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The 2012 Google Apps Developer Challenge is Here!

In the past year, the Google team has been engaging with local developers by running various Google conferences and Google+ Hackathons, showcasing creative applications, and supporting Tech Hubs. Since we are always looking for opportunities to encourage (and challenge!) you, we are looking forward to giving developers the opportunity to take on this year’s challenge, which will focus on Google Apps Script, Google Apps and Google Drive APIs.

With the Google Apps Developer Challenge, we hope developers across the globe will find new and innovative ways to use Apps Script, Apps and Drive APIs to build cool apps. This challenge is particularly unique as the APIs are available to a large community of developers who code in a variety of languages that include Java, PHP, Python, and .Net.

We will be working in collaboration with our Google Developer Groups (also known as GTUGs) andGoogle Business Groups to organize events and prepare for this challenge. Make sure to join your local community so that you are aware of meet ups.

How familiar are you with the various Google Apps and Drive APIs? If you aren’t familiar, make sure to read up about Google Apps Script, Google Apps and Drive APIs on Google Developers. Use theChrome Web Store as a source of inspiration. Create an innovative application using Google Apps Script, Google Apps, and Drive APIs. If your application is the best within one of the three categories defined below in your region, you could win a prize of $20,000 dollars! Google is also committed to nurturing the next generation of computer scientists as well as encouraging more women to get into coding, so we have special prizes for all-student or all-female teams that make the second round — $1,000 dollars.

Fans Connect Online, one of the winners of last year’s Android Developer Challenge

The first round of submissions will start on the 24th of August 2012. The categories are
Enterprise / Small Business Solutions e.g., Accounting, Sales, Workflow, Collaboration
Social / Personal Productivity / Games / Fun
Education / Not for Profit / Water / Food & Hunger / Health

Make sure you read all the details about the competition on the Google Apps Developer Challenge page and follow the hashtag #gappschallenge on Google+ for any additional updates.