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Design a User Interface for MINIX NEO Devices and Win up to $5,000

December 13th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

MINIX, the company that designs and manufacture Android media player such as the MINIX NEO X7, has just launched the MINIX Developer Challenge, and offers prizes up to $5,000 to the best user interfaces for their Android TV Boxes.

MINIX_Developer_ChallengeIn order to participate, you’ll have to design a user interface that works on all the following Android devices: NEO X7, NEO X7mini, NEO X5, NEO X5mini, and NEO G4.
The U.I designs will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Ease of Navigation (using only the simple MINIX I.R remote)
  • Functionality / ‘User Friendliness’
  • Aesthetics / Appearance
  • Degree of Innovation / Creativity

There will be three winners with cash prizes. The winner will get $5,000, the second $3,000, and the third $1,000.

Here’s the timeline of the competition:

  • December 13th – Competition opens
  • February 9th (11:59pm GMT) – Deadline for submissions
  • February 14th – Five Finalists announced & MINIX Forum voting opens
  • February 28th – MINIX Forum voting closes
  • March 3rd – Winners announced

You can even win if you’re not a developer, as voters will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five MINIX NEO X7 Boxes given away.

The company also claims that you can download all necessary resources on MINIX forums, but I could not find any useful resources related to UI development there. I’d imagine the user interface would just be a standard Android launcher.

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  1. December 14th, 2013 at 09:47 | #1

    Another developers challenge, this time with a Mobile SMS API with 2,500 GBP prize – http://www.textlocal.com/apicomp#!

  2. io
    December 15th, 2013 at 00:31 | #2

    Why minix want a user interface controllable with the little ir remote if with this you can’t cintrol all multitouch apps and games of Android ?

  3. required
    December 15th, 2013 at 07:35 | #3

    so you have to buy all of NEO X7, NEO X7mini, NEO X5, NEO X5mini, and NEO G4. to test that your newly designed user interface will qualify!?
    no not me sorry.:)

  4. December 15th, 2013 at 11:19 | #4

    I’m not exactly sure what they expect, but if it is an Android launcher, and it works on one device, it should work on other as well, as they have the same resolution. I guess the important part is that it’s usable with their IR remote.

  5. linuxium
    December 20th, 2013 at 19:57 | #5

    They’ve now posted all the resources on http://minixforums.com/threads/minix-developer-challenge.3361

  6. February 20th, 2014 at 13:25 | #6

    The competition has been canceled http://www.minixforums.com/threads/minix-developer-challenge.3361/page-3#post-38244

    “Unfortunately, due to a severe lack of entries we have decided to cancel the U.I competition.

    Instead, we shall focus our efforts on developing our own U.I, which we will release some time in the near future. “

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