Facebook would become the first social networking site to showcase apps in Hindi as it calls for entries in English and Hindi to showcase Web development skills in two categories of Facebook apps and Facebook Connect Integrations.
The day for which the Indian developer community had been waiting has finally arrived. Facebook has launched ‘Facebook India Developer Contest’ – a contest for Indian developers to showcase their Web development skills by creating Facebook applications and Facebook Connect Integrations. The contest began on 2 July and ends on 11 September 2009.
This is the first time Facebook is organising a developer contest in India. Entries will be judged on originality, business potential, social utility, usefulness, expressive features, intuitiveness and potential of the application. There are three cash prizes — $4000 for the first place, $2000 for the second place and $1000 for the third, in each of the two categories.
To enter the contest, participants are required to create a Facebook platform application for use on the Facebook site or Facebook Connect integrations in English or Hindi and register their application in the contest’s homepage. The contest is open to Indian residents over the age of 16 with a facebook.com account.
Ruchi Sangvi, engineer and manager, Facebook platform, said, “India ranks second in the number of software developers with 3.9 million software developers; we are very excited to engage with the developer community. Facebook has experienced a tremendous growth in India. Through the contest, we hope to see many rich experiences that leverage the social graph and empower Facebook users to share and connect.”
Facebook Connect enables people to combine their Facebook experiences with any participating Website, desktop application or mobile device. When websites incorporate Facebook Connect, Facebook’s more than 200 million active users around the globe can automatically import profile information and bypass the need to build a friends’ list from scratch. More than 10,000 websites have incorporated Facebook Connect since its general availability in December 2008.
Winners will be announced in the last week of September.