So if you’re one of the 10,000 people attending Campus Party next week in Berlin, make sure you check out the Telefonica Firefox OS challenge. It’s a unique opportunity to get your hands on – and try out – a brand new mobile operating system before it has even been launched!
Developed by Mozilla and Telefonica, Firefox OS is a new mobile platform that will enable the launch of smartphones built entirely to open Web standards, where all of the device’s capabilities can be developed as HTML5 apps. The initiative unlocks the previous limitations of web development on mobile by giving HTML5 apps the same access to the device’s underlying capabilities as native apps.
The Firefox OS challenge at Campus Party aims to foster the development of apps for this new platform. The developers, grouped by teams, have to program an operative (runnable) application using HTML5 APIs to access the browser capabilities, but also the device capabilities. In addition, apps can integrate internet web services to extended features. Every participant will have access to a Firefox OS device to deploy and test their apps. Plus the latest version of the emulated Firefox OS is also available to speed up the development.
To find out more and to take part in the challenge, click here. The challenge is now open and the winners will be announced at Campus Party on Saturday 25th August. The winning team wins €1500, second place €1000 and third place €500.