updated 02:20 pm EDT, Mon August 21, 2006
"Woz" to judge app contest
A software developer today announced "My Dream App," a competition inviting participants to submit their ideas for a "killer" application. Forty popular Mac developers, well-known bloggers, established members of the tech media, user-interface designers, and Apple alumni have joined the My Dream App contest as guest judges to provide critique on finalist entries. Judges include Digg.com founder Kevin Rose, New York Times columnist David Pogue, former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Contestants are to compete for a chance to have their idea realized as a Macintosh shareware application while earning royalties on software sales. The contest is also offering numerous Mac and iPod prizes to finalists. "It's always fun when someone innovates in the computer world. My Dream App is doing that by turning software design and development on its head. It's going to be interesting to see how this all turns out," Wozniak said.
Phill Ryu -- the originator of the contest -- believes that My Dream App represents a revolution in software development.
"My Dream App will do for software users what American Idol did for aspiring singers. All it takes is a really great idea, and you don't even have to use a Mac," Ryu said. "We're democratizing software."
The initial entries will be narrowed down to 24 innovative ideas by the My Dream App team. Visitors will vote to decide which application ideas stay and which get eliminated until three winning ideas remain. During the event, constant feedback from users as well as guest judges will help finalists continually improve upon their original idea. Each finalist will maintain a blog on the site to further articulate his or her dream application.
Experienced Mac developers Jason Harris of Unsanity (author of ShapeShifter), Austin Sarner (author of AppZapper) and Martin Ott (author of SubEthaEdit) will develop the three winning ideas into shareware applications, and development will be managed by software vet and two-time Apple Design Award winner John Casasanta of Inventive (author of iClip).
Submissions are open to all and end Friday, September 1st. After all submissions are collected, the 24 finalists will be announced day by day and the first week of user voting will begin on Thursday, September 21st.