Let the Race Begin – Appcelerator Announces its Inaugural Hackathon

Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — Appcelerator®, the leading mobile cloud platform for rapidly developing native mobile, desktop, and tablet applications using web technologies, today launched its CODESTRONG™ Hackathon. The developer contest, which is open to all CODESTRONG 2011 conference registrants, will award cash and prizes, including a $10,000 grand prize to the developer or team who creates the most innovative mobile app on Appcelerator’s Titanium™ platform.

The contest begins today, and concludes Tuesday, September 20th, when applicants submit their entries to CODESTRONG Hackathon judges. To participate, developers must register at CODESTRONG 2011 on September 19th at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco, start building their application on or after September 6, and then submit their entry at the conference by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on September 20th. Cash and prizes for the top 5 most innovative and useful apps will be awarded on September 20th at 6:00 pm.

Developers may work alone or in a team to build applications that target any one of the mobile and/or tablet platforms. Applicants are encouraged to use Titanium premium mobile APIs (available for a free 30-day trial at http://www.appcelerator.com/hackathon-account ) or other Titanium extensions, and may use the Appcelerator community forum or any paid support subscriptions when developing their app. In addition, Appcelerator engineers will be available to support contestants during the CODESTRONG conference.

The judging criteria for the CODESTRONG Hackathon are as follows:     Depth of integration with Titanium APIs: Does the application take advantage of the unique functionality such as native user interface elements, social networking or geo-location features offered by the Titanium platform? Does it leverage Titanium advanced APIs like push notifications, in-app purchasing or barcode scanning?     Utility: Is the application useful to a consumer or business person?     User Experience: Is the application easy to use? Is it graphically appealing?     Level of Innovation: Is the application unique and innovative? Does it bring new functionality to mobile devices?

“The beauty of Titanium is that developers can leverage a host of modules, extensions and native capabilities to create incredibly innovative apps in a very short period of time,” said Nolan Wright, Appcelerator CTO and co-founder. “We are excited to showcase the latest and greatest in mobile development at CODESTRONG. We have a great line-up of judges from PayPal, Salesforce.com, Sierra and Storm Ventures, VentureBeat, and Appcelerator, and we expect to be blown away by our developers’ ingenuity.”

The 2011 Hackathon judges are:     Nolan Wright, Appcelerator     Tony Guntharp, Appcelerator     David Carroll, Salesforce     Tim Guleri, Sierra Ventures     Ryan Floyd, Storm Ventures     Praveen Alavilli, PayPal     Jolie O’Dell, VentureBeat

Participants developing apps at CODESTRONG are expected to bring all tools and software necessary to build their app. All submissions must be localized in English, and built on Appcelerator Titanium for iOS and Android platforms. Entries cannot be under development prior to the contest kickoff of September 6th. Therefore, any apps that have code libraries or artifacts prior to this date will not be eligible. For a full list of contest rules, please visit: http://codestrong.com/. For specific questions, email codestrong(at)appcelerator(dot)com.

About Appcelerator Appcelerator is the leading enterprise-grade, cross-platform development solution on the market today, with over 1.5 million developers using its software to power over 25,000 cloud-connected mobile, desktop, and web applications used by tens of millions of users every day. The company’s flagship offering, Appcelerator Titanium, is the only mobile cloud platform to enable fully native, cross-platform development, from a single codebase, at web development speed for these three platforms. Appcelerator’s customers can leverage their existing skills and open, industry standard technologies to decrease time-to-market and development costs, increase customer adoption and revenues, and enjoy greater flexibility and control.

About CODESTRONG CODESTRONG is Appcelerator’s first-ever developer conference, and will take place in San Francisco at the InterContinental Hotel from September 18-20. The conference will focus on the latest innovations in mobile and web development, with more than 2 days of compelling keynotes, over 25 breakout sessions, networking with 500+ mobile developers, and – to cap the conference off – a late-night hackathon. For more information, visit: http://codestrong.com/

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