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The wait is over!

We are proud to announce the MeeGo Coding Competition 2011!

As successor it will follow the good example of the community driven Maemo Coding Competition 2010. Quim Gil wrote a lot of good things about this "grass roots community success".

To make this year's competition bigger and better, we urge all MeeGo enthusiasts to organize events during the MeeGo Coding Competition 2011 in their Local MeeGo Network. We are sure that Intel and Nokia are going to assist you doing that. Please contact us to get in touch with Intel and Nokia.


This List is still in a Draft state

There are 8 main categories for submissions:

  • Business & Office
  • Games
  • Desktop (Widgets)
  • Fun & Strange
  • Graphics & Multimedia
  • Location & Navigation
  • Network & Communication
  • System & Utilities

In addition, there is an extra category especially for those new to Maemo/MeeGo development:

  • Beginners

Competition Timeline

The competition runs from 01 April 2011 to 30 June 2011. After that no further submissions will be accepted and the winners will be elected by the community.

How to Submit an Application

To enter, simply submit your application via the competition submission page available at and align it to one of the main categories[1]. You will also need to provide some details for the judging thread, including at least 2 screenshots, a brief description of your application, and an outline of what work you personally completed on it.

Authors who mark their entry as 'beginner' will also have their application automatically entered into the beginner category.

Only applications entered through the submission page will be counted as valid entries in the competition. New participants are welcome to join at any time up until the closing date.


  • Apart from the educational events and the fun at coding there is a lot more for you!
  • Developers of promising apps will probably receive a MeeGo device.
  • If you will be elected by the community as one of the main winners, you will be flown to the MeeGo Conference in November and stay at a nice hotel. There you will meet a lot of like-minded people to share ideas with, without having to pay a single cent!
  • But even if you don’t win one of the main prizes, that does not mean you get nothing! We will have cash prizes this time, too, independent of sponsorship funds! Last time the community donated extensively, and about $1000.00 came together! Will we be able to beat the record-sum this year? Your donation is just a click away!
  • The winning author of the beginner category will also receive a MeeGo application programming book of their choice to help develop their skills further (donated by Kojacker)[2]

Donations for the Community Prize Fund

The following list shows all of the donations made to the community prize fund so far. If you would also like to make a donation please click the following link: Donation via PayPal. Remember to include your username in the PayPal messaging box [3], else the donation will be marked as anonymous. There is no fixed amount - all donations are very welcome - and will be accepted from now until the closing date of the competition.

Our special thanks to the following people for their generous contributions:

Date Nickname Amount (gross) in € PayPal fee in € Amount (net) in €
4/14/2011Helmuth20,00not via PayPal20,00
4/28/2011Creamy Goodness25,00-1,3323,67
5/12/2011 25,00-0,8324,17
5/14/2011 30,00-0,9229,08


To enter, please submit your application via the competition submission page available at Please note that only applications entered through the submission page will be counted as valid entries in the competition. New participants are welcome to join at any time up until the closing date.

The following list is to notify us of your intentions to enter the competition. Please fill in the table with your application details and progress so far. Beginner's should also mark a 'Y' in the beginner's column.

Developer Application Category Current Progress (%) Beginner Entry (Y/N) Submitted to official page
helex Conky Layout Switcher Desktop 40% N Yes
marxian cuteTube-QML Graphics & Multimedia 70% N Yes
admiral0 PhoneManager (Mobile Webui) System & Utilities 10% N No :-(
admiral0 Minerva (Text Editor) System & Utilities 60% N No :-(
joseph9560 Nepali Calendar(nepcal) Business & Office 90% Y Yes
vasvlad OMWeather for Meego (QML) Desktop 40% N No :-(
cb22 Immoral (Mail Client in QML) Business & Office 1% Y No :-(
piggz Space Invaders (QML) Games 75% Y Yes
jkosonen Balloon Popper (QML) Games 95% Y No :-(
mmlado Sink Submarines (QML) Games 10% N No :-(
trx TxPad (Code Editor) System & Utilities 45% Y Yes
intelloware My Little Artist (Qt + QML) Graphics & Multimedia 90% N no :-(
Arrancamos Media Purger Beginner 20% Y No :-(
Dotblank CryptoWallet (Bitcoin Client) Network & Communication 0% N No :-(
Hilary Cheng Plurker (Plurk Client in QML & Qt C++ ) Network & Communication 10% Y No :-(
helex N900-X-Ray Fun & Strange 30% N Yes
Vater Frost Tribute ( Games 60% N Yes
Norayr Chilingarian Photographic light meter Graphics and Multimedia 60% Y Yes
Svenn-Arne Dragly Nanoparticles Games 99% N Yes
helex ClipMan - Clipboard Manager Business & Office 30% N Yes
Tommi Laukkanen Nelisquare Location & Navigation 20% N No :-(
mardy Oculo Desktop 90% N Yes
mikelima Quando Parte (Qt) - Check Italian train departures and arrivals Location and Navigation 30% Y Yes
tpd Inner-Spin Games 90% Y Yes
kecsap Ball Game Games ~100% N Yes
tedvdb FourCircle Location & Navigation 40% N Yes


