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100 apps in 100 days contest

Earlier this week, I helped judge the 100 days 100 apps contest put on by RedMonk client Alcatel-Lucent. I always like judging these types of application development contests to get a sense of what’s possible on different platforms.

The entries I looked over all were going for interesting ways to use the actual carrier networks (through services provided by Alcatel-Lucent kit and services, of course). My favorites involved auto-tracking of people through GPS and the networks – instead of having to manually “check-in” to various places, you could turn the services on to do that in the background.

The winner, which I thought was the top app, was called Late Runner:

Named “Late Runner,” Skrypachova’s application showcases the power of Alcatel-Lucent’s Application Enablement vision, which combines the trusted capabilities of service providers with the speed and innovation of the Web to enable a new generation of services and provide both consumers and business users with richer mobile experiences. Leveraging SMS and location APIs, the application enables end users to manage their day-to-day interactions with friends, family and co-workers by letting them track their physical whereabouts, informing them when they will be late to appointments, and providing an estimated arrival time. Built-in privacy controls allow end users to manage who they want to share their information with.

Read more about it and the runner-ups in the announcement released today and you can check out the details on their Top Coder page.

Disclosure: Alcatel-Lucent is a client.

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