Forum Nokia Issues 'Open C Challenge' to Mobile Applications Developers Worldwide

$20,000 in Cash and Other Prizes for Developers Using Nokia's Open C

Plug-In to Build or Port Open Source Applications for S60 Smartphones

Jul 16, 2007, 01:00 ET from Nokia

    ESPOO, Finland, July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nokia (NYSE:   NOK)
 today announced the first 'Open C Challenge', a global contest for mobile
 application development for S60 on Symbian OS smartphones. It is aimed at
 encouraging open source and freeware developers to use Nokia's Open C
 environment, to create innovative mobile applications that will deliver the
 greatest value to S60 smartphone users worldwide.
     Sponsored by Nokia's global developer support program, Forum Nokia, in
 conjunction with Orange and the Symbian Developer Network, the Open C
 Challenge will identify and reward development and porting of mobile
 applications for S60. The Open C Challenge will enable developers to apply
 their desktop and open-source development skills using Nokia's fully
 supported Open C POSIX environment, which is built on Symbian's P.I.P.S.,
 to create and port mobile applications for next-generation devices based on
 the world's leading smartphone platform.
     Beginning immediately upon registration at, the
 Open C Challenge will provide developer contestants with webinars, training
 sessions, and peer-to-peer discussion boards to ease their migration from
 desktop to mobile application development and in porting open-source
 applications to Symbian OS using the Open C SDK Plug-In.
     Open C Challenge finalists will be invited to present their
 applications to a select panel of industry judges at the Symbian Smartphone
 Show in London on October 16th and 17th, with Grand Prize and Runner-Up
 Winners announced on October 17th. Contest winners will receive:
     - cash prizes totaling more than $20,000;
     - an exclusive invitation to distribute their application via the
 Orange Application Shop direct to Orange customers via or
 the Orange World wap site in the UK;
     - fast track premium membership in the Orange Partner programme for
     - free Symbian Signing for their winning application;
     - a free year's membership in the Forum Nokia PRO developer program;
     - additional Nokia marketing and business support.
     "Nokia's global invitation to millions of developers to take the Open C
 Challenge taps the exponential growth in open source and Symbian developers
 currently working on exciting new applications for smartphone devices,"
 said Lee Epting, vice president, Forum Nokia, Nokia's global developer
 program. "Identifying and rewarding the latest and greatest applications
 being built or ported with Open C will showcase the exciting growth in
 developer productivity that Open C is already driving in S60 smartphone
 application development worldwide."
     "The Open C Challenge offers a fantastic opportunity for the 55,000
 members of the Orange Partner programme to get involved in creating mobile
 applications for the Nokia open source platform," said Steve Glagow, VP
 Marketing Operations, Orange. "The Orange Partner programme is dedicated to
 helping to make mobile application development as easy as possible, to
 generate innovation and to ultimately deliver exciting products that meet
 the needs of our worldwide customers. We're looking forward to seeing some
 of the great applications that will come out from this contest."
     "Symbian welcomes the Open C Challenge to further encourage innovation
 from the open source development community," said Bruce Carney, director,
 developer program and services, Symbian. "Symbian and our worldwide
 ecosystem continue to make mobile development easier and more attractive
 for developers migrating existing desktop and server based applications to
 Symbian OS. The introduction of P.I.P.S. and Open C POSIX libraries,
 earlier this year will greatly assist competition entrants to mobilize
 their applications."
     Nokia's recently announced Open C Plug-In for the S60 3rd Edition
 Software Development Kit (SDK) is built on Symbian's P.I.P.S. and reducing
 the learning curve for desktop developers to implement business logic and
 other core components of an application.
     Enabling deployment of Open C projects on existing S60 3rd Edition
 devices, millions of which have already been shipped into the global
 marketplace, the Open C Plug-In utilizes eight standard C function
 libraries for easy migration of open source and desktop applications to
 Symbian OS, lowering the barriers to entry and shortening the learning
 curve for mobile application development.
     In addition, Open C delivers to developers significant portions of
 three open source projects - OpenSSL, GNOME, and LIBZ - providing the S60
 and Symbian developer communities access to middleware functionality that
 is shared by many important open source projects, including Apache and
     Nokia's Open C Challenge is open for registration to software
 application developers worldwide beginning Monday, July 9, 2007 at 9 a.m.
