Samsung announces Bixby DevJam contest with $125k prize money

Samsung has announced the launch of Bixby DevJam, a contest with $125k prize money in total up-for-grabs.

Developers are tasked with developing new “Bixby Capsules” (voice apps, basically) which must be submitted and approved before December 9th to be eligible.

The overall winner will receive $10,000 while second and third place finalists will be awarded $5,000 each. A further five runner-ups will receive $1,000 each.

Winners of the following 20 store categories will also receive $1,000:

Art and lifestyle

Games and fun

News and magazines

Social

Business and finance

Health and fitness

Photography

Sports

Communication

Local

Productivity

Travel and transportation

Education and reference

Movies and TV

Shopping

Utilities

Food and drink

Music and audio

Smart home

Weather

To further encourage participation, the first 250 submissions will receive $300 of US Samsung Store credit. There’s also a weekly raffle for two $500 prizes.

Basically, there’s plenty of ways for developers to earn some cash while helping to boost Bixby’s lacklustre offerings when compared to Alexa and Google. The current lack of good Bixby apps provides a ripe opportunity to stand out.

Apps will be judged across four metrics: technical innovation, creativity, execution, and polish.

You can find out more and enter Bixby DevJam here.

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