It seems like a whole lot of developer contests are starting to pile up these days, and at some point, that’s bound to cause some confusion (imagine someone submitting an iPhone app to Google or swapping a couple of deadlines, for example). But developers should be happy for the opportunity to win Microsoft’s new Dev Unplugged competition.
On the official Exploring IE blog, Carter Rabasa described Dev Unplugged as “a contest that challenges web developers to push the limits of a modern browser without the use of plug-ins. We believe that HTML5 and related technologies, in conjunction with faster and faster browsers, finally give developers the tools they need to create experiences that are as vivid, interactive and compelling as anything you have seen in native applications.”
So what developers are supposed to do is create something – either a game or a music app – using HTML5. And songs from AWOLNATION and Ra Ra Riot are available on the music side of things, while Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy, has been good enough to offer content suitable for a game.
Then the grand prize (and there are other prizes) is $9,000 in cash, along with a paid trip to Future of Web Apps Las Vegas.
Now to share a handful of important dates: voting on submissions is set to begin on April 5th, and the submission deadline is May 9th. The top 40 finalists will be announced on May 12th, and winners will be announced May 23rd.