To ensure that the event runs properly, there are a few essential rules:

  • Only individuals may participate. Companies are excluded from the competition because of equity reasons.
  • If you have coded your app in a team and you win one of the travels to the MeeGo Conference, your team has to designate one person as the winner.
  • Any number of apps can be submitted and elected as winner.
  • Apps must be uploaded as executable including at least two screen shots and a brief description on the submissions website to take part in the election. The applications have to run on default hardware running on an official version of Maemo or MeeGo.
  • All applications, which are created and uploaded during the duration of the Competition will take part in the election. For existing programs, only progress which has been made during the Competition will be considered. When porting apps, only the work of porting will be considered, unless the original program is from the same programmer and was developed or extended in the Competition timeframe.
  • Only users of and who are registered at the time of voting for at least four months are entitled to vote.
  • There is no legal right to win.

More details regarding the election process to follow.

App Developer Resources

Getting started with MeeGo application development

The MeeGo Developer subsite ( [4] is a one-stop shop for developers who are keen to learn more about developing for MeeGo devices. You can download the MeeGo SDK from there, get information on targeting and setting up devices, and there's some tutorials to get beginner's started on their first applications.

The Getting started section [5] might be of particular interest, and includes guides such as:

  • MeeGo application development overview [6]
  • Getting started with the MeeGo v1.2 SDK for Linux [7]
  • Getting started with the MeeGo v1.2 SDK for Windows [8]
  • Create your first application: Hello World [9]

For those without MeeGo devices but would like to try it out on their N900:

  • Setting up the Nokia N900 for MeeGo Development [10]

Getting started with Maemo application development

The Nokia Qt SDK is the official set of tools with everything needed to design and create applications for the N900 [11]. The development wiki is a great place to start, it contains lots of code examples and development guides. The "Windows Python and Qt in 30 mins"[12] thread is a great PyQt tutorial for beginners and will have you coding your first app in minutes, and here's a link to a tutorial from[13].

The 'Developer' forum on[14] is an excellent resource to find answers and ask questions of your own.


Spreading the word

Q: Which Twitter Hashtag to use for this Competition?

A: Please use #mcc2011

Application requirements

Q: It is obligatory to code in Qt?

A: No, it isn't, but it would make your life probably a lot easier because you will be able to reach more platforms. We encourage everyone to use Qt.

App/Application submission process

Q: Where to submit my application?

A: There is an Application submission page available. This will be the only valid way to participate in the competition. This list in the wiki is for information only and not valid for the competition.

Q: Updates allowed during the competition?

I have a new app in the repository, i am considering to apply for the contest.. If i submit it now, will that prevent me to upload further versions to the repos or here? (As it's a work in progress)

A: No. you can upload updates till the end of the competition.

Q: No Maemo/ARM platform?

There seems to be no platform for Maemo ARM. What is the right choice if I wish to submit a Maemo application?

A: Please use the MeeGo/ARM platform.

Q: Who selects the category of the application?

Will the developers select the category when they join the competition or will someone sort it into the correct category before the voting begins?

A: They will choose the category for their app, but everyone should keep an eye on that. Before the voting process starts we'll check if every app is in a reasonable category, so that it is not possible to cheat by choosing the category with the lowest competition.

Application proposal

If you would like to have an App but you can't code yourself, write it down here! Many devs are happy to get a new idea input.

application name short description features link to similar app or screenshots
Rom Manager A rom manager for emulators. Choose folders for roms of different systems.

Rom audition and fixing using Romcenter databases

Rom downloading.

Integration with most popular emulators (DrNokSnes, PicoDrive, ...)

Rom Gripper for Android.
Photo Fun An application to apply different effects to pictures. There are two main applications to photo editing. Ansel-A is a powerful editor but lacks simple effects to be applied by noob users. submissionnt/ Classic Print is nice and easy to use but only one predefined effect exists.

An improved version of Classic Print with more predefined effects like old fashioned pictures, black and white, etc. Also the ability to add text.

There are lots of applications for this purpose in Android and iOS that apply funny or useful effects to pictures. See this.
PDF Reader A nice, feature rich, PDF viewer. Unlimited levels of zoom.

Friendly gestures for zooming (swipe), change page and full screen toggle (bottom right corner like MicroB).

Search and annotating capabilities.

Text reflow.

3D book page flipping effects.

You could try to port Okular from KDE with a nice UI.
LinkedGo A LinkedIn client for Maemo and Meego Be original, do not try to develop the nth Facebook or Twitter client.

LinkedIn is a useful social network for professional contacts.

There is an official application for Blackberry, iOS and Android.
ComicGo A good comic viewer. Actually there are two comic viewers, cbrPager and Comix, none of them finger friendly and not fully featured.

Friendly gestures for zooming (swipe), change page and full screen toggle (bottom right corner like MicroB).

