On September 1, Alcatel-Lucent challenged global developers of the TopCoder® Inc. community to build as many applications as possible in 100 days for the opportunity to win prizes totaling $165,000. When the challenge ended on December 10, a distinguished panel of industry judges from Connected Planet, ReadWriteWeb and Redmonk had the difficult task of judging application entries on the basis of API usage, appeal, implementation and functionality.
100 Apps in 100 Days Challenge is a global developer competition to mash up web and network APIs (application programming interfaces) into exciting new potential commercial services in travel, healthcare, financial services, retail and media. Combining capabilities from our ProgrammableWeb, OpenPlug and Open API Service, developers created over 160 applications to demonstrate the power of Applications Enablement and the value of the network as an application platform. An innovative travel application submitted by Swedish computer science student Margaryta Skrypachova that allows end users to automatically let their social network know when they are running late to an important meeting, earned the twenty-two-year-old developer the grand prize in Alcatel-Lucent’s 100 Apps in 100 Days Challenge — $10,000 and a free trip to 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.