OpenNTF is happy to announce the second development contest on OpenNTF.Org sponsored by IBM Business Partner We4IT. Contribute your open source project between now and December 2nd and have a chance to win an iPad 2, iPhone 5 or Amazon voucher.

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With this contest OpenNTF and We4IT want to further increase the number of XPages open source projects to help with the adoption of XPages.

Stefan Sucker, CEO, We4IT GmbH, stated: "Our extensive work in the Lotus Notes field leads us to believe that the future of IBM Domino applications lies in the browser. Naturally XPages technology plays a very central role to how we will attain this browser based functionality in the future. For this reason we want to support the creation of as many XPages controls as possible. We saw a huge amount of interest in the first contest and are anticipating with excitement the creations which will no doubt result from the second contest.".

Bruce Elgort, OpenNTF chairman, said: "Following on the success of the first OpenNTF development contest I am excited to see what the development community will be building for this new contest. I am seeing more and more businesses developing mobile and social apps and the timing of this contest couldn't be better. It is also great to see so many new contributors participating on OpenNTF."

We ask participants to contribute XPages source code to help building either mobile and/or social applications. These contributions can either be full applications which can be customized or extended or they can be reusable XPages controls as in the first contest.

Mobile applications or controls are specialized for the usage on smartphones and/or tablets running in WebKit based browsers. We accept submissions for Apple iOS 3 or later and Android 2.0 or later. Technically you can use either the OpenNTF Mobile Controls or the out of the box mobile controls from the Extension Library.

Social applications or controls connect to social services either on premise or in the cloud, e.g. IBM Connections, LotusLive, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Technically they often use techniques like REST, JSON, Atom and OAuth as used in the Social Enabler project on OpenNTF.

Note: The goal is to provide significant new releases of the mobile controls in the extension library and a significant new release of the social enabler project later this fall which will change the existing controls and their interfaces. If you want to leverage these specific technologies it is recommended to wait since these releases will require 8.5.3 which will be released on 10/04. If you want to start earlier you can use the OpenNTF Mobile Controls, embed jQuery Mobile in NSFs, use the embedded OAuth libraries from the Social Enabler project, use any other OAuth libraries, etc.

Awards and Recognition

Each of the three winners can choose between one of the three prizes:
1) Apple iPad 2, 64 GB Wifi or 32 GB 3G
2) Apple iPhone 5, 32 GB if available in December
3) Amazon voucher for $800 if available in your country (if available)

The winners will be invited to present their controls at an OpenNTF Board of Directors meeting with executives from various companies.

OpenNTF will also create videos and screenshots (if not done by contributors), blog about these controls and have them put on as done for the first contest.


We'll use the following criteria when judging the contributions:

1) Reusability, consumability and documentation
2) "Wow" factor and completeness of solution
3) Overall business value
4) Amount of work to build the submission(s)


Everyone can participate and submit nominations, with the exception of the OpenNTF Board of Directors. While members of the Board may not personally submit a nomination, other employees of their respective companies may submit. A contribution can be submitted by more than one person but the award would have to be shared between the submitters.

Prerequisites for valid Submissions

Any open source project may be submitted for consideration for this contest  that has been accepted for either the Apache or GPL catalog on OpenNTF. The following points describe in details these prerequisites.

1. Authors need to be approved OpenNTF contributors, e.g. they need to be covered by an ICLA or CCLA (details).
2. Submissions have to be posted under one of the four accepted OpenNTF licences. For example for Apache submissions the Apache license has to be applied correctly (details).
3. Submissions must have been cleared by the ip-manager at openntf dot org so that they can be added to either the Apache or GPL catalog. Contact the IP manager if you need to use third party code.
4. Submissions will be evaluated on Domino 8.5.3. Non-working submissions or submissions that judges cannot get to work will not be considered. No other product versions will be used for evaluation.

5. Submissions of web applications/controls will be evaluated on the most common browsers Firefox, IE, Chrome and Safari (latest releases). If you're aware of issues of your submission in certain browsers please let us know.
6. For mobile applications/controls we accept submissions for Apple iOS 3 or later and Android 2.0 or later. Also since there are legal constraints to open source native code the mobile applications need to be pure web applications.
7. Submissions need at least to provide two or three paragraphs of documentation, some screenshots and in the optimal case a short demo video (all in English).
8. Projects or new releases of existing projects need to be created on OpenNTF where  the submission is in the form of a Project Release. Existing releases can not be nominated but parts of existing projects can be reused and extended.


You need to have the code on OpenNTF and send a mail to support at openntf dot org  and ip-manage at openntf dot org (for IP clearance).


December 2nd 2011: Deadline for submissions
December 12th 2011: Announcement of winners


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