You can try to improve one of them or port an existing one like QComicBook.
Code Editor A text editor with syntax highlighting. Basic text editing, with syntax highlighting, auto intend, support for at least some languages (c, c++, http, php...), possibly even a customizable compile and/or run command button Qt Syntax highlighter example, gedit
Personal Financial Managemer An application to keep track of an individual's finances Multiple accounts of different types (current, savings, credit card, investment), automated standing orders, double entry, categories, import/reconcile downloaded bank statements Review and description of similar Psion software
Call answering An application that would pick up a call before voicemail based on predefining a number Call is answered and given a message such as "this number has been disconnected further information is available for" Perfect for that ex girlfriend or someone who has got your number and shouldn't. Saving you from annoying voicemails. None that I know of
OCR/BCR App Application that OCR images and convert to text. BCR app should be able save info directly from Business Card to Contacts. Recognises Text, and input data into Contacts. Should recognise First Name, Last name, mobile, Phone, fax, email, website, company, designations and company logo. PhotoTranslator for maemo does basic OCR. For reference, see this review for ABBYY card reader (Android)
Answering Machine Picks up a call after fixed number of rings and performs action (play recording/record response/disconnect/send sms) based on white/blacklist 4 modes:

Disconnect call Send SMS Answering Machine Playback message Should be able to start app from command line so as to enable scheduling with alarmed.

Review of similiar Symbian app.
CoverFlow Music Player A Music Player that supports CoverFlow display. A Music Player that lets you browse music via the CoverFlow visual method (used in Apple iTunes software). One of the best examples is XBMC; [In this example, XBMC uses the MediaStream skin].
Subsonic client A Music player that either controls jukebox or/and is able to stream music from your own subsonic server Stream, Download, Remote-control, Playlist - - Bit like Knots2
Personal Diary/Journal An app to create daily diary entries Password Protection, File attachment, HTML/TEXT Export/Import Personal Diary Pro -Palm OS

RetroActive -WM6

Ultimate Scanner N900 can be used as a scanner which has most of the features that a normal scanner has(not like FrontView app available right now).

(Question to the author: What does that "not like" mean ?!)

scan document contents by moving the N900 on a document, save as jpg or pdf none that i know about
FourSquare Client FourSquare is a Social Media website It allows users to "CheckIn" to venues leaving tips for other users.CheckIn's are validated by Geo-Location, which is an essential element of any app.If the user is not deemed to be near the venue, the "CheckIn" will be disallowed There is 1 Current App for the N900 called Barriosquare[[15]]

However this uses FourSquare's APIv1 which will no longer be supported from August 2011.

All new FourSquare apps need to be written with FourSquare's APIv2 Documentation here: [16]

N900 Desktop Themer An app to export our desktop arrangements to a file so that it can be reimported by us or other later The 'themes' supported by maemo does not include the desktop. As you can see in this thread, lots of people have brilliant ideas in customizing their desktops. Now if these arrangements could be exported as a file that anybody an apply on their system... This is a maemo5 specific case.
3D Racing Game Small 3D racing game with cars or hover crafts or anything that drive only horizontal (no 3d spaceship game) Doesn't need super graphics. Doesn't need many tracks/cars, only fun is needed. Gamegripper support (changing keys) would be good. If the player can shoot at something it will double the fun. A port of Torus Trooper would be the perfect match. ;) That game is very simple but makes lots of fun: Torus Trooper
Tower Defense A adapted Tower Defense game Something like the free Flash Game "Desktop Tower Defense" would be really great Desktop Tower Defense
Hildon UI for UAE4All Maemo edition UAE4All is a well functioning Amiga500 emulator ported by Smoku to Maemo5. It needs a new UI for being user friendly. Hildonisation of current UI. Possibility to change keys. Easy way to switch between keyboard/mouse/joystic modes, preferably on touchscreen during gameplay. Link to TMO thread of UAE4All:
Calendar item privatizer N900 default calendar does not support private items. These are useful for people that sync the calendar to a public/shared calendar database. N900 calendar database has a slot for showing if the calendar item is public/private, there just is no way to change this value in N900 (this can be checked for example by syncing a "private" meeting from Outlook and looking at the calendar database). So either a separate application or an automatic watch daemon is needed for marking an appointment private (might be doable by making a separete calendar (inside N900 calendar app) out of which all meetings are changed to "private" and copied to default syncable calendar. This case is N900/Maemo5 default calendar specific.
Neverball/NeverPutt A port or a game similar to neverball/neverputt accelerometer supported tilting universe for neverball and touch controls for neverputt for the n900.
application name short description features link to similar app or screenshots


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The MeeGo Coding Competition is not an event restricted to one city or country! Everyone can and should participate! Local MeeGo Events and Intel AppLabs will take place in different cities and countries.

Local MeeGo Network Berlin

The Local MeeGo Network Berlin has planned the following events using the name "MeeGo Freeday". The events in Berlin will be streamed live.

Intel AppLab 2011-04-29

On 29 April 2011, we bring you the Intel AppLab to Berlin (of course also in the c-base)! During the AppLab coding examples are shown and you will submit your app to the Intel AppUp store. At previous AppLabs developers got MeeGo hardware to take home. This time? Come and see for yourself!


The AppLab will be streamed live in HD quality. The language is English. The stream will be available at the following link.

Previous Events

You can watch the recorded videos of these events here.