Nokia announces winners of 2011 “Calling All Innovators” $ 10 million developer competition

Nokia has announced the overall prize winners in the 2011 Calling All Innovators developer competition

At a developer event in California, US, Nokia awarded “10tons” for winning the overall game category with their Sparkle app and BLStream for winning the overall application category with their “ShutterPro” Premium application.

The “Calling All Innovators” competition requires developers globally to compete for cash and prizes valued at $ 10 million dollars. Over 800 entries were received from developers in 57 countries with US-based developers submitting the most entries. The majority of apps submitted were created using Qt, Nokia’s mobile development platform.

Developers were able to submit entries in 17 different game and application categories. Even though  US led in winning in most categories, the two overall prize winners were from Finland (Nokia’s homeland) while the grand prize runner-up developers Poynt Corporation for Poynt and Clapfoot Games for Tank Hero come from Canada.

For the first time in a developer contest, Nokia invited consumers to participate in the judging by using their downloading power. Part of the judging criteria included the number of downloads and sales for each entry while a panel of judges within Nokia chose the final winners.

The Game category grand prize winning app is Sparkle by 10tons while the Application category grand prize winner is ShutterPro Premium from BLStream which lets users experiment with pictures taken on the Nokia N8 by using interface and advanced features that are intuitive to photographers.

Category winners each receive $ 150,000 with the two grand prizes winners receiving an additional $ 100,000 and a marketing promotion package valued at $ 1.9 million. Other placing winners received various other cash prize amounts. A full list of category winners can be found at http://www.callingallinnovators.com/10M/winners.aspx