Navteq Global LBS Challenge prize pool grows to $8.2 million

Nokia-owned navigation and location-based solutions provider Navteq announced the prize pool for its 2010 Global LBS Challenge is now valued at $8.2 million in cash, licenses, services and handsets following the addition of three global sponsors: deCarta, DeviceAnywhere and Tanla. Conducted by Navteq Network for Developers, the annual challenges programmers around the world to build location-based services using dynamic positioning technology and Navteq maps--this year's competition has been expanded to five regions and is open to pre-commercialized applications created for any platform and any device.

According to Navteq, geospatial platform provider deCarta will provide contest participants with access to its Drill Down Server web services, JavaScript API and Mobile API through the deCarta devZone, enabling contestants to quickly build applications that integrate Navteq map data to provide complex mapping, routing and spatial search functions. Remote online testing services provider DeviceAnywhere will enable all Global LBS Challenge contestants to test their applications on GPS-enabled real devices from anywhere in the world, and Tanla will offer contestants access to its license management and on-device payment solutions.

The registration deadline for developers in EMEA, the first of the five Global LBS Challenge regions, is Oct. 30, 2009. For more information, click here.

For more on the Global LBS Challenge:
- read this release

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