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24 June 2009

15,000 First Prize
Samsung Innovation Quest 2009

Samsung Mobile Innovator

This year’s Samsung IQ competition is now open and full details have been published. This is the first time SIQ has been held since Samsung Mobile Innovator was launched, so participants this year will have access to technical tools and resources that were previously not available.

This year’s competition is all about building Samsung home screen widgets. The only criteria is that your entry is a widget, and that it runs on the Samsung home screen.

We’ve even relaxed our terms and conditions so that the IP is owned solely by you. So get ready to get creative.

The target device is our latest Symbian handset: the i8910 HD. This is the first Symbian device to launch since the Symbian Foundation was formed and to celebrate Symbian are co-sponsoring the event with us.

These widgets reside in a dedicated widget tray in the Touch Wiz UI and run directly on the home screen area. The list below gives you the basics of these widgets and what you can do with them:

  • Install to the widget tray on the home or “idle” screen
  • Display iconified in the widget tray
  • Can be dragged to the home or “idle” screen, can be launched on-drag or on-touch, and run directly on the home screen
  • Can arbitrarily resize, can display multiple views, and can display live data independently of and simultaneously with other widgets
  • Multiple widgets run simultaneously
  • Are developed using HTML (UTF-8 encoding), CSS, and JavaScript
  • Are packaged and deployed as ZIP format file archives (UTF-8 encoded pathnames recommended), with a WGT file extension, and are defined by config.xml, index.html, and icon.png files with arbitrarily many additional HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and image files, following W3C recommendations for directory structure
  • Are recognised (on Symbian OS) by the application installer and loaded to a dedicated widget folder
By focusing on widgets we’re hoping to achieve two things during the course of the competition:
  1. To get our current members, and the mobile development community generally, to think about the possibilities that the advent of web-runtime technologies on the mobile open up.
  2. To reach out to new groups of developers who previously may not have considered developing for mobile, but who with the arrival of widgets on mobile devices, now have the ideal skills to capitalise on this opportunity.

As the entries are submitted this year we are hoping they will come from a range of individuals, including those who may not have considered themselves as mobile developers. For more information on the opportunities that widgets have opened up for developers, have a read of our latest Technical paper from Ben Morris.

 Samsung Innovation Quest 2009

What’s up for grabs?

As with previous SIQs there are valuable rewards for the winning entries. This year, in addition to a large cash prize pool, we are offering a prime route-to-market for your widget. This means your work could end up on a huge number of devices.

How do I enter?

Anyone can enter. You will need to join Samsung Mobile Innovator first (this takes about two minutes and is completely free), and then submit your widget at Submissions open on Wednesday 24 June 2009.

Can I get started now?

Yes, there are no restrictions on the category of widget you create. Over the coming weeks we will be providing further information on how to target the i8910 HD, and you’ll also be able to perform your own tests in If you already have a widget that you’d like to submit there is no problem, provided it doesn’t violate the SIQ terms and conditions. These will be published when the competition launches.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the competition, or the technology behind Samsung home screen widgets, visit our discussion boards. We can’t wait to hear from you

Samsung Mobile Innovator
Source: Foundation Author: Teo

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