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Nokia Announces Finalists in 2009 “Calling All Innovators” Global Developer Competition

August 19, 2009

ESPOO, Finland, August 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Forum Nokia Developer
Community (FNDC) today announced the finalists in its 2009 Calling All
Innovators contest, a global mobile developer competition designed to
generate applications and solutions that enhance the use of Nokia mobile
devices in real-world scenarios.

The total cash and prizes for the 2009 Calling All Innovators contest are
worth more than $250,000. The top three submissions in each category will
receive a cash award, and prizes that include premium placement featuring the
winning application in Nokia’s Ovi Store, and the opportunity to demo their
winning apps at Nokia World.

Over 1,700 submissions were received from developers in 85 countries
signaling a strong answer to Nokia’s challenge to think big and create mobile
applications and services that can help build a better mobile user
experience. More than 421,000 visits to the contest website from around the
world engaged with FNDC, the world’s largest mobile developer community.

“The quantity and quality of the applications we received are
astounding,” said Purnima Kochikar, vice president, Forum Nokia Developer
Community, Nokia. “We encourage our developer community to work with us to
extend their market reach, taking advantage of our global presence, global
distribution through Ovi Store and local market knowledge. Turning the
spotlight on our developers in marketing efforts like Calling All Innovators
is just one way we can expose the best mobile applications from our developer
community to consumers around the world.”

A complete list of Forum Nokia’s Calling All Innovators finalists
including video demonstrations of the applications can be found online at
http://www.callingallinnovators.com. Following are the finalists in the 2009
Calling All Innovators global contest:

Internet Innovation

Developers were asked to submit either web applications known as Web
Runtime widgets, or websites which are optimized for mobile browsing with
Nokia devices.

Pixelpipe for Share Online – This WRT widget application from San
Francisco
-based Pixelpipe, enables individuals to create and configure Nokia
Share Online
to use the Pixelpipe Media Gateway to distribute photos, video,
audio and files to more than 90 popular social networking, photo/video, and
blog services directly from the built-in phone gallery and camera
applications. Developer website: http://pixelpipe.com/

Dianping – This widget for one of the top websites in mainland China
provides information about more than 275,000 restaurants, including
descriptions, recommended dishes, address, phone number, price range and
more. Individuals can search for restaurants by districts, categories, price
range and key words. The application includes access to more than 7.5 million
restaurant reviews, and coupons for restaurants, too. Developer website:
http://www.dianping.com/citylist

Tech Buzz Homescreen Widget – The Tech Buzz Widget from UK-based Mippin,
is a fast, elegant way to reliably access the latest tech news anywhere on
Nokia mobile devices. It regularly downloads tech stories from across the
web, displaying the headlines and images in rotation on the Nokia N97 home
screen, to give users immediate access. Developer website:
http://www.mippin.com/web/index.jsp?p=2

Flash

Developers were asked to submit applications that expand the capabilities
of Adobe Flash Lite on Nokia devices.

FLORIN – Personal Finance Tracker – With the FLORIN flash-based
application from UK-based BlueskyNorth, consumers have access to a highly
capable, but easy to use personal finance tracker for use on Nokia Series 60
5th Edition devices. Developer website: http://www.blueskynorth.com/index.php

Reuters Slideshow – The Reuters Slideshow app from UK-based Tui
Interactive Media, combines Flash and WRT widget functionality to deliver a
constantly updated feed of pictures and news. Coupled with its mini-view for
use on S60 5th Edition devices, the application offers an engaging way to
catch up on the latest news. Developer website: http://www.tui.co.uk/

ActiveChinese – This mobile educational application, from the company of
the same name, is comprised of 10 flash-animated lessons for English speakers
to begin to learn how to speak Chinese. A series of built-in flashcards
provides the most useful word and phrases, and includes: the Chinese
character, Chinese pronunciation, PinYin, and the English translation.
Developer website: http://www.activechinese.com/

Emerging Markets and Mobile Necessities

Developers were asked to submit applications or solutions that are the
most innovative application using Nokia platforms, ranging from SMS through
Series 40 and S60 device platforms. All applications would be evaluated,
including those developed using Java,Python or open source.

