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The Missing Manuals

Deadline for Second Innovators Contest Nears

by Derrick Story

I've just finished reviewing the current entries for the second Mac OS X Innovators Contest, and I want to give you an update on the situation. As of June 4, which is only a few days from the June 16 deadline, here's how things stand.

Update on Entries as of June 4

We have 22 entries right now. Sixteen of those submissions are for the U.S. contest, and only six are for the International category. The light turnout in the International category surprises me somewhat because of all the intense discussion about the "U.S. only" clause in the first contest. We found a way to remove that restriction for this contest, yet the entries have not materialized. That being said, I'm very excited about the International entries we have received so far.

Another thing I've noticed is that many of the very strong candidates from the last contest, ones that just barely missed placing first or second, haven't entered in round two. This is noteworthy because this contest has a smaller field than the first contest, and the winners from before are ineligible to participate again.

Another thing to keep in mind is that we're going to award Honorable Mentions to a very elite group of entrants at the end of the final contest that concludes in October at the Mac OS X Conference. Those Honorable Mentions will be determined by high-placing entries that didn't win a first- or second-place prize.

Review of the Prizes

Winners from both the U.S. Residents and International categories will be announced at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon, July 7-11, 2003, and their software will be featured on the computers in the Rendezvous Lounge so conference attendees can explore and enjoy the applications. Follow-up articles, interviews, and other forms of recognition apply equally to winners in both categories.

Here are the prize details for first place in the U.S. Residents category:

ADC Premier Membership

The ADC Premier Program ($3,500 USD per year) offers software and hardware developers the most complete suite of development products and services from Apple. Premier members receive a monthly CD Series that includes tools, technologies and reference materials. They also receive prerelease software, a full conference pass to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, eight developer technical support incidents, discounts on Apple hardware for development and testing, discounts on technical and business services, and more.

Full Pass to the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference

Mac OS X Innovators from all over the world will be meeting in Santa Clara, Claifornia in late October 2003 for the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference. Both first- and second-place contest winners will receive full passes to this conference, which provides access to all events, sessions, and tutorials.

One Year Individual Membership to Safari Bookshelf

Gain online access to hundreds of titles by O'Reilly, Addison Wesley, Peachpit Press, New Riders, Prentice Hall, and more through this premium service. Both first- and second-prize winners will receive a one-year membership to O'Reilly Network Safari Bookshelf.

Here are the prize details for second place in the U.S. Residents category:

ADC Select Membership

The ADC Select Program ($500 USD per year) provides software and hardware developers with the convenience of technical and business information and resources on the monthly CD Series. The Select program provides access to prerelease software, two developer technical support incidents, and discounts on technical and business services. This special Select membership prize also includes one developer hardware discount.

Full Pass to the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference

See above.

One Year Individual Membership to Safari Bookshelf

See above.

Final Thoughts

There is already some good-looking software entered in the second contest. And if we stopped right now, I think the winners would well-represent the Mac community.

But if you've been thinking of entering, and haven't done so yet, remember the deadline is fast approaching. And even if you don't place first or second, you are still in the running for the elite Honorable Mentions.

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Derrick Story is the author of The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, The Digital Photography Companion, and Digital Photography Hacks, and coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual, with David Pogue. You can follow him on Twitter or visit www.thedigitalstory.com.

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