Posted on 6-Oct-2008 10:43
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In the near future, location based applications will be commonplace, with electronic coupons being sent to your mobile because you are near a service you have opted-in for such as a Happy Hour deal for the bar you are walking past, or a promotion from your favourite fashion retailer (with whom you have signed up and given your colour, style and size preferences) which knows that you are in the mall.
GeoSmart Maps Ltd wants to bring that future forward to 2009 and has established a competition to encourage people to come up with concepts in 4 categories - Social Networking, Proximity Based Marketing, LBS Games and widgets for the AA MAPS Biz Locator website.
There are prizes for each category and the overall winner will also win a trip to San Jose (California, USA) to attend the Where 2.0 Conference in May 2009.
The competition isnít pitched just at developers, a proof of concept demonstration would be great, but a great concept document has just as much chance of winning great prizes from a list of sponsors including Geekzone, Tomizone, Sony Ericsson, TomTom, Vodafone new Zealand and the NZ Automobile Association.
The judging criteria are documented in the entry packs and on the official website. The judges represent GeoSmart, Massey University, Geekzone and the Wireless and Broadband Forum.
The competition runs from 16 October 2008 and entries are to be in by 16 February 2009. The Awards will be presented at the annual Wireless and Broadband Forum Convergence 2009 event at the Alinghi Base in Aucklandís Viaduct Basin.