'Ricoh and Sun(TM) Java(TM) Solutions $100,000 Developer Challenge' Announced

Jun 27, 2005, 01:00 ET from Ricoh Corporation

    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
 superior solutions.
     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
     Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Java and the Java logo are trademarks
 or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and
 other countries.
     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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                Ricoh Corporation                    Peppercom
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