Among the highlights of dev8D are the developer challenges. Last year, List8D took home the £5,000 first prize at the Developer Decathlon. This year, there are ten different challenges, or bounties. Mahendra Mahey explained that last year’s single grand prize format left a number of otherwise deserving innovation efforts unrecognized. As a result, this year’s challenges draw from a variety problem spaces:
- Linked Data API/Data
- EDINA – Unlock Places API & Geo/Data
- Building the best IMS Basic LTI Tool
- Blackboard/Learning Tools Interoperability API/Data
- Memento: Time Travel for the Web
- Internet Archive API/Data
- Mobile API/Data
- Microsoft Zentity
- Eprints 3.2 API/DATA
- MLA Data
The bounties include cash, an iPod Touch, an Acer 751 Netbook, and Amazon vouchers. Microsoft Research is offering the biggest prizes: both an Xbox 360 and a multi-touch Tablet PC.
Deadline for submissions is 10am tomorrow.
Although I hope that next year, Code4Lib and dev8D won’t overlap, if they should, I’d like to see if we can’t build some cross-conference teams to compete. There’s certainly enough intersection of interests that if we can bring some of the work of Code4Lib participants to bear on the challenges at dev8D, we’d see some pretty amazing things.