I am starting to think that app development contests are a dime a dozen right now, but to me that just shows how many companies are interested in developing apps of all kinds. This contest may be one of the most broad ideas that I have seen.
Elsevier, the world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information, is sponsoring a contest “to help more than 15 million researchers, medical professionals, librarians and students navigate scientific content, improve scientific search and discovery, visualize sophisticated data in more insightful and attractive ways and stimulate collaboration.”
This is no small task considering the amount of information that Elsevier provides. According to the contest website their content and meta data contains more than 10 million full text articles.
The contest offers even more than just cash prizes. Developers will retain all of the IP rights to their submissions as well as having the opportunity to market their app to the aforementioned 15 million users from 10,000 different institutions on Elsevier’s SciVerse Application Marketplace.
I love how this contest opens up app development to a more educational side of the house. It is not just designed for the end users, but can be used by researchers and developers to further even more growth and development.
There is still a month left for submissions so if you are interested in finding out more about this contest or submitting an entry of your own you can do so on the contest website.