As you can see on the /contests page here, there have been lots of mashup contests on lots of topics held in the past two years. This week there's an entirely new form of mashup contest for developers: the O'Reilly Media and StrikeIron Telephony Mashup Contest. What is it and how do you compete? Here are the details from the announcement:
O’Reilly Media and StrikeIron are proud to announce the first ever Telephony Mashup Contest. This new contest provides a stage for developers to demonstrate their creative skills using emerging telephony technologies such as PBX, IVR, and Web Service APIs.
A telephony mashup is a voice, Web or mobile application (PBX, IVR, VOIP, SMS, Text Messaging, etc.) that combines content from more than one source to create a new user experience. Qualifying entries must demonstrate how an application can use one or more sources of content in an inventive way to benefit users. Any tool or platform that involves content (see StrikeIron or ProgrammableWeb) telephony (ex: VOIP, SMS, Text Messaging, PBX, IVR) can be used to create a mashup is qualified for submission.
The top three prizes are $1500, $1000 and $500 respectively. Winners will be presented at the O'Reilly ETel Emerging Telephony Conference the week of February 27th.
Sounds like it should lead to some very interesting applications and we'll be sure to get them listed here. As they say, "Put your Voice App where your Mouth is".
There are now 2 active and 21 previous competitions on the Contests page.