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The Official Mac OS X Innovators Site

The winners of the 2004 Mac OS X Innovators Contest were announced at the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference the last week of October 2004 in Santa Clara, CA.

This page is the living history of contest activities for both the 2003 and 2004 events.

Featured Articles and Updates

U.S. and International Winners of the 2004 Mac OS X Innovators Contest Announced 

Mac OS X Innovators Contest Update  The winners have been notified for the 2004 Mac OS X Innovators Contest. Here's a look at the judging process, and some information about what happens from here.

Mac OS X Innovators Contest Update  The Mac OS X Innovators Contest has been open for a month now, and Derrick Story is looking at some pretty good entries. If you haven't thrown your app in the ring yet, now is the time to do so -- the contest closes at the end of August.

Announcing the 2004 Mac OS X Innovators Contest  The second Mac OS X Innovators contest is open and ready for your entry. Here are the links and info you need to shine a light on your great idea.

Interview with Oliver Breidenbach of Boinx Software  Boinx's Software's iStopMotion enables users to create sophisticated stop-motion animation movies with nothing more than an iSight and a Mac OS X computer. It recently captured first place in the International division of the Mac OS X Innovators Contest. Oliver Breidenbach is the public face for Boinx, and I had the chance to talk with him about Mac software development, marketing, and how to survive in this business.

Mac OS X Innovators Contest Winners Announced at O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference  Independent software developers can't help themselves--they keep creating cool, useful, even beautiful applications for the Macintosh platform. Proof can be found at the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, where the winners of the third and final round of O'Reilly's Mac OS X Innovators Contest were announced. Winning applications include OmniOutliner, iBlog, iStopMotion, ACSLogo, and F-Script.

Mac OS X Innovators Update: Round 3  The judging is over and the winners have been notified in the third and final round of the Mac OS X Innovators Contest. The formal announcement will be made at the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003.

From NEXTSTEP to Now: An Interview with LaunchBar's Norbert Heger  When LaunchBar was announced as a winner in the second Mac OS X Innovator's Contest, we received lots of positive comments from readers who were fans of this software. Like so many good ideas, the concept for this software has been around for a while. Its roots go back to 1995 and NEXTSTEP. Norbert Heger describes those early days and the evolution of this terrific Mac OS X application.

Interview with VoodooPad's Gus Mueller  August Mueller believed that the wiki could be a useful personal tool, too. After all, don't most computers make it difficult to keep track of small bits of information? That was the genesis of his award-winning application, VoodooPad. In this conversation, Gus explains how he brought this idea to fruition, and he provides some tips for Mac OS X developers.

Building an Award-Winning Application by Milestones: An Interview with Martin Pittenauer  In this interview with Martin Pittenauer of TheCodingMonkeys, the software development group that also includes Martin Ott, Dominik Wagner, and Ulrich Bauer, he talks about how this group of guys sat down and decided that they wanted to create a great Mac OS X application. Once they had the initial concept, they set goals for themselves and methodically reached each milestone that eventually led to a 2003 Apple Design Award, and an unexpected prize in the Mac OS X Innovators Contest.

Paul Kafasis Tells the Story of Audio Hijack Pro 
There are many ways to build a successful software company. In this interview with Paul Kafasis of Rogue Amoeba, you'll see how three guys built the award-winning application Audio Hijack Pro while working miles, and sometimes even countries, apart.

Hydra, VoodooPad, Finish Tops in Second Mac OS X Innovators Contest  Hydra, VoodooPad Earn Top Awards in Second Mac OS X Innovators Contest Here's the official announcement with links to the sites of each of the winners.

Judging Update for the Second Mac OS X Innovators Contest 
The International entries have had a positive impact on the second contest. Many excellent US submissions too. Here's a quick update on the judging and what happens next.

Deadline for Second Innovators Contest Nears 
The deadline for the second Mac OS X Innovators Contest is fast approaching: Monday, June 16, 2003. So polish up that software and enter today.

Innovator Insight: A Chat with Robb Beal 
In this second Innovator Insight interview, Derrick Story talks with Robb Beal, creator of Spring, and the second-place winner of the inaugural Mac OS X Innovators Contest, to discover the process that a successful Mac developer uses to take a germ of an idea full term to a successful conclusion.

Innovator Insight -- A Chat with Brent Simmons 
In this first Innovator Insight interview, Derrick Story talks with Brent Simmons, creator of NetNewsWire, and the first-place winner of the Mac OS X Innovators Contest, to discover the process that a successful Mac developer uses to take a germ of an idea full term to a successful conclusion.

The Second Coming of the Mac OS X Innovators Contest 
The second Mac OS X Innovators Contest is now open for business. Two categories are available this time--U.S. Residents and International. Deadline for entry is Monday, June 16, 2003. So polish up that software and enter today.

NetNewsWire and Spring Earn Top Awards in Inaugural Mac OS X Innovators Contest 
NetNewsWire and Spring earn top two awards in the inaugural Mac OS X Innovators contest. Here's the official announcement.

Judging for First Mac Innovators Contest Complete, Award Presentation Scheduled 
The ballots have been cast and the winners decided upon for the inaugural Mac OS X Innovators contest. This update brings you up to speed on the awards presentation and sets the stage for the second competition.

Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Judging Process for the Mac OS X Innovators Contest 
The entries for round one are in and the judging has begun. Here's a look at the process to determine the winners for round one of the Mac OS X Innovators Contest ... and a few hints for those preparing for round two.


   

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Tim O'Reilly says he gets his best ideas by "watching the alpha geeks." This year's Mac OS X Conference will feature innovators in programming, digital audio, and all things Mac. (Photo by Derrick Story)

O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference

The Mac OS X Conference is designed for the real switchers out there: Gear heads who prefer Apache over IAS, perl over ASP, and MySQL over Sequel. It's for folks whose true interest in Samba is that it allows them to integrate their preferred tools into a mixed computing environment. And when Microsoft is referred to, it's alluding to that glint of hope still burning deep within Seattle called the Mac Business Unit.

If this sounds like a group of Mac experts that you'd like to hang out with and learn from, then join Tim O'Reilly in Santa Clara on October 25-28 for the conference that appreciates the brains, not just the body, of Mac OS X.






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