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Devvy Awards : Organizer’s Point of View (Part 1)

Devvy Awards : Organizer’s Point of View (Part 1)

Most of you probably know about the peer-to-peer developer recognition program called the Devvy Awards.
The idea came from XDA member quicksite, who is now very busy organizing the awards.

Recently, I’ve had some contact with quicksite.  We talked about the Devvy Awards, what his plans are, what progress has been made in the last couple of months, and more. I discovered that by no means this is a simple ‘game’, where the winner takes all, with a voting system that is only meant for commercial purposes.

He told me about the factors that have been important for him to start this program:

Originally posted by quicksite

(…) I began to feel a RAPID SHIFT from all sorts of touchscreen developers -NOT the ones at XDA- but the iPhone world and also the WM world with the Resco and other brand names. Overnight the game had shifted, (…) I could feel a whole cultural shift from using WM -and my apps from XDA- and using Android, and my apps from Marketplace.

And in this space I realized something very fundamental: Sites like Engadget, Gizmodo,  CNET, Pocketnow and so many more were more and more acting like THEY were the experts on touchscreen computing… and all of this was swirling in my head in December 2009 when I thought outloud “I am tired of these advertising-driven venues with HUGE editorial slants favoring big advertisers anchoring themselves as “the experts” on not just hardware, but software too… and I was tired of the 100 new android communities suddenly all judging what they considered to be “best new Android apps” etc.

And I looked around very thoroughly thinking: Is there a peer-to-peer recognition system for touchscreen software development, where developers and serious end-users nominated and then voted on outstanding software worthy of notation and recognition of achievement?

The answer is simply “No”. So, quicksite decided to create it, so outstanding software would be recognized.
Although, the nominating period was already closed, he decided to open it up again:

Originally posted by quicksite

Long story short:They *WERE* closed and voting was set to take place. But. we found huge holes in the categories, and it wasn’t right. And I had a choice of whether to hold to a date, for arbitrary pride purposes, or get it right and be late. I’ve chosen the latter.

SO NOMINATIONS ARE NOW RE-OPENED FOR WINDOWS MOBILE, seeing as this is the swan song year for the entire OS, forever.

You can read more about that in the nominating thread.
It’s been, and it still is very hard for him to keep on schedule, as there are many things to do. Bear in mind that this is a huge initiative, so make sure to support him whenever possible.

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