New Delhi, India, July 3, 2009: The day for which the Indian developer community had been waiting has finally arrived. Facebook, whose mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected, announced today the launch of â€˜Facebook India Developer Contestâ€™ â€“ a contest for Indian developers to showcase their web development skills by creating Facebook applications and Facebook Connect Integrations. The contest began on July 2 and ends on September 11, 2009 and is located at www.facebook.com/developercontestindia.
This is the first time Facebook is organizing a developer contest in India. Entries will be judged on originality, business potential, social utility, usefulness, expressive features, intuitiveness and potential of the application. There are three cash prizes; $4000 for the first place, $2000 for the second place and $1000 for the third, in each of the two categories.
To enter the contest, participants are required to create a Facebook platform application for use on the Facebook site or Facebook Connect integrations in English or Hindi and register their application in the contestâ€™s homepage. The contest is open to Indian residents over the age of 16 with a facebook.com account
Ruchi Sangvi, Engineer and Manager of the Facebook platform said, â€œIndia ranks second in the number of software developers with 3.9 million software developers; we are very excited to engage with the developer community. Facebook has experienced a tremendous growth in India. Through the contest, we hope to see many rich experiences that leverage the social graph and empower Facebook users to share and connect.â€
Facebook Connect enables people to combine their Facebook experiences with any participating Website, desktop application or mobile device.Â When websites incorporate Facebook Connect, Facebookâ€™s more than 200 million active users around the globe can automatically import profile information and bypass the need to build a friendsâ€™ list from scratch. More than 10000 websites have incorporated Facebook Connect since its general availability in December 2008.
About the Facebook India Developer Contest – The Facebook Developer Contest rewards the three most popular applications and the three most popular Facebook Connect Integrations in English of Hindi, with a prize of 4,000, 2,000, and 1,000 USD respectively.Â Winners are chosen on a lot of criteria including originality, social utility and business potential.Â The contest begins at 12:30:01 pm IST on July 2, 2009 and ends at 12:29:59 pm IST on September 11, 2009 and is located at www.facebook.com/developercontestindia. Winners will be announced in the last week of September.