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Announcing the 2004 Mac OS X Innovators Contest

by Derrick Story

Now that WWDC and the Apple Design Awards have made big splashes, it's time to turn our sights to the 2004 Mac OS X Innovators Contest. If you have a cool application or plugin that runs natively on Panther, this event is your opportunity to show them to the world, and maybe win some great prizes along the way.

This year's event will be very similar to last year's, except that we're only having one round (instead of three). The contest is open now, so you can read the rules, then check out the prizes, and when you're ready, complete the entry form.

The contest is open for entries during the months of July and August 2004, and the winners will be announced at the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference the last week of October.

Once again we have both International and U.S. categories. Winners from both categories receive acknowledgement and the ability to promote their works as contest finalists. All finalists are also invited to attend the Mac OS X Conference with admission fees waived. Only the U.S. winners are eligible for the ADC membership prizes.

The objective of this event is to highlight the great applications being developed for Panther outside of Apple. We at O'Reilly believe that Mac OS X is a great platform. We've dedicated a major web site (MacDevCenter.com) and a conference to support those who want to innovate with these tools -- whether it's creating a work around for your own needs or developing a major application to benefit the entire community. We encourage you to participate in this event so we can show the world how vibrant the Mac community is.

Last year's winners gathered at the Mac OS X Conference and provided the audience with insights about surviving as an independent developer.

To help you get a feel for how this unfolded last year, take a look at the articles and interviews on the Innovators site. I documented the events in 2003, and will do so again this year. I saw many of last year's winners at the recent WWDC, and I'm happy to report that they are still innovating.

After you read the rules and spend some time with the site, feel free to post your comments and questions in the TalkBacks section at the end of this article. Chances are that if you have a question, many others are thinking the same thing. This public forum is the best place to keep everyone informed.

But now it's time to pull your great ideas together and show the world. Enter your best creation in the 2004 Mac OS X Innovators Contest.

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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