Google announces Android Developer Challenge 2

May 28, 2009

    Google announced details of the second Android Developer Challenge competition at its Google I/O event in San Francisco yesterday.  The new ADC will result in 30 winning applications that will get a share of US$1,975,000 in total prize money.

    This time around the competition will be broken down into 10 categories, and actual users will get a chance to test and vote for the applications in both rounds of the competition.  In the end, first, second, and third place in each category will be awarded $100k, $50k, and $25k (respectively).

    There will also be 3 applications awarded “overall” prizes.  First place overall will receive an additional US$150k, while second and third overall will receive $50k and $25k.  All overall awards are in addition to any category prizes that an application might have picked up.

    All in all, that’s up to a quarter million dollars that one application can earn.

    Here’s the time line from the ADC2 website:

    • May 27 – Google I/O: ADC 2 announced
    • June: Full Terms and Conditions made available
    • Beginning in August: submission site opens, developers submit apps
    • Approximately 2 weeks later: submission site closes; ADC2 client/scoring app goes up on Market; users begin reviewing apps
    • Mid October: first-round judging ends
    • Mid November: final judging ends, winners announced

    Here is a list of the submission categories:

    • Education/Reference
    • Games: Casual/Puzzle
    • Games: Arcade/Action
    • Social Networking
    • Lifestyle
    • Productivity/Tools
    • Media
    • Entertainment
    • Travel
    • Misc