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HP launches webOS Weekly App Hack Contest for Developers - Text to Speech

by Tim Stiffler-Dean Wed, 05 Oct 2011 1:35 pm EDT

If there is one thing that can be said of the webOS Developer Relations team at HP, it's that they just don't want to quit making the platform better. Today, via the official webOS developer blog, the Dev Rel team has announced the first of many Weekly App Hacks for developers. This new contest looks to be one of a few ways that HP is continuing to show interest in the platform and keeping it alive, and is sure to attract a number of developers to try their hand at something new with their apps and possibly win some prizes. The premise of the contest is this; HP gives a topic and some guidelines once a week, developers build an app using those guides by a specific date, and the best app developer wins something cool in return (along with the glorious title of "App Hack Ninja").

This week the prize that's on the line is a 32GB HP TouchPad and great honor among your peers. To win this first webOS Weekly App Hack developers will need to create an app that focuses around some kind of Text to Speech feature. Apps don't need to be uber-complex or serve some amazing purpose (like become the next Siri app or cure disease in Botswana), but it should work well enough to be submitted to the app catalog and stick to the topic that has been given.

HP's Josh Marinacci has provided a bit of help to interested developers in the form of a PDK hybrid plugin and some example code, which you can download from the announcement post. There are plenty of areas that can be explored with this challenge, and we look forward to seeing what you guys can come up with. You have until 11:59 PM on October 11th to submit your apps to HP and qualify to win, so you'd better get started now before it's too late.

Hit the source link to learn more details about the contest and see some tips on how to build your own Text to Speech app this week, and let us know in the comments if you'll be joining in and fighting for the prize.

Update: Turns out HP forgot to strip out the binaries in the code they supplied, so things wouldn't really work all that well. They've updated the code here.