San Diego’s Qualcomm Embraces Experiment in Incentive Prizes
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encourage third party developers to use the chipmaker’s technology. As Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm’s chairman and CEO noted during his keynote talk, almost three out of five presenters at the Uplinq conference are third-party developers. Jacobs also announced another new incentive prize contest during his talk, this time offering a total of $200,000 in cash prizes for a Windows RT Metro Style App Developer Contest.
The $25,000 grand prize from the codefest went to Rich Stoner, a research engineer at UC San Diego, for demonstrating an app that could be used to detect signs of autism in 12-month-old infants, which is about two years earlier than is possible with conventional tests. Stoner’s app took advantage of eye-tracking capabilities built into the Snapdragon platform, and his app also won the $5,000 prize in the category for “best prototype app using facial processing.”
Winners in the other four categories were:
—Best multi-screen experience using Qualcomm’s AllJoyn technology: Car Join, an app that uses the near-proximity technology to quickly establish direct peer-to-peer networks to provide certain health data and call 911 after a car crash.
—Best HTML5 Web app: Qgram, which combines three Qualcomm Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to apply colorful filters to smartphone photos.
—Best Windows Phone app: Expensify, which helps users track and manage their business-related expenses.
—Best context awareness app: Breadcrumbs, which uses Snapdragon’s GPS technology to passively track user activities.
When I talked with Stoner this morning, he said he had been invited to attend Qualcomm’s Uplinq conference to meet the company’s technical staff and to see the kind of work that’s … Next Page »