SAN FRANCISCO, June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Ricoh Corporation, the leading
provider of digital office equipment, and co-sponsor, Sun Microsystems, today
announced the Ricoh and Sun(TM) Java(TM) Solutions $100,000 Developer
Challenge at the JavaOne[sm] Conference. This program is designed to
encourage creative submissions for both commercial and open source software
applications that provide solutions that will run on the Ricoh Embedded
Software Architecture platform. Participants in the Developer Challenge must
be Premier Plus members in good standing of the Ricoh Developer Program
Ricoh understands that the key to success is through continued and
expanded research and development activities. By opening up its platform to
third-party developers, the Ricoh Premier Plus Developer can tap into a wealth
of knowledge and expertise to further enhance and encourage the development of
Ricoh and Sun Microsystems will start taking entries for both categories
on June 27, 2005. Entries into the best viable Commercial Solution category
will be judged by perceived and expected success in the commercial
marketplace, and will remain the exclusive property of the participant. Most
useful Open Source Solution category entries may be for small or large
applications and will be judged on their perceived and expected benefit to the
community of Ricoh Embedded Software Architecture and Sun Microsystems
Java(TM) Micro Edition developers. All signed application and registration
forms must be received by December 31, 2005.
"Ricoh's dedication to research and development has been able to propel
our company forward and create advanced and innovative technology. We are
pleased to work with Sun Microsystems to cultivate this challenge.
Demonstrating our ongoing commitment to providing customers the best solutions
in the marketplace, the Ricoh and Sun Java(TM) Solutions $100,000 Developer
Challenge encourages developers to continue to create superior solutions for
commercial and open source software programs," said Hede Nonaka, vice
president of marketing, Ricoh Corporation.
"The Java economy is thriving and is estimated to be a $100 billion market
annually," said Mark Herring, Sr. Director of Java Brand Marketing, Sun
Microsystems. "Working together with Ricoh to promote the Developer Challenge
both strengthens the Java community, and affords developers the opportunity
for entrepreneurship in bringing to market innovative, Java technology-based
business and consumer applications."
Winners will be announced at the Ricoh Developer's Conference,
April 18 - 20, 2006.
The Grand Prize for the Commercial Application includes a $50,000
marketing fund, choice of a Ricoh Multifunction Product (MFP), a one-year
maintenance contract and certification of the solution if the solution can be
placed on the pricing pages of Ricoh and its subsidiaries and a Sun
Workstation. Second Prize is a mid-range Ricoh MFP ($18,000 MSRP) with a
one-year maintenance contract, and Third Prize is a low-volume Ricoh MFP
($12,000 MSRP) with a one-year maintenance contract.
Grand Prize for Open Source is $5,000 and a Sun Microsystems sponsored
trip to JavaOne 2006. Second Prize is $3,000 and Third Prize is $2,000.
For more information on how to sign up for the Developer Challenge, visit
https://developersupport.ricohcorp.com/index_USA.asp. Log onto the Web site
with your Premier Plus user name and password, then follow the prompts to
register for the Ricoh and Sun Java(TM) Solutions $100,000 Developer
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About Ricoh Corporation
Ricoh Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary
of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 69-year-old leading supplier of office automation
equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2004 sales in excess of
$17 billion, a 1.9 percent increase over the previous year.
Ricoh Corporation is a leading provider of document solutions. Ricoh's
fully integrated hardware and software products help businesses share
information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the
input, management and output of documents. Ricoh's line of document
management devices include, color and black & white digital imaging systems,
facsimile products, printers, scanners, digital duplicators and wide format
engineering systems. Additionally, Ricoh offers a wide variety of document
and printing solutions directly and through strategic alliances enhancing
office productivity and document workflow. Ricoh's document management
software enhances workgroup collaboration and offers secure storage, retrieval
and sharing of critical information.
Ricoh Corporation directly or through its subsidiaries markets and
distributes products in North, Central and South America. For fiscal year
2004, Ricoh Corporation sales exceeded $2.9 billion, an increase of
6.9 percent over the previous year.
Information about Ricoh's complete range of products and services can be
accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.ricoh-usa.com.
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