Samsung announces Bixby DevJam contest with $125k prize money

Samsung announces Bixby DevJam contest with $125k prize money
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Samsung has announced the launch of Bixby DevJam, a contest with $125k prize money in total up-for-grabs.

Developers are tasked with developing new “Bixby Capsules” (voice apps, basically) which must be submitted and approved before December 9th to be eligible.

The overall winner will receive $10,000 while second and third place finalists will be awarded $5,000 each. A further five runner-ups will receive $1,000 each.

Winners of the following 20 store categories will also receive $1,000:

  • Art and lifestyle

  • Games and fun

  • News and magazines

  • Social

  • Business and finance

  • Health and fitness

  • Photography

  • Sports

  • Communication

  • Local

  • Productivity

  • Travel and transportation

  • Education and reference

  • Movies and TV

  • Shopping

  • Utilities

  • Food and drink

  • Music and audio

  • Smart home

  • Weather

To further encourage participation, the first 250 submissions will receive $300 of US Samsung Store credit. There’s also a weekly raffle for two $500 prizes.

Basically, there’s plenty of ways for developers to earn some cash while helping to boost Bixby’s lacklustre offerings when compared to Alexa and Google. The current lack of good Bixby apps provides a ripe opportunity to stand out.

Apps will be judged across four metrics: technical innovation, creativity, execution, and polish.

You can find out more and enter Bixby DevJam here.

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