Anyone (except members of the judging panel) may participate in this open challenge that starts on Friday February 12th, 2010. The rules are simple:
- All submissions must be released under a Free software license in compliance with the KDE Licensing Policy.
- Each contestant may submit one, and only one, Plasmoid for judging. Contestants may work in teams (an artist and a programmer is a common pairing in Plasmoid development, for instance) but only one prize per submission will be offered regardless of team size and contestants may not be a member of more than one submitting team.
- Final submissions must be in the form of an installable .plasmoid file submitted to [email protected] by midnight (UTC) on March 31st 2010.
Plasmoids will be judged based on the following criteria:
- Usefulness / Entertainment Quality (40%): accounting for a full 40% of the final score, this metric reflects how indispensable, fun and "recommend it to my friends"-worthy the Plasmoid is.
- Originality (20%): the more unique the Plasmoid, the better it will do in this category.
- Beauty (20%): for Plasmoids that inspire desire, these points go higher!
- Technical (20%): code poetry and Plasmoids that expose the full power of Plasma will rack up technical proficiency points.
The prizes up for grabs are really exciting:
- Grand Prize: A brand new Nokia N900, a trip to join us at a KDE developer event, such as Akademy or Camp KDE, and a KDE t-shirt
- 1st Runner Up Prize: A trip to join us at a KDE developer event, such as Akademy or Camp KDE, and a KDE t-shirt
- 3 Honorable Mention Prizes: A KDE t-shirt
In addition to these over-all prizes, three bragging-rights titles are up for grabs:
- Beauty Queen: this crown is reserved for the most stunning Plasmoid in form and function
- Technical Giant: the Plasmoid that embodies the peak of technical excellence will walk away with this badge of honor
- Creative Genius: the Plasmoid with the most interesting and original concept will claim this title
In addition, contestants are welcome to ask questions and solicit development advice on #plasma on irc.freenode.net and [email protected], the official Plasma development mailing list, during the competition. We won't write your Plasmoid for you, but each contestant will have access to the same level of Q&A support that all Plasmoid developers normally have. Helpful reference materials can also be found in the Plasma tutorials section on Techbase as well as in the KDE Examples module.
The judging panel will be comprised of:
- Aaron Seigo, Persona Plasma
- Marco Martin, Plasma Zen Master
- Nuno Pinheiro, Graphics Design Machine
- KDE Community: Yes, that's you! A poll hosted on the KDE Community Forums will allow everyone in the KDE community to have a say in who wins.
Panel members will rate each entry individually in each of the four categories. The scores from the five judges will then be added up to create the final results.
The contest timeline is as follows:
- February 12th and 13th: Online training sessions at 18:00 UTC in #plasma-training on irc.freenode.net
- March 24th: Contest entries can be submitted for inclusion by sending them to [email protected]
- April 2nd: All valid entries are published on the contest website and on KDE-Look.org
- April 9th: Winners announced
Finally: a huge round of "Thank-You!"s to Nokia for donating the N900, KDE e.V. whose support makes this event possible and Nuno Pinheiro and Sean Wilson for artwork.