Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) today announced its Motorola Virtual Developers' Contest for the J2ME™ Platform, intended to be the first of three Internet-based contests designed to challenge developers to create applications for Motorola's recently announced multiple communications and computing handset platform for iDEN networks. The new platform incorporates Java™ 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME), an open software environment that enables secure, dynamic downloading of applications to a range of wireless devices.
The Motorola Virtual Developers' Contest was inspired by the success of the "Motorola Jam Session for the J2ME™ Platform" developers' contest held during Sun Microsystems' annual JavaOneSM conference in June. The contests are planned to coincide with Motorola's upcoming developers' conferences in San Diego (August 13-16, 2000), as well as subsequent conferences in Europe and Asia in the coming months. Contestants can download the software developers' kit (SDK), view official rules, register, and submit their applications online through the web site www.idendev.com.
The first virtual contest will kick off July 14, 2000 and end on August 6, 2000. During that time, developers are invited to develop and submit applications for Motorola's new J2ME technology-enabled multiple communication and computing handset platform. This platform represents a new direction for the wireless communications industry that can add another level of productivity for mobile users and help create revenue opportunities for manufacturers, network operators and application developers.
The new handset platform uses Motorola's iDEN® technology which enables users to make and receive phone calls, instantly communicate with one or hundreds of individuals with the touch of a button, receive text messages, access Internet information(a), send and receive e-mail(a) and allow the phone to function as a wireless modem(a). With J2ME technology, future iDEN multiple communications phones can run local and network-based Java technology-based applications, which can allow enterprises to extend their networks to the mobile environment.
At the close of the first Motorola Virtual Developers' Contest, a panel of judges plans to select five finalists, each of whom will receive a free trip to San Diego(b) to attend the Motorola Developers' Conference. Once there, the finalists' applications will be loaded to Motorola's new phone, and the finalists will have the opportunity to present their applications to the judges. Entries will be judged on creativity (25%), originality (25%), usability (25%), and robustness (25%).
The grand prize winner will receive a $7,500 USD gift certificate to Best Buy and a pair of current Motorola multiple communication handsets of their choice with one year of service (approximate retail value: $9,580 USD). The first runner-up will receive a pair of Motorola multiple communication handsets of their choice with one year of service (approximate retail value: $2,080 USD).
The contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents over the age of majority. To register, visit www.idendev.com. For official contest rules, visit
http://idenonline.motorola.com/iDEVELOP/contest/rules.html. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.
"After the success of our previous developers' contest during JavaOne 2000, we wanted to give other Java technology developers a chance to experience an entirely new category of wireless phones - one that combines multiple communications capabilities and an open application environment," said Bill Werner, corporate vice president of Motorola and general manager of the company's iDEN Subscriber Group. "Developers at JavaOne discovered how easy it is to create powerful applications for Motorola's new J2ME technology-enabled handset platform, even in a limited timeframe. This new generation of application-upgradable handsets will enable developers to take advantage of the explosive growth of the wireless phone market, which is expected to double to one billion units worldwide by 2003."
The new handset computing platform is expected to be commercially available in the first quarter of 2001.
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