Appecelerator: Let the Hackathon Begin, A Race to $10,000

As mobility becomes a significant parcel of the human race’s daily professional and personal lives, ocean of opportunities open up across the industry. One of which is mobile apps development,which has kicked off strong and is now luring businesses into the $6.8 billion market.  For this reason, mobile strategies now center on app advancement. Moreover, as mobile users now prefer apps over web browsing, jobs within this sector grows at a record pace, according to a recent employment report.

Today, Appcelerator brings forth a competition that hopes to discover fresh talent in the mobile applications development arena through the  CODESTRONG 2011 conference.

Appcelerator CTO and co-founder, Nolan Wright provided details on what developers should expect in this Hackathon:

“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. 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.”

Here are some noteworthy tid-bits of the Appcelerator-hosted event:

  • Date coverage: Mobile apps development will run for two weeks and will commence on September 6th and end on the 20th.
  • Eligibility: The contest is open to all CODESTRONG 2011 registrants.
  • Benchmarks: The apps will be graded according to the pre-defined CODESTRONG Hackathon criteria: depth of integration with Titanium APIs, utility, user experience and level of innovation. All submissions should be built on Appcelerator Titanium for Android and iOS platforms.
  • Grand Prize: The awarding will happen on the last day of the conference and top 5 selected will receive recognition. The champion will be rewarded with $10,000.
  • Helpline: Appcelerator engineers will be available all throughout the event to assist contestants.

Appcelerator Titanium showcases an open source platform for application developers. Other products and services offered by the company allow web and mobile developers to augment revenues by building instinctive and content-rich applications, save time by creating apps and deploying on multiple platforms in just a couple of days and avoid vendor lock-in and be able to maximize choices.

Appcelerator’s interest in the mobile enterprise began to take off early this year with the Aptana acquisition. Nearly a month following the purchase, they teamed up with Engine Yard to work on a joint mobile cloud solution.  The company got intensely serious whenthey launched services and products that focus on building, testing and deploying iOS and Android apps.

Appcelerator provides an avenue for bold and creative mobile apps developers who are seeking new ways to tackle the increasing growth of demands brought to surface by the popularity of smartphones and tablets.

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