April 7, 2008 QtCentre today launches the second edition of the Qt Programming Contest, the only programming contest focused on the Qt/Qtopia community. Last year a range of innovative Qt-based applications were awarded with various electronic devices - Qtopia® enabled mobile phones, laptop, recreational devices, various books on software development and more. Perhaps more important, the contestants were shown to the Qt community and new contacts between developers were made.
"I participated in the contest last year primarily for getting expert validation and review for my project (GCF - Generic Component Framework). After the contest, I got a sound validation and more. GCF won 3rd place in Helper Library category, people started using the project, I met a lot of wonderful people later that year when I presented the project at FOSS.IN, I might get a chance to present GCF at aKademy this year, and I am also able to extract commercial benefit out of the project through the consulting work we do from our company (VCreate Logic). QtCentre Programming Contest is a great platform to showcase code; and even if you lose you win - atleast someone highly experienced in the field would have taken a real good look at your code." Prashanth N Udupa, Software Developer, VCreate Logic (P) Ltd. - Author of GCF and VTK Designer 2
This year's contest accepts entries in the following categories: collaboration, education, project management, automation, demo, plasmoid and newcomer. The QtCentre staff are looking forward to a new range of contestants that will surprise the community with their quality, innovation and playfulness.
It would not have been possible to hold the contest without the generous sponsors contributing judges and prizes.
"ICS, as one of the largest independent suppliers of Qt services and components, is pleased to support QtCentre.org and the second edition of their programming contest. By encouraging the independent development of original and inspired Qt applications, the QtCentre Programming Contest energizes Qt development worldwide. Plus, it is just plain fun to be part of this contest." Mark Hatch, COO, Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS)
"We are excited to be a sponsor of QtCentre's Qt Programming Contest again this year. It is a great showcase of the skills of the Qt community in which KDAB is proud to be a leader." Matthias Kalle Dalheimer, CEO, KDAB
"Trolltech's Qt makes it possible for developers to concentrate on the creative process. I regard the QtCentre Programming Contest as an arena for developers to inspire each other while using Qt for new and interesting purposes. Qt allows developers to be innovative and to program, only once, a range of different applications that work across desktops and devices." Lars Knoll, VP of Engineering, Trolltech
"BitRock is proud to be a sponsor of the 2008 Qt Centre Programming Contest. Several great projects came out of last year's contest, and we're looking forward to seeing what the contestants come up with this year." Erica Brescia, CEO, Bitrock
"Thorsen Consulting is a group of Qt experts, that help other companies write Qt software. We are currently focusing on Qt based desktop applications running on multiple platforms. A Qt programming contest is a perfect match for us. We really appreciate the work all the people at QtCentre is doing for the Qt community, and we are happy to help out with a contest prize. We hope the contest will drive people to write even better Qt applications, and we look forward to see all the contributions." Bo Thorsen, CEO, Thorsen Consulting
"Apress is pleased to sponsor the Qt Programming Contest. This is a great opportunity for all Qt developers, and we're excited to see the finished applications." Julie Miller, Marketing product manager for the open source line, Apress
For more information about the contest, rules and registration information, please visit Qt Centre.