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Calling All Innovative Programmers (and Innovative Programming Contests)

June 22, 2009

Congratulations to the winners in the recently completed Dr. Dobb's Deuce Challenge. ("Deuce" because it was the second such contest.) There were several categories in the event, including Best Game, Best One-Button Game, Best Total Conversion, and Best Game Starring Dr. Dobb's and the Defy all Challenges Crew. And the winners are (drum roll, please)...

  • Best Game Winner goes to Stan Patton for Block Rogue.  Stan took the Dr. Dobb's Challenge Deuce source code and turned it into a overhead block-moving puzzle, randomly generating block-puzzles within a randomly-generated dungeon. Block Rogue is a  hybrids of a rogue-like puzzle game.
  • Best Game Starring Dr. Dobb's and The Defy All Challenges Crew Winner is Georg Rottensteiner for Dr. Dobb's Challenge Remix with Dobb's Explorer. Dobb's Explorer is a Zelda-like dungeon explorer, using many of the Dr. Dobbs assets included in the original Dr. Dobbs Challenge game.
  • Best Total Conversion Winner was won by Kevin Bacha for Dot Killer, where the player's ship is controlled with the keyboard while multidirectional shooting is performed using the mouse.
  • Best One-Button Game Winner is Day of Ape Redux, an overhead-perspective stealth action game where the player takes the role of a group of apes attempting to save other jungle animals from evil poachers.
  • Second Runner-up accolades go to Hermanto Kurniawan for weyoweyo, a odd little game that asks you to blast a boy out of a cannon to smash cars.

Again, congratulations to one and all, and thanks for participating.

What! You haven't had your fill of programming contests? If that's the case, then you still have time to enter Forum Nokia' s Calling All Innovators that challenges mobile and web application developers to submit applications and ideas for use on Nokia devices in four categories:

  • Internet Innovation. You can submit either web applications known as Web Runtime widgets, or websites which are optimized for mobile browsing with Nokia devices.
  • Flash. You should submit your best application that expands the capabilities of Flash Lite on Nokia devices.
  • Emerging Markets and Mobile Necessities. Submit your most innovative application using Nokia platforms, ranging from SMS through Series 40 and S60 device platforms. All applications will be evaluated, including those developed using Java, Python, or other open source tools.
  • Apps on Maps. You can submit new ideas (completed apps are not necessary at this stage) that harness the power of location-aware services using Ovi Maps on Nokia devices.

Is it worth your time? Sounds like it to me. Total cash and prizes for contest winners are worth more than $250,000, with the top three submissions in each category receiving cash and prizes that include:

  • Grand Prize winner: $30,000 USD in cash.
  • 2nd Place: $15,000 USD
  • 3rd Place: $10,000 USD
  • In the Flash category, there is an additional prize of $10,000 USD.
  • And more!

But here's the kicker -- there's only a week left before you have to submit your entry. Submissions will be accepted until midnight (ET) on 30 June 2009.

For all the details on the Calling All Innovators contest, go to  www.callingallinnovators.com. Good luck and good coding.

 

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