09 April – 2008 – QtCentre launced the second edition of the Qt Programming Contest, the only programming contest focused on the Qt®/ Qtopia® community. Last year a range of innovative Qt-based applications were awarded with various electronic devices – Qtopia enabled mobile phones, laptop, recreational devices, various books on software development and more. Perhaps more important, the contestants were shown to the Qt community and new contacts between developers were made.

“I participated in the contest last year primarily for getting expert validation and review for my project (GCF – Generic Component Framework). After the contest, I got a sound validation and more. GCF won 3rd place in Helper Library category, people started using the project, I met a lot of wonderful people later that year when I presented the project at FOSS.IN, I might get a chance to present GCF at aKademy this year, and I am also able to extract commercial benefit out of the project through the consulting work we do from our company (VCreate Logic). QtCentre Programming Contest is a great platform to showcase code; and even if you lose you win – atleast someone highly experienced in the field would have taken a real good look at your code,” says Prashanth N Udupa, Software Developer, VCreate Logic (P) Ltd. – Author of GCF and VTK Designer 2.

This year’s contest accepts entries in the following categories: collaboration, education, project management, automation, demo, plasmoid and newcomer. The QtCentre staff are looking forward to a new range of contestants that will surprise the community with their quality, innovation and playfulness.

“Trolltech’s Qt makes it possible for developers to concentrate on the creative process. I regard the QtCentre Programming Contest as an arena for developers to inspire each other while using Qt for new and interesting purposes. Qt allows developers to be innovative and to program, only once, a range of different applications that work across desktops and devices,” says Lars Knoll, VP of Engineering at Trolltech.

It would not have been possible to hold the contest without the generous sponsors contributing judges and prizes.