QtForum.org Announces Qt Developer Contest

QtForum.org, the independent Qt community Website launched October 2003,
today announced the QtForum.org Developer Contest. The subject for the
contest is edutainment. This QtForum.org Developer Contest is sponsored
by Trolltech as a part of the company's support of the open source community.

The first prize for the QtForum.org Developer Contest is USD 1500, and
the second prize is USD 750. Two third prizes, the Judge's Choice Prize
and the Community Choice Prize, will each be awarded USD 500.

"QtForum.org is responding to the need for a developer community for the
growing number of Qt developers out there," says QtForum.org's Community
Manager Christian Kienle. "The QtForum.org contest aims to bring Qt
developers together and challenge them to be creative with Qt in the
field of edutainment."

Eligible contest entries can be any English language version of an
original "edutainment" software application developed using Qt versions
3.2.3 or later. "Edutainment" software is software written to educate
the users while it entertains them. The software must be licensed under
an Open Source license.

The contest winners will be announced on the QtForum.org and Trolltech

"We are very excited about the open source community's initiative to
establish an independent Qt community Website," said Matthias Ettrich,
Trolltech's Director of Software Development Desktop Platforms. "The
QtForum.org Edutainment Contest will help boost this excellent
initiative and we are looking forward to seeing many new Qt based
applications as a result."

The contest is open to individuals who are independent software
developers or to companies which are software developers. Developers may enter works created individually or in collaboration with
other eligible contestants. The deadline for submitting contest entries
is May 31.


So, can existing apps be submitted? Can apps that depend on KDE be submitted, or "pure Qt" apps only? The rules don't say that either category is excluded...

By LMCBoy at Mon, 2004/02/09 - 6:00am

It seems that it's a qt-only apps only as all dependencies should be included in the tarball.
'This folder must contain the source code to the program and, in source form, any code upon which it depends.'

As far as I know, it's only pure Qt applications for this contest.


By Anne-Marie Mahfouf at Tue, 2004/02/10 - 6:00am

You think they'd complain about including kdelibs in the tarball? :)

By AC at Tue, 2004/02/10 - 6:00am

Here's a link to a similar contest in the Netherlands.
http://www.linuxmag.nl/scholen/ (pardon their dutch)
There was one last year too.
Main prize this year is 1000 euros.
I submitted 'cubetest', which earned me an inflatable penguin.

By Jos at Mon, 2004/02/09 - 6:00am

I got the know how, and I got the time. (unless I find a job...) I just need some ideas. What educational software do we need? KDE has a bunch, and I'm not going to re-create the wheel so what should I work with?

By Hank at Tue, 2004/02/10 - 6:00am

Plenty of stuff. What did you have trouble with in grammar school and high school?

By anon at Tue, 2004/02/10 - 6:00am

These are three proprietary programs for MS Windows that you might want to clone (AFAIK there are no KDE equivalents):

iSpellWell (http://www.ispellwell.com/):

iSpellWell is an incredible spelling software program that helps children master English spelling words in a personal spelling bee format. It is a combination of advanced spelling software technology and proven teaching techniques resulting in a wonderful spelling game that will entertain your child for hours.

MemoryLifter (http://www.memorylifter.com/):

This is a memory-building flashcard program for vocabulary memorization and language skills. MemoryLifter is the ultimate education software using automated flash cards with multimedia support to enhance learning.

WinFlash Educator (http://www.openwindow.com/)

This is a flashcard study and testing system that allows you to create reusable subject decks, print flashcards, study and track your progress. It includes multimedia support for graphics, audio and video, and you can import data from existing sources or export to your PDA.

By Cronopios at Tue, 2004/02/10 - 6:00am

We already have FlashKard in kdeedu and there are 2 other projects that look similar to the ideas you submitted:
KWordQuiz (will move to kdenonbeta)
so I don't think there is the need for more, it's better to improve existing programs.
You can find here (http://women.kde.org/projects/) some ideas for new programs and you can also send me any idea so it'll be listed here.


By Anne-Marie Mahfouf at Tue, 2004/02/10 - 6:00am

A program that teaches you how to sight-read music would be cool. Or maybe a program to teach you perfect/relative pitch.

By Navindra Umanee at Tue, 2004/02/10 - 6:00am

Awesome idea Navindra! You won't mind sharing, will you?

By John Hughes at Thu, 2004/02/12 - 6:00am