Google announces Android Developer Challenge 2

May 28, 2009
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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

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