Samsung recently announced that it will host its first Samsung Developer Contest this coming Fall. Although Samsung has only provided a brief overview of the event details, Samsung has deemed the contest the first “large scale” developer show. For now, we know the event will span October 27th through the 29th at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.
Over the past few years, Samsung has increased its concentration on connected consumer devices; thus, a developer contest makes sense. Now that Samsung has connected phones, cameras, TVs, and much more to the web, the electronics giant tempts the developer community come “[c]reate what’s next” at the developer event.
Samsung has dabbled in developer events and labs with smaller scale contests and the Samsung Experience Shops. However, the widespread reaction to Samsung’s mention of a developer contest suggests a full out hackathon represents a long awaited opportunity for the developer community. Samsung has not opened registration yet, but those interested can add an email address to a list that will be informed when registration opens.
Samsung competitors (e.g. Apple, Amazon, etc.) have hosted many successful developer events. Some would suggest Samsung is late to the game. However, with some of the most dominant hardware devices across multiple markets, Samsung sits in a perfect position to create a developer base that thinks across multiple devices of seemingly disparate functionality. Keep an eye out for more details to come, and grab your seat when registration opens.