 EST at A total of up to five (5) applications may be
 submitted by contestants for consideration in two application development
 categories: 1) Porting existing open source assets to Open C; and, 2)
 Native Symbian C++ development in Open C.
     Contestants are encouraged to enter more then one category, with
 winning applications to be selected based on the judging criteria of
 Innovation, Quality, Usability, Creativity and Degree of Middleware
     Prior to completing a registration form online for each application
 submitted, participating developers must first register as a member of
 Forum Nokia at and then download Nokia's Open C SDK
 Plug-In for S60 3rd Edition at:
     Deadline for submission of all applications is September 14, 2007, at
 11:59 p.m. EST. Further information on the registration process, including
 description of entries, eligibility requirements, complete rules and
 details on prizes are available online at
     About S60
     S60 software built on Symbian OS is the world's leading smartphone
 software, and is licensed by some of the industry's foremost mobile device
 manufacturers. The flexibility of the S60 software allows for various
 hardware designs and software configurations, as evidenced by the multitude
 of S60 devices already available on the market. Through its award-winning
 user interface, extensive support for new mobile services and the
 innovation potential for partner solutions, S60 provides an open and
 scalable business opportunity for mobile operators and 3rd party
 developers. For further information and news about S60 and the S60
 community, please visit
     About Symbian
     Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses
 Symbian OS, the market-leading open operating system for advanced,
 data-enabled mobile phones known as smartphones.
     Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world's leading handset
 manufacturers and has built close co-operative business relationships with
 leading companies across the mobile industry. During Q1 2007, 15.9 million
 Symbian smartphones were sold worldwide to over 250 major network
 operators, bringing the total number of Symbian smartphones shipped up to
 31 March 2007 to 126 million.
     Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom, with offices in
 the United States, England, and Asia (India, P.R. China, Korea, and Japan).
 For more information, please visit Symbian.
     About Orange
     Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world's leading
 telecommunications operators with more than 161 million customers on five
 continents. In June, 2006, as part of the France Telecom integrated
 operator strategy (NExT programme) to deliver simple, convergent products,
 Orange became the single brand for mobile, internet and TV offers in
 France, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and in Spain, strengthening
 Orange's position as the number two mobile and internet services brand in
 Europe. In addition, Orange Business Services, which operates in 220
 countries or territories, became the new banner for business communications
 solutions and services.
     France Telecom (NYSE:  FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris Eurolist market
 and on the New York Stock Exchange. At March 31, 2007, the group had more
 than 100 million mobile customers, about 12.5 million internet customers
 and 48.5 million fixed line customers. In 2006, France Telecom had
 consolidated sales of 51.7 billion euros.
     Further information about Orange and France Telecom can be found on the
 Orange website at, or the France
 Telecom at
     Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this
 material are trade marks of Orange Personal Communications Services
     About Orange Partner
     Orange Partner is a global partner and developer program from Orange
 and the France Telecom Group. The program provides developers with online
 training, a research database, tools, testing processes, application
 programming interfaces and peer-to-peer contact via the Orange Partner
 website: It also provides access to Orange
 global development centres and a whole range of other support services to
 members of the program.
     About Forum Nokia
     Nokia's global developer program, Forum Nokia connects developers to
 tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can
 use to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the
 U.S., Europe, Japan, China, and Singapore, Forum Nokia provides technical
 and business development support to developers and operators to assist them
 in achieving their goal of successfully launching applications and services
 to consumers and enterprises. More information is available at
     About Nokia
     Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and
 growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. Nokia
 makes a wide range of mobile devices and provides people with experiences
 in music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games and business
 mobility through these devices. Nokia also provides equipment, solutions
 and services for communications networks.