Nokia set Middle East developer challenge

Series 60 Challenge offers $30,000 in prizes for local software developers

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By  Graham Stacey Published  November 10, 2002

Nokia has challenged Middle Eastern software companies to compete with international developers and create advanced new applications for its latest and future generations of mobile phones. In launching the Nokia Series 60 Challenge Nokia hopes to encourage developers to create Symbian, MMS and MIDP Java applications for the Nokia 7650 and Nokia 3650 imaging phones, both of which are based on the Series 60 platform.

Middle Eastern companies will have two opportunities to win as prizes will be awarded for both the best local applications and the best in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Prizes for Middle Eastern winners will include: $5,000 for Best Java Application, $5,000 for Most Innovative Application, $10,000 for Best Symbian Application and $10,000 for Best Overall Locally Developed Application.

Jarmo Hostio, business development manager, Nokia Middle East, said: “We have seen tremendous growth in demand in the Middle East for mobile software. Following the success of previous contests, Nokia wanted to encourage developers in the region to create local software and software using local languages, including Arabic, Farsi and Urdu. Given the great talent based in this region, we look forward to the results of their creative efforts.”

Winners will also be able to showcase their winning application at a European trade fair during Spring 2003. The contest opened on November 8, and the last day to submit applications to the jury is December 31, 2003. Winners will be announced in February 2003. Siemens, as a Series 60 licensee, will also take part in the jury.

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