IGNite The Site Applications Competition Launches at MySpace devJam

At today’s MySpace devJam in Sydney I launched the IGNite the Site competition. With a cash prize of $4,000 and the opportunity for the winning app to be showcased to over 2.5 million MySpace users, this is a fantastic opportunity for Australian and New Zealand app developers.

To be in the running, developers will need to utilise the MySpace Developer Platform to create an app that both promotes and captures the spirit of IGN.com, the number one gaming and entertainment website in the region.  The winner will be selected after the competition closes on Friday, 5 September 2008 and the judges will be looking for originality and usability and the app’s ability to promote IGN to the masses.

Go here for more info, and to submit an entry send a friedn request for your app to myspace.com/jocorotten with the title of your app and your contact details.

[Disclosure: Randal Leeb-du Toit is an adviser to Fox Interactive Media, the parent company of both MySpace and IGN.]

Announcing MySpace devJams across Australia

Following on from an awesome devJam in Sydney on June 5th, I’m pleased to announce that I’m going to be hosting a further three events in Australia in July.

These events are a must attend for everyone who codes and has an interest in building social media apps.

There will be door prizes and the opportunity to head over to San Francisco and/or Tokyo – read more about these opportunities and each of the events from the following links:

We are working on rolling out similar events in other major cities across Australia.

I’d like to thank the guys from Mitchellake for providing us with their uber cool offices for these events.

MySpace devJam wrapup

Yesterday I hosted a MySpace devJam day in Sydney. Despite the wintry weather we had an excellent turn out of switched on developers keen to get to grips with the MySpace Developer Platform.

Daniel Reyes, the local Head of Engineering for MySpace gave a detailed run through on building apps and did a blow by blow of his IOU app.

Jeremy Lebard spoke about his personal library app, Booktagger, and praised the MySpace dev team for their quick response time.

This was followed by Jodee Rich giving a demo of Peoplebrowsr – a far more visual meta aggregator than FriendFeed. I’ll bring you more on this great product in due course.

A big hat tip to the Australian MySpace team for making their assistance in making this event happen.  I can also highly recommend the Ideas Finder at Naked as a venue for brain storming – they have a great crew who are keen to make your experience special.

I’ll be hosting a few more devJams shortly, including a specific social gaming session. Stay tuned.

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Kate Carruthers

MySpace To Roll Out devJams Downunder

MySpace Australia is rolling out series of one day devJams.
The first of these developer days will take place in Sydney on 5th June from 10am to 7h30pm.

Developers will be able to learn the ins and outs of the MySpace Developer Platform, hear inside views from both members of the MySpace developer team as well as from the developers of such apps as Booktagger and Peoplebrowsr.

Developers should “Bring Your Own Laptop” as they will have an unprecedented opportunity to spend an afternoon building a MySpace app with MySpace developers on hand to assist with hot tips.

Developers will also be able to showcase their creativity at the end of the day and benefit from peer review.

Places are limited so sign up asap. There is no cost for this full day event. For further details on the devJam series go to MySpace Aussie Developers.