Appcelerator Announces First-Ever “Mobile Dev Challenge” with $15,000 First Prize Plus a Pitch Meeting with Top-Tier VCs

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. – August 1, 2012 – Appcelerator®, the leading mobile platform, today announced its first-ever Mobile Developer Challenge.  Appcelerator is challenging its 300,000 mobile developers worldwide to create new, innovative mobile apps and expand the existing application universe beyond the 40,000 Titanium mobile apps in the wild today. 

Appcelerator will award over $30,000 in cash and prizes, and first-place and second-place winners of the best apps will join Appcelerator’s CEO Jeff Haynie on-stage at CODESTRONG 2012 in San Francisco to showcase their app to the conferences’ 500+ attendees. 

Judges include Appcelerator’s top-tier venture capitalists with representatives from Mayfield Fund, Relay Ventures, Sierra Ventures, Storm Ventures, and TransLink.  The two challenge winners will also have the opportunity to meet with this panel of Silicon Valley’s key investors and pitch their businesses for potential funding.

“Our developers never cease to amaze me with their creativity,” said Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what new, innovative apps and businesses they will create as part of this challenge.  It will truly be my pleasure to stand on stage at CODESTRONG next to the two challenge winners and help them launch their apps to the world.”

Top prizes include:

1st Place

  • $15,000 cash
  • Round trip to San Francisco to join Appcelerator CEO Jeff Haynie on stage to launch their app at CODESTRONG
  • A formal meeting to pitch your business to Appcelerator’s top Silicon Valley venture capitalists

2nd Place

  • $5,000 cash
  • Round trip to San Francisco to join Appcelerator CEO Jeff Haynie on stage to launch their app at CODESTRONG
  • A formal meeting to pitch your business to Appcelerator’s top Silicon Valley venture capitalists

Box Bonus Prize

  • $5,000 cash to the best app that uses the Box API

Apps can be built for consumers, businesses, or for social good.  Apps will be judged on the following criteria:

Depth of Integration

  • Does the application take advantage of the unique functionality offered by the Titanium platform? Does it leverage Appcelerator Cloud Services? Is it integrated with modules from the Open Mobile Marketplace?

Utility

  • Is the application useful to a consumer or businessperson? Does it achieve one of the two objectives of mobile apps (to help people make money or waste time)?

User Experience

  • Is the application easy to use? Is it appealing? Is it addictive?

Originality of Concept

  • Is the application unique and innovative? Does it bring new functionality to mobile devices?

Challenge is Now Open!

For rules and submission information, visit appcelerator.challengepost.com.

About CODESTRONG

CODESTRONG, Appcelerator’s annual mobile conference, will take place in San Francisco at the Intercontinental Hotel on October 21-23, 2012.  The conference will discuss the latest trends in mobile strategy and development, with two days of executive keynotes, 30+ breakout sessions, and a Hack to Help Hackathon.  Visit www.codestrong.com.

About Appcelerator

Appcelerator’s Titanium is the leading mobile platform of choice for thousands of companies seizing the mobile opportunity. With more than 40,000 applications deployed on 50 million devices , Appcelerator’s award-winning Titanium Platform leverages over 5,000  mobile device and operating system APIs to create native iOS and Android apps, and HTML5 mobile web apps. Customers who standardize on the Titanium Platform get to market 70% faster and can quickly optimize business results with analytics-driven insights into user behavior and app performance. Open and fully extensible, Titanium makes it easy to integrate data, content and services from a variety of sources into mobile applications to leverage best-of-breed capabilities. Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS) provides instant social, location, communication and content features for user-centric mobility. Appcelerator’s worldwide ecosystem includes 300,000 mobile developers and hundreds of ISVs and integration partners. Visit www.appcelerator.com.

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