Java Masters: And the winners are…

The winners of the international developers’ competition Java Masters, organized by BenQ Mobile and Sun Microsystems, have been decided. In the “Student” category, Weijian Chen from the People’s Republic of China convinced the jury with the music player application LyricShow Player which runs song Iyrics synchronously, and enables to show E-books in parallel. In the “Professional” segment, the German developers Thomas Bauer and Heiko Vogeler prevailed among the 10 finalists. Their GPS application Bike GPS Mobile is a Java-based application for outdoor navigation. It enables active mountainbikers not only to track downloaded routes and altitude profiles, but also recording of GPS tracks is enabled with this application. Actually – it’s gone public already and can be found here:

The participants in the Java Masters 2006 competition were required to develop new Java applications for the Siemens SXG75, S75 and CX75 mobile phones. The prizes were awarded yesterday during the Developer Conference on August 22 at Games Convention Developer Conference (GCDC) in Leipzig, Germany. (A short report will follow about this conference – please be patient…)

LyricShow PlayerThe aim of the Java Masters is to motivate developers around the world to dedicate themselves to programming new mobile applications on the basis of the Java Platform (J2ME). This year’s competition again attracted a high level of international interest. The most numerous submissions came from countries like China, India, Germany, Ukraine, Turkey, and Brazil.

More than 10,000 online voters visited the website from June 16 to July 16 and reviewed the 10 best candidates on the basis of demos and project descriptions in order to select their favorites in both categories and vote for them. The liveliest interest came from Turkey, China, UK, and Brazil. All applications were specially developed and submitted for the Siemens SXG75, S75 and CX75 mobile phones.

odGPSThe jury in the elimination round, which comprised technology and marketing experts from BenQ Mobile and Sun Microsystems, based its evaluation not only on the innovative potential and user-friendliness of the applications, but also on their commercial possibilities. The final winners of the “Java Masters” were decided by online voting of visitors to the Java Masters website.

This year’s prizes were awarded for two categories: “Student Java Masters” and “Professional Java Masters” In the first category, apart from Weijian Chen from China, who took first prize for the music player application LyricShow Player, Vladimir Vasilyev from Germany came away with the second prize for the Webcam Application Mobile Webcam (server based), where the pictures from your camera phone can be sent directly in your internet album. Cumhur Cevik from Turkey won the third prize with the community based multiplayer game ChatRise.

Among the professional Java Masters participants, the winners Thomas Bauer and Heiko Vogeler from the Germany took first prize with the GPS application Bike GPS Mobile, while Markus Koch from Brazil garnered second place with the dancing game Dance Mania. The Thailand’s Permbun Aimsupasit came third with Sim President, a economy simulation game which can make the game player acting the role as the country’s president who manages and controls the countries economy to grow.

Here’s a picture of Weijian Chen, Vladimir Vasilyev and myself in the middle: Weijian Chen, Vladimir Vasilyev and myself in the middle

The prizes were awarded to the winners on August 22 during the Developer Party at Games Convention Developer Conference (GCDC) in Leipzig, Germany. The first prize winners receive high-end BenQ-Siemens mobile phones and their travel costs to the awards ceremony, as well as a visit to the Games Convention in Leipzig combined with a few days’ stay in the historic city. Attractive technological prizes from BenQ Mobile and Sun Microsystems awaited the second and third prize winners.

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