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
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 www.orange.co.uk 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
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 www.forum.nokia.com. 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 www.forum.nokia.com and then download Nokia's Open C SDK
Plug-In for S60 3rd Edition at: www.forum.nokia.com/openc.
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
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 www.s60.com.
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.
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 www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com or the France
Telecom at www.francetelecom.com.
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: www.developers.orange.com. 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
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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.