Samsung challenged software developers to create applications for their Samsung Smart TVs

Until recently, TVs have needed help from other devices in order to run software applications. But finally, Samsung is freeing the TV, with its Samsung Apps line of televisions and Blu-ray devices, which can download, install, and run apps natively.  Samsung Apps is built into all Samsung 2010 Blu-ray players, Blu-ray Home Theater Systems, and the majority of TVs 40 inches and larger.  For the first time, distributing content to TVs is as easy as creating an app!

To celebrate the release of the Samsung TV Application software development kit (SDK) for this industry-leading line of TVs and Blu-Ray devices, Samsung is offering $500,000 in cash and prizes for the individuals or teams that develop the best looking, most brilliantly conceived, and most functional apps. Developers will retain all intellectual property ownership for their submissions, while having the opportunity to reach millions of people through their television sets.

The Challenge is open to U.S. residents of the 50 States (including the District of Columbia), as well as organizations employing fewer than 50 people that are domiciled in the United States. The Corporate Recognition Award is a non-cash recognition award intended to encourage organizations with fifty (50) or more employees to enter.

View full rules

How to enter

1) During the Submission Period, Visit the Samsung D Forum at: http://www.samsungdforum.com/us

2) Register, agree to all terms, and download the Samsung TV Application Software Development Kit (SDK) by clicking the "SDK and Tools" link on the left column

3) Create your software application using the Samsung TV Application SDK, and upload it to the Samsung D Forum website at http://www.samsungdforum.com/us so that it may begin the Samsung QA and approval process

4) Visit the Submit Application form on this site, where you must register a ChallengePost account, and submit a video of your application, text description, at least one photograph of your working software application, and your Samsung D Forum ID Number.

Judges

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson
Samsung

Bob Borchers
Opus Capital

Roelof Botha

Roelof Botha
Sequoia Capital

Jeremy Levine

Jeremy Levine
Bessemer Venture Partners

Mike Maples, Jr

Mike Maples, Jr
Floodgate

Judging Criteria

  • Visual Appeal
    The application's visual appeal
  • Idea Quality
    The quality of the idea behind the application
  • Implementation
    The implementation of the idea