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January 25, 2010

PUSH N900 Mod in the USA challenge

PUSH-N900USA – Over the last few months five teams of hackers, who had been chosen from hundreds of entrants, have been working to make the N900 do stuff it wasn’t intended to do. The idea? Simply show how powerful the device is through the medium of hacking. And having fun. Now the folks at PUSH N900 have moved the competition stateside, with a brand new “Mod in the USA” twist. Interested? Read on to find out more.

The initial project brought teams together from all over the world. Now the PUSH folks are looking to see what teams from the USA can come up with. Modders have a little over two weeks to get an entry together and submitted (deadline is Feb 15, 2010) after which a panel of judges will select the best three. What makes it even more worthwhile is that a representative from each of the three finalists will be flown to CTIA in March to present their idea. There, judges will determine the pecking order, deciding on a winner, second place and third place positions. The prize? $10,000 for the winner, $5,000 for second and $3,000, for third.

So what do you need to do? Firstly, gather your team and get your submission together. Meeting the requirements should be first on your checklist (connect the Nokia N900 and Maemo to something you love, the idea should be innovative and visually appealing – will it work on YouTube?). Your team needs to be able to make this happen, so choose your cohorts wisely. Of course the PUSH community is there to help too, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. But you’ll need to carry out the bulk of the work required to make this happen.

The ideas need to be brilliantly innovative if you’re to stand a chance of making the finalist places. Think long and hard about it and then compile a crystal clear submission (no more than 1,000 words for the elevator pitch). You can also upload details of your teammates and images, links to videos and project documents as part of your submission. The more thorough you are, the better your chances I reckon.

So, what are you waiting for? Get onto the PUSH USA website now and get inspired. We’ll be reporting on the results as they happen. Check out the links below for more.

Submit an idea
Find out more about PUSH N900
Ask some questions in the discussion forum