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February 2009

Esri Offers $16,000 in Cash Prizes for the 2009 ArcGIS Server Mashup and ArcGIS Mobile Code Challenges

By Jennifer Jacob and David Martinez, Esri

Developers are invited to submit their original code samples for Esri's ArcGIS Server Mashup and Mobile Code Challenges (, which will award cash prizes to the winners. The winners' names will be announced at the 2009 Esri Developer Summit (DevSummit) in March in Palm Springs, California.

The challenges give developers the opportunity to share their creativity and expertise with their peers in the geographic information system (GIS) developer community. The first-place prize for the ArcGIS Server Mashup Code Challenge is US $7,000, and the second-place prize is US$3,000. The first-place prize for the ArcGIS Mobile Code Challenge is US $4,000, and the second-place prize is US $2,000.

The developer community will have an opportunity to review and vote for the top two entries in each challenge based on creativity, applicability, and the relevance of each code sample. Entries must be mobile GIS applications developed using the ArcGIS Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) or a Web mashup built with ArcGIS Server SDKs. For official rules and detailed guidelines, visit

The DevSummit, being held March 23-26, 2009, attracts developers and others from around the world who use GIS, mapping, and spatial data. The event will be at the Wyndham Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center. Developers will learn the latest GIS technologies and best practices to build, customize, and deploy spatially enabled applications. Visit to learn more and register.

The code challenges are open to all developers, including Esri business partners, provided the applicant or the applicant's organization is a licensed user of ArcGIS Server 9.2 or ArcGIS Server 9.3 or is a current Esri Developer Network (EDN) subscriber.

To enter either of the code challenges, developers need to create an original code sample using ArcGIS Server or ArcGIS Mobile and upload it to the ArcGIS Server Code Gallery or the ArcGIS Mobile Code Gallery ( for consideration. To qualify, the online entry form must be submitted by March 6, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific standard time. The developer community will vote for first- and second-place winners for each challenge. Winning applications will be announced no later than Thursday, March 26, 2009, at the DevSummit and will be showcased at and the Esri Resource Centers.

To learn more about the code challenges or the Esri Developer Summit, visit

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