not internally developed – in other words, there are no other factors that dictate an internally developed solution would be superior.
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WorldBank Apps for Development: $15,000 USD

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Removing/Blocking facebook applications

Facebook interface keeps changing and somethings get easier and some get almost difficult because its either hidden or not just as before. Since the presentation of the new style, i have had a little rough time navigating around the site. It was also tedious to remove an application from my profile and it took me some time to figure out the option that does the same. And since i have people asking how to do this because they are getting swamped with applications they either don’t like or don’t even use anymore, I decided to write this short post.
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