For the owners of many GM vehicles, OnStar is a known – and welcome – name, as the tech helps them find their way and stay safe. And now, OnStar’s essentially inviting young app developers to become part of the team with the 2011 OnStar Student Developer Challenge.
Students at Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Michigan, the University of Texas, and the University of Toledo can participate, and OnStar wants to see what apps they can create related to responsible connectivity, informed driving, and location.
Then, an official statement explained, “Student entries will be judged by OnStar IT and Engineering executives as well as API and technology thought leaders including Robert Scoble, Scobleizer; Daniel Jacobson, director of engineering for the API, Netflix; David Pogue, technology columnist, New York Times; and Valerie Casey, founder, Designer’s Accord.”
Six semifinalists will all get to attend O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 Conference, while the winner (whether a team or an individual) will get to pick between two $10,000 prize packages consisting of various laptops and gadgets.
We wouldn’t be surprised if a job offer resulted from all the attention, as well.