Mobile JobHunt – Inspired by Nokia Life Tools in India, Mobile JobHunt
from LEG aims to help people in rural areas in China. JobHunt provides timely
and accurate job information from major cities on Series 40 Nokia phones.
Other related services include employment news, skills training, employment
legal rights, and entertainment. Developer website: http://www.leg3s.com

Mobile Credit Card Terminal – Mobile Credit Card Terminal from 2C2P in
Singapore gives business owners the ability to charge a credit card/debit
card, and to manage transactions securely from Nokia S60 devices without
additional equipment. Developer website: http://www.2c2p.com/

Blue Home – Created by Binu Johnson in India, Blue-Home installed on a
Nokia S60 mobile device, and hardware in the home that can be purchased for
approximately $30, an individual can monitor and operate six home appliances
via Bluetooth in the mobile device. Developer website:

http://www.bluehome.info/

Apps on Maps

Developers were asked to submit new ideas that harness the power of
location-aware services using Ovi Maps on Nokia devices. From all of the
ideas submitted, 14 developers were given exclusive access to the Ovi Beta
SDK to turn their ideas into a completed application for use on Nokia devices.

PocketLife – from Wanaka, New Zealand, is an established location-based
social network for web and mobile. As a location-based lifestyle app, with
Pocket Life for Ovi Maps on your Nokia device, individuals can always be in
touch with their closest friends, down to knowing precisely where they are at
that given time. Using Pocket Life, individuals can discover new places,
share photos, and quickly know their way around like a local. Developer
website: www.pocketlife.com

Ground Guidance – How do you navigate when there are no roads? Ground
Guidance with Ovi Maps solves this problem. With technology originally built
for the U.S. Army, St. Paul, Minnesota-based Primordial uses an innovative,
patented technique, combined with a wide range of data sources to create a
walk-able route where no road data exists. Pick any two points in the app,
and the user will be presented with a walk-able path to take. Developer
website: www.primordial.com

Smart Eggs – submitted by Forum Nokia PRO member company, MSCorp based in
Coral Springs, Florida, will bring the thrill of discovery and surprise to
your explorations when using Ovi Maps. Crack open a Smart Egg to get a
multimedia review of the latest movie, or tips about special promotions from
nearby shops. Engage in a mobile treasure hunt with your friends, collecting
codes inside Premium Smart Eggs. This mobile app for brands, artists, and
venues interacts with consumers at the local level, while promoting the use
of multiple Nokia services and platforms, including Ovi Maps and more.
Developer website: http://www.mscorp.com/

The winners in the Internet Innovation, Flash, and Emerging Markets and
Mobile Necessities categories will be announced on September 1, in the
evening prior to Nokia World 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany at an awards ceremony
being held at the Porsche Museum. The Apps on Maps winners will be announced
on September 3, during Nokia World.

In the Flash category, there is an additional prize of $10,000 USD for
one application that also received funds from the Open Screen Project Fund
(http://openscreen.forum.nokia.com/) this year.

Finally, the top 10 submissions in all three categories will receive the
“Judge’s Choice Award”, which provides a one-year membership in Forum Nokia
Launchpad (value of 300 euros). All Forum Nokia Launchpad members receive
access to exclusive resources and support.

About Forum Nokia Developer Community

Nokia’s global developer program, Forum Nokia Developer Community (FNDC)
connects developers to tools, technical information, support, and
distribution channels they can use to build and market applications around
the globe. From offices in the U.S., Europe, India, Japan, China, and
Singapore, FNDC provides technical and business development support to
developers and operators to assist them in achieving their goal of
successfully launching applications and services to consumers and
enterprises. More information is available at http://www.forum.nokia.com.

About Nokia

Nokia (NYSE: NOK) is a pioneer in mobile telecommunications and the
world’s leading maker of mobile devices. Today, we are connecting people in
new and different ways – fusing advanced mobile technology with personalized
services to enable people to stay close to what matters to them. We also
provide comprehensive digital map information through NAVTEQ; and equipment,
solutions and services for communications networks through Nokia Siemens
Networks.Networks.


http://www.nokia.com

SOURCE Nokia Corporation


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