Samsung announces bada Student Developer Challenge for 10 UK universities

Abertay, Imperial College, Oxford, Brunel all signed up

Samsung announces bada Student Developer Challenge for 10 UK universities
With Samsung widely seen as looking to spread its bets when it comes to mobile OSes, following the uncertainty over the impact of Google's Motorola acquisition, it's perfect timing for the company to encourage up-coming developers to use its bada platform.

That's the reasoning behind the bada Student Developer Challenge.

A collaboration between Samsung and Pocket Gamer's publisher Steel Media, it's based around a series of events at 10 top UK and Irish universities.

Top of the class

Each will hold its own 24-hour bada codeathon, during which teams will battle to create the finest apps using the new bada 2.0 SDK. Prior to this, there will be a lecture explaining how to develop for bada that's open for all students.

The best apps will be judged, with the winners from each university receiving a prize but all entrants given a further eight weeks to polish their creations before the final judging session in London in mid-January.

Then, the prizes will be £5,000 for first place, £2,500 for second, and £1,000 for third, with all qualifying apps promoted by Samsung on its bada store.

Participating universities are:

  • Oxford University

  • The University of St Andrews

  • Trinity College Dublin

  • King's College London

  • Imperial College London

  • The University of Abertay

  • The University of York

  • Brunel University, and

  • The University of Nottingham

Students not attending these universities can enter the separate wildcard competition to create an app and win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. As indeed can any UK-based developers, so if you're thinking of trying out the platform then a prize and some promotion could prove a worthwhile catalyst.

For more details, check out the bada Student Developer Challenge website.
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