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Asia-Pacific Mobile Developers Named Finalists of Forum Nokia Calling All Innovators Global Mobile Application Developer Competition

Forum Nokia announced the 11 finalists in its Calling All Innovators global mobile developer contest, designed to generate applications and solutions that help to improve the quality of life on the planet. Three of the eleven finalists are from Asia-Pacific (APAC) region..

Nearly 1,000 developers answered Nokia’s challenge to think big and create mobile applications and services that can help build a better world. Nokia will award up to USD 150,000 in cash and prizes to the ultimate winners, in addition to helping the winning developers distribute their mobile applications worldwide.

The Calling All Innovators website received more than 246,382 unique visitors and more than 12,000 developers from around the world registered with Forum Nokia, the world’s largest mobile developer community, in connection with the contest.

“The global interest in Calling All Innovators exceeded all expectations,” said Miikka Nevasalo, Director of Forum Nokia, Asia. “Developers went above and beyond with a variety of innovations demonstrating real potential to impact the future of our world.”

Applicants rose to the challenge issued by Dean Kamen, technology pioneer and Calling All Innovators supporter, best known as the Segway PT inventor and founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization which inspires high school students worldwide to study science and technology.

A complete list of Forum Nokia’s Calling All Innovators finalists including video demonstrations of the applications can be found online at www.callingallinnovators.com. Following are the APAC finalists in the Calling All Innovators global contest:

ECO-Challenge: Applicants were asked to submit applications or solutions that can minimize mobility’s global environmental impact and enable consumers to make sustainable lifestyle choices that reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint.

Green Phone (India) – An S60 application maximizing battery life through improved regulation of device backlight, WLAN, Bluetooth and charger power consumption.

Emerging Markets: This category focused on making improvements in the daily lives of millions in developing nations, calling on developers to create new mobile solutions for areas such as education, health data access, infotainment and agriculture.

Nano Ganesh (India) – This application allows farmers in India to establish remote contact with distant, modem-equipped electric irrigation pumps , to check on power supply and pump operation without the need to travel long distances

Technology Showcase: This category highlights compelling applications for individuals or communities that are focused on the end-user experience and are built using Flash Lite, Java, Python, open source or other technologies supported by Series 40 or S60 devices.

Neuscreen (Thailand) – This application utilizes the drawing, touch-screen and camera functionalities of a Nokia N95 device connected to a normal television set to track the motion of a simple pen light and enable “virtual” drawing, as well as projection and manipulation directly on the TV screen of images stored on the mobile device.

Winners will be announced on February 17, 2009 at Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona during the Forum Nokia Calling All Innovators Award Ceremony. All the finalists will receive paid travel and accommodations to Mobile World Congress. First place winners in each category will receive USD 25,000 and distribution of their winning applications for free through a variety of Nokia channels. Second place winners in each category will receive USD 10,000 and third place winners will receive USD 5,000.

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