Intel is looking for "breakthru apps" in the emerging field of perceptual computing. A new challenge has just begun with a million dollar prize pool.
The competition, the second to be staged, is for "the most innovative ideas that leverage the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK" and in the first phase, which runs until June 17th contestants need to register and provide details of an idea in one of four categories:
Creative User Experience
This video trailer showcases some of the ideas from the previous Perceptual Computing Challenge:
Judges will select 750 finalists from the ideas submission round who will each receive a Creative Interactive Gesture Camera Kit (commercially available at $149), which they can keep if they go on to submit a demo of an app.
The following table shows the stages through which contestants can progress:
Starts at 8:00 GMT
Ends at 23:59 GMT
Judging & Loaner Camera Fulfillment
Early Profile Form Submission
Early Demo App Submission
Final Demo App Submission
This round of the competition has similar eligibility rules to the previous one but now includes more countries. It is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (and D.C.), Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), the United Kingdom, India, South Korea, Germany, Japan, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Russia, Israel, Australia, Spain, France, Belgium and Indonesia who are at least eighteen (18) years of age and the age of majority in their country of residence at the time of entry and are able to read and understand the English language.
It is open to individuals and teams interestingly Intel encourages contestants to submit apps they have used in previous competitions as long as they use the Perceptual Computing features.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive $100,000 USD plus $50,000 in marketing and development consultations and in each category there will be cash prizes:
1 x First Place Prize of $75,000 + $12,500 in Marketing and Development Consultations
3 x Second Place Prizes of $10,000
20 x Third Place Prizes of $5,000 each
Intel obviously has high hopes of its Perceptual Computing initiative and the lure of getting one of the new Creative camera kits should be enough to get developers equally excited.