Because it is not just for the glory! HackOTT prizes

We are excited to see you all in just a few days. I am sure you are all chomping at the bits waiting for the API announcements, so in the meantime let us entertain you with our HackOTT prizes.

1ST PRIZE: A Samsung 46″ 1080p LED HDTV provided by our awesome sponsor If you have room for this baby in your place all you will need is a subscription and you are all set! 3 months subscription included!

2ND PRIZE: An Android phone of your choice, depending on your carrier or preference. Up to $500 value. HTC anyone?

3RD PRIZE: Kindle 3G, the smaller, faster Kindle with free 3G, built in wi-fi and storage for 3,500 books!

Curious about the criteria for judging? The judges will be looking for:

  • Utilization of the API functionality (it doesn’t matter how many APIs you use). You need to use at least one of the provided APIs. There is no limit as to how many APIs you use.
  • Usefulness of the application (for its intended purpose and audience)
  • Creativity and ingenuity
  • General effort involved
  • Size of the team: obviously if you are a single developer who manages to get your application completed in a 6 hours, judges are going to be excited to talk to you! Not to discourage you from working in a team – but hey we all know how hard it is to build an app by yourself!

This time around we are going beyond prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The team at will be awarding a Boxee Box for best usage of the API. And the judges will be awarding an assortment of great prizes to applications that merit honors! Prizes include:

Darcy White will also be providing a set of 5 unique rubber band powered airplanes named the Squirrel. We are going to get them up flying into the Shopify conference room and perhaps if I get my act together the Squirrel could compete against my drone?

  • HackREGINA Location Sponsor

    Innovation Place - Innovation Place is home to approximately 40 clients in six buildings, employing more than 1,600 people.

  • HackREGINA Event Sponsors

    iQmetrix Software - At iQmetrix, we create great experiences for retailers, their employees, and the end consumer.

    GB Internet Solutions - We’re proud parents to and, and while we don’t like to play favorites, the GasBuddy app has over 30 million downloads!

  • HackREGINA Community Sponsors

    YellowAPI - Our curated local search API is built off of the strength of the Yellow Pages database of over 1.5 million geo-localized business listings and associated rich content.

    Canadian Youth Business Foundation - Are you an aspiring young entrepreneur, aged 18 to 39, with a solid business idea? Are you looking for the financial support and expert advice that will help you bring your great business idea to life? The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) can help.

  • HackREGINA API Sponsors

    eHealth Saskatchewan - eHealth Saskatchewan employees and consultants are committed to making a difference for Saskatchewan residents by supporting health care providers through making important clinical information available electronically.

    Cashtie - InComm’s new Cashtie API opens up access to retailers point of sale (POS) systems, allowing any approved developer to sell online goods to consumers at these high value retail locations—opening up the possibility for web and mobile applications to accept cash payments for virtual goods, services and utilities at top retailers.

    Twilio - Twilio powers the future of business communications, enabling phones, VoIP, and messaging to be embedded into web, desktop, and mobile software.

    Wit - Wit allows you to build a Siri-like speech interface for you app in 5 min! It's an API that turns speech or text into JSON.

    Windows Azure - Add a cloud backend to your apps in minutes, enabling your apps to reach every user on every platform. With support for popular languages and open REST APIs, you’ll be ready to integrate Windows Azure into your apps in minutes. Use any of Windows Azure’s APIs to complete your hacks. You’ll need to activate a FREE trial or your MSDN Windows Azure benefits prior to using Windows Azure.

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