The Ministry of Business Development in Bermuda along with RIM is hosting a competition called App-ti-tude where developers will make BlackBerry apps and compete for prizes including cash, smartphones and a PlayBook. The competition is aimed specifically at young developers and participants must be under the age of 25. RIM is flying out a specialist to help with technical questions and the event will be held at the end of April.
One of them most important elements of a good app development competition is that the Terms and Conditions give the developer every opportunity to start a new business and make money off their hard work. One of the worst examples of this is the Great Canadian Appathon for Windows Phone 7. The contest comes with a set of Terms and Conditions where participants will not own their code at the end. Instead, the code will be “co-owned” by XMG Studios out of Toronto who are also the judges.
After reading the App-ti-tude Terms and Conditions, we can see that the government is serious about letting the developers own their own intellectual property. The only strange part is where they make the developers sign a “non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable licence to use, display, publish, transmit, copy, make derivative works or podcasts from, edit, alter, store, re-format, sell and sub-licence the Entry for such purposes.” At least the IP is explicitly protected.
Head over to apptitude.bm for registration and more information.