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Adobe AIR App Challenge offering $200k for best Sony tablet apps

The user with the best app making use of Adobe Flash and the unique dual-screen functionality of the upcoming Sony S2 tablet could walk away with over $100,000

In an effort to drive more attention to the upcoming Sony S1 and S2 tablets, Adobe and Sony have jointly announced the Adobe AIR App Challenge with $200,000 (141,392 Euros) in total cash prizes.

To be eligible in the contest, users must create and submit unique Android-based applications that are optimized for the Sony S2 and be compatible with the Sony S1. Additionally, the user-made app should be compatible with Android 3.1 or later and make use of Adobe Flash/HTML 5. Developers are also expected to use Adobe’s CS5 Creative Suite including Flash Professional CS5.5, Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 and/or the open source Flex 4.5 framework. This is, after all, an Adobe-sponsored competition.

We are thrilled to empower these cutting edge creatives to be the first to bring innovative content and apps to our “Sony Tablet” devices later this year,” said Sony Deputy President Hideyuki Furumi. The senior vice president of Adobe Creative and Media Solutions, David Wadhwani, also expressed enthusiasm. “We are excited about Sony’s sponsorship of the App Challenge, which will recognize the most creative applications our developer community produces,” he said.

The first prize winner will walk away with $100,000. Other categories include the Best Business & Productivity App ($20,000), Best Game ($20,000), Best Entertainment App ($20,000), Best Lifestyle & Community App ($20,000), Most Innovative App ($10,000), MAX Public Favorite ($10,000) and the MAX Showcase App ($10,000).

For those who are unfamiliar with the Sony tablets, the Sony S2 will be a Tegra 2-equipped Honeycomb tablet with two 5.5-inch touchscreens. The fact that this tablet is exceptionally unlike any other tablet released so far could be encouraging Sony to lure user-created apps that will truly take advantage of the dual screens. If you think you’ve got a chance, or know someone who does, check out the official site and requirements here. The AIR App Challenge ends just before midnight PST on November 11th, while the Sony tablets could be coming as soon as this September.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-07-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)