Developers, startups and anyone who has an idea for a great app, here is your opportunity!
Ericsson has announced the launch of its Application Awards 2014, themed 'Apps for Working Life'. The competition is global and there will also be several regional competitions.
In its fifth consecutive year, the Ericsson Application Awards invites students and small and medium sized enterprises with less than 100 employees from anywhere in the world to submit Android and iOS apps. Students and companies will be split into separate categories for judging.
The theme of the 2014 competition is Apps for Working Life, in support of Ericsson's vision of a networked society in which, through a combination of mobility, broadband, the cloud, applications and services, anything and everything is connected.
This competition will give participants the opportunity to gain a foothold in the app industry, while also earning recognition and making contacts within the telecom industry.
First prize for the global event is Euro 25,000, with a second global prize is Euro 10,000, plus there is a special recognition for innovation supporting Technology for Good. Third to tenth prizes include diplomas and honorary mentions.
The final date for submissions is 28 February 2014, with semi finalists announced on 14 March 2014 (top five in each category). The finalists will be announced on 24 April 2014 (top two in each category), and the winner will be declared at an awards ceremony in May.
The winner of the student category in 2013 was Portugal's GreenSpark, which offered a solution based on energy efficiency with a truly global reach. The UK's TboxApps was the winner in the company category. Their solution was based on usage patterns in order to get access to instant messages and quickly get help.
In all, 192 teams from 52 countries took part in the 2013 competition, compared with 143 in 2012.