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Sony and Adobe offer $200,000 prize to app devs

Sony and Adobe have teamed up to offer a $200,000 prize fund for developers.

The ‘Adobe AIR App Challenge Sponsored by Sony’ has been invented to drive the creation of apps built using Adobe's authoring tools specifically for Sony's impending tablets, codenamed S1 and S2, which run Google's Android operating system.

“Adobe’s creative tooling brings digital experiences to life on small screens and large, unleashing the imagination of millions of the industry’s best designers and developers on a new breed of devices" blathered a Sony exec with an infeasibly long job title, adding, “We are thrilled to empower these cutting edge creatives to be the first to bring innovative content and apps to our 'Sony Tablet' devices later this year.”

Developers will be expected to use Adobe's frighteningly expensive CS5 Creative Suite to build their apps which must be based on the Adobe Air platform.

One lucky coder will walk away with the $100,000 top prize whilst the best offerings in gaming, entertainment and lifestyle categories will each trouser $20,000.

The most innovative app, and those voted public favourite and best showcase app at the upcoming Adobe MAX conference will get $10,000 for their trouble.

To qualify the apps must be built using Flash Professional, Flash Builder or the Flex SDK, should be compatible with Android Honeycomb 3.1, and be optimised in some way for the Sony tablets using the Adobe Air native extension.

More details and an entry form can be found here.