SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Realm Systems announces the
start of Project BlackDog, a skills contest offering prizes in five
categories, including a $50,000 grand prize for the best application created
or ported to run on BlackDog(TM). The contest started October 15 and ends
January 15, 2006. Prizes will also be awarded for the most bugs reported that
are determined to be critical to BlackDog functionality. Hundreds of
developers have already received their units in anticipation of creating the
grand-prize winning application and being recognized at a key industry
BlackDog represents a new breed of device that redefines mobile computing.
BlackDog is a pocket-sized, fully self-contained Linux server with a built-in
biometric reader and Debian-based Linux operating system. Unlike any other
mobile computing device, BlackDog contains its own processor, memory and
storage, and is completely powered by the USB port of a host computer -- no
external power adapter required.
BlackDog offers open source developers an exciting new platform for
mobilizing software applications. "What started as a concept within our
engineering department grew into a revolutionary product offering for the open
source development community," says Steve McCool, Realm Systems Director of
Sales. "It can be programmed to carry the applications, data, web sites, and
desktop that users need wherever they may go."
First prizes will be awarded for applications in the following categories:
Security, Communications/Networking, Entertainment, Productivity, and Dogpile.
The Dogpile category is designed as a catchall for applications that do not
fit into the other four categories. The five first prize winners will be flown
to Open Source Business Conference ("OSBC") in San Francisco in February of
2006. The grand prize winner will be announced and will receive $50,000, while
the four runners-up will receive $5,000 each.
Project BlackDog is open to legal residents of the 50 States, excluding
its territories and possessions and the states of Maryland, North Dakota and
Vermont. Contest entry requires purchase of a BlackDog unit. Product
information, complete contest rules, and order information can be found at
www.projectblackdog.com. The Project BlackDog contest runs through January 15,
Realm Systems provides a next-generation mobile computing platform that
enables the management, securing, and mobilization of network endpoints,
simplifying the delivery of applications and services to authenticated end
users, wherever they may be. Founded in 2002, Realm Systems is privately held
and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with additional offices in Seattle,
Washington. For more information about Realm Systems, please visit
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