Motorola (NYSE: MOT) and Nextel Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTL) today announced the winners of the Motorola/Nextel Developer Challenge. The contest challenged software developers to create innovative applications for Java2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) technology-enabled handsets by Motorola that operate on the Nextel National Network and other iDEN networks. More than sixty developers competed to win the grand prize of a BMW Z3 2.5i roadster and Motorola i85s phones with Nextel wireless voice and data service.
David Fox, a 28-year-old independent programmer from Brooklyn, New York created Home Monitor, the winning application. This network-aware application enables the Motorola i85s or i50sx wireless phone to control home or office air conditioning and lighting settings remotely, and to conduct remote surveillance of rooms through web cams by streaming video directly to the handset. Eric Brooks of Motorola and Ben Ho of Nextel presented the prizes in an awards ceremony at San Francisco's Metreon on Wednesday evening, June 6.
"As an application developer, I'm inspired by the possibilities these J2ME technology-enabled handsets from Motorola are creating for people everywhere," said David Fox. "The tools provided to developers helped me approach the challenge from the perspective of the user looking to get more information and control through the phone."
The second-place winner, Dan Adamson of San Francisco, created an international dictionary and spell check application and received a pair of Motorola i85s wireless phones with one year of service from Nextel and a portable DVD player.
The third-place winner, Anthony Oganesian of Los Angeles, created an application that allows users to input personal health information, including diet and exercise, to their wireless phones and subsequently monitor personal progress. He received a pair of Motorola i85s phones and one year of service from Nextel.
Developers participating in the contest, held June 4-6, during Sun Microsystems' annual JavaOne(SM) Developer Conference, had the opportunity to take advantage of free development tools, including software developer kits (SDKs), integrated development environments (IDEs), a phone emulator, and personalized on-site technical support. Each contestant had six hours to develop an application to run on the Motorola i50sx handset.
"Now that Motorola handsets with J2ME technology are commercially available, we expect to see the development of many more compelling applications," said Bill Werner, corporate vice president of Motorola and general manager of the company's iDEN Subscriber Group. "The judges reviewed the entries and selected the Home Monitor application because it delivered most creatively and effectively on J2ME's promise of providing wireless users with more information and control than they've ever had before."
"This contest proves that Java developers can quickly create incredible applications that people can access from a wireless phone to make their business and personal lives more productive," said Greg Santoro, vice president of Internet and Wireless Services for Nextel. "When combined with Nextel's nationwide, Internet Protocol (IP) based, packet data network, Java applications bring real life solutions to workers in the mobile environment through a wireless device."
The source code for the winners' applications will be posted on the Motorola developer website at www.motorola.com/idendev .
Developer Support Programs
Motorola's iDEN developer support program provides developers with virtually everything they need to develop, deploy and commercialize their applications for J2ME technology-enabled iDEN handsets from Motorola, including tools, technical support, marketing, and distribution. There are currently more than 10,000 registered developers in the program. For more information or to obtain a free CD-ROM, visit www.motorola.com/idendev .
The Motorola Applications Global NETwork (MAGNET) program supports the development and commercialization of wireless applications by providing software application developers with the necessary tools, training, resources and services to bring solutions to a market-ready status. For information on free MAGNET membership, please visit our web site at www.motorola.com/developers/wireless .
The Nextel Developer Program facilitates the development of third party Java, WAP (wireless application protocol) and SMS (short message service) applications for the Nextel platform. Over 2,000 developers have registered to develop wireless applications for vertical, horizontal and corporate markets, including such industries as transportation and delivery, financial services, and building and construction. The program offers significant joint sales and marketing opportunities for developers with products that complement Nextel's strategic direction. At the end of Q1 2001, Nextel had approximately 7.2 million domestic subscribers, with 1.1 million of its customers having signed up for data services. Developers interested in participating in the Nextel Developer program should visit http://developer.nextel.com .