Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sun Offers Up Cash Prizes In JavaFX Coding Challenge

Looking to promote its JavaFX rich Internet application development library Sun has launched a new contest, the JavaFX Coding Challenge. Sun is willing to put out some serious cash hoping to draw the attention of top Java developers with first prize being $25,000, $10,000 for second place and even $5,000 if you come third. There is also a separate Students category with three prizes of $1,500 each.

How to Enter
  1. Register for the contest to receive updates and reminders via email (contest related communications only).
  2. Download JavaFX 1.1
  3. Develop an innovative rich internet application using JavaFX 1.1 and NetBeans 6.5.
  4. Complete the submission form.


  • 1st Place: $25,000
  • 2nd Place: $10,000
  • 3rd Place: $5,000

Student category: We will award three prizes at $1,500 each to the top three applications submitted by students. Student submissions will compete for the larger prize amounts as well, but only one prize per entry will be awarded.

Up to 100 honorable mention prizes of a $25 Amazon Gift certificate will be rewarded. (Restrictions apply for international users.)

Contest Guidelines and Rules

  • All entries must be submitted as a Netbeans project containing the JavaFX 1.1 application.
  • Entry must be supported on at least one of the following: (i) Windows XP SP3, FireFox 3.0, JRE 1.6u12 (or above); (ii) Windows Vista, Firefox 3.0, JRE 1.6u12 (or above); (iii) MacOS 10.5.4, Safari 3, Java SE 1.6.0_07 (or above); (iv) JavaFX 1.1 Mobile Emulator (or above).
  • Each entrant will be required to provide their full name, email address, physical address, and country of residency, and whether the entrant is a Student or Developer (for all team members).
  • Each entrant will be required to provide a short description of the Entry, including a description of the Entry, the key points about the Entry's functionality, an explanation of how to run the Entry's code, and the specific supported platforms.
  • Each entrant will be required to submit all applicable source materials required to re-create the "usable" form and run the application or utility. NOTE: Any Entries with "source materials" that fail to create a "usable form" will be disqualified.
  • Participants using third party open source libraries and/or code in their application, are required to identify the applicable third party open source license(s) and certify that they have complied with the terms of license(s).
  • Applications must be developed as a JavaFX desktop application that works both within a browser as an applet and on the desktop as a standalone application, and/or a JavaFX mobile application.
  • All developed applications, written materials, and reviews must be of your own original creation, created solely by the Entrant(s) in English and must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other intellectual rights of any person or entity.
  • All applications, written materials and reviews must remain accessible through June 30th, 2009.
  • All Entrants must be of majority legal age in their country and a legal resident of one of the following countries; Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, a European Union member state, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Malaysia, Panama, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, and Venezuela.

For a complete list of The Contest Guidelines, please review The Contest Rules.

  • Contest starts: March 23rd, 2009
  • Contest deadline: May 29th, 2009
  • Judging period: June 1st – June 29th, 2009
  • Winners announced: Week of June 29th, 2009


If you are a student at an accredited college or university, you can participate in the JavaFX Coding Contest and qualify to win one of the top prizes. There is a special category for students with additional prizes. We will award three prizes at $1,500 each to the top three applications submitted by students. Student submissions will compete for the larger prize amounts as well, but only one prize per entry will be awarded.

If you participate as a student, you must be able to prove enrollment in an educational institution.

For more information checkout the JavaFX Coding Challenege website and FAQs

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