Qualcomm Offers Cash Prizes for Mobile Apps at Uplinq Hackathon

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than a dozen workshops covering such topics as developing 3D graphics based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Adreno GPU, writing Web apps with Qualcomm’s HTML5 device API extensions, and using Snapdragon tools for building augmented reality apps.

Qualcomm says this will be the first time it has hosted its own hackathon, but the company has been creating prize competitions for several years—beginning with the QPrize that Qualcomm Ventures created to accelerate wireless technologies in key business sectors. It’s a smart way to encourage development and expand the wireless ecosystem of devices and systems based on Qualcomm’s proprietary technologies.

Qualcomm’s biggest prize, of course, came in January, when CEO Paul Jacobs launched the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, saying the challenge to develop a handheld medical diagnosis device is intended to drive development of mobile wireless health technology for consumers. And maybe help to create a billion-dollar industry, too.

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