South African social computing company MXit has announced a R100 000.00 competition for developers and budding computer cowboys.
The competition, which runs from 1 April to 1 June, is to source a PC client for the mobile based instant messenger. The developer of the best PC client is set to win R100 000.00 and will be offered a job with MXit.
"The rationale for the launch of the PC client competition is that innovation comes from the core community of our users," says Herman Heunis, CEO and founder of MXit. "We know there's great talent out there and we want to enable our user base to create a PC client that works for them.
"This underpins our company philosophy of inspiring innovation. The idea is to connect with users by encouraging creativity and we look forward to building a strong relationship with developers."
MXit is a free instant messaging program for mobile phones. It allows members to chat to other MXit users anywhere in the world by means of instant messages to and from mobile phones using GPRS or 3G – instead of using standard SMS technology which is expensive.
The search for a PC client is the logical next step in MXit's evolution.
However, the competition has strict criteria. In order for a developer to submit his application and stand a chance to win the cash prize and a job, he will have to register on the development landing page on the MXit web site.
The competition runs for two months and will be judged by MXit developers and beta testers. MXit will ultimately own the software and the winning developer will be announced during the month of June.
"Given the strong MXit user base and the versatility of the MXit platform, the right to develop is a 'no brainer'," says Heunis. "We're excited to see how our open approach will push new boundaries of instant messaging development and are eager for all enthusiasts to share their creations with the MXit community."