London App Contest

smartcitychallengeGot an idea for an app that targets London? Venturespring and Tech London have a new contest sponsored by IBM.

Create an app that solves some of problems faced by today’s cities and you could receive up to £750,000 of investment via Venturespring and £100,000 of business acceleration support. As the contest is sponsored by IBM, the solution needs to use IBM’s Bluemix platform.

There are more details on the Tech.London web site.

Mobile Monday MWC Stand Competition Finals

mobilemondaylondon.gifThis evening I was at Mobile Monday London where the MWC Stand Competition Finals were being held. The following short listed companies competed for UKTI / ICT KTN free stand space at Mobile World Congress in 2014…
  • Nquiring Minds – Nick Allot
  • Viewranger – Ben Howard (Winner)
  • Capito Systems – Tony Ballardie (Winner)
  • 23snaps – Meaghan Fitzgerald (Winner)
  • 5Tiles – Michal Kubacki and Piotr Pieczynski (Winner)
  • Peachinc – Daniel Morris (Winner)
  • Spatial Buzz – Leon Hardwick
  • Coveritas – Sean Redmond
  • Design for Social Change – Priya Prakash
  • Red Glasses – Adam Martin

I was particularly impressed with Spatial Buzz that solves a problem I have very recently experienced myself – knowing if/why a telco network is down and feeding back information to the telco. At first I was very sceptical as I have seen, first hand, how difficult it can be to get multiple parts of a large telco to cooperate and share information. However, I was impressed when they said they were already working with Telefonica and Tesco in the UK. Sadly, Spatial Buzz didn’t win a place.

I am not sure if it was the nature of the competition, the short listing or the the prize itself but nearly all the companies said they were looking for ‘partners’ (rather than ‘customers’) to help grow their businesses. Also, none of them were a pure app selling or freemium proposition – which are probably less viable business models now apart from a few exceptions.

dotMobi’s new goMobi Competition

gomobi.gifdotMobi have a new "Web-based service that lets developers create mobile sites that appear correctly on all phones across all carriers".

To promote the service they are having a competition with the winners receiving 100 free goMobi accounts to create mobile sites for their clients and to get exposure through PR activities. You…

"…sign up at the contest Facebook page, they will get a free goMobi trial account. Entries will be judged on creativity in using the advanced designer features of goMobi, degree of positive end-user mobile experience, and technical skill."

Vodafone Developer Competition Sting

vodafone.jpgIt has has been pointed out to me that there’s a Vodafone BlackBerry Storm Developer Competition

"…the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win 50,000 euros – the three best software applications will be provided as downloads for all users in the BlackBerry Application Center"

However, beware. The dark side of this is the Terms & Conditions

"The winners acknowledge VF’s rights of usage (reproduction, duplication, distribution, publication, transmission, presentation, promotion, etc.) pertaining to the respective applications for all currently known forms of utilisation exclusively, in full, and without any limitation of content, regional restraints or time limits."

…and furthermore…

"VF is authorised to exploit any or all applications in conjunction with other works, and also to process, subsequently modify, enhance or expand the respective applications as they see fit. As the granting of rights detailed above is equally applicable to the relevant object and source codes of the respective applications, the winners are bound over to provide VF, on request, with the object and source codes free of charge."

Reading this, if you were to ‘win’ 1st prize of 50,000 Euros, you are giving your application away to Vodafone for this sum. It’s even worse if you ‘win’ 3rd place – only 5,000 Euros for all your intellectual property. Unbelieveable.

Sony Ericsson Content Awards

sonyericsson.gifThere are just four more days left to enter the Sony Ericsson Content Awards for which I will be one of the judges. This year the awards are open to anyone, not just Sony Ericsson partners.

There are seven categories that will be evaluated in terms of ease of use, entertainment factor, innovation, look and feel, uniqueness, creativity and audio performance… 

  • Being Productive
  • Going Green
  • In-Car applications
  • Mobile Entertainment
  • Lifestyle Experiences
  • Themes & Graphics
  • XPERIA X1 Panels

As with the Symbian Partner event mentioned yesterday, this is a great opportunity to get your application seen by the people who matter. The content awards web site says…

"Winning a category in this year’s Sony Ericsson Content Awards ensures that you will meet members of Sony Ericsson’s senior management and potentially change the future path of your company. Submitting your content by November 30, 2008 puts you in the running to win this prize of an exclusive, behind-the-scenes trip to discuss business with Sony Ericsson’s content decision makers."

You can submit market-ready applications, games, graphics or services. This includes Java ME, UIQ 3 and Windows Mobile applications. The competition closes November 30, 2008. 

Sony Ericsson Content Awards

sonyericsson.gifI have been invited to be a judge for this year’s Sony Ericsson Content Awards. This year the awards are open to anyone, not just Sony Ericsson partners.

There are seven categories that will be evaluated in terms of ease of use, entertainment factor, innovation, look and feel, uniqueness, creativity and audio performance… 

  • Being Productive
  • Going Green
  • In-Car applications
  • Mobile Entertainment
  • Lifestyle Experiences
  • Themes & Graphics
  • XPERIA X1 Panels

You can submit market-ready applications, games, graphics or services. This includes Java ME, UIQ 3 and Windows Mobile applications.

The competition closes November 30, 2008. You can obtain more details via the Sony Ericsson Content Awards website.