Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

MTV & Adobe team up for AIR contest

Category: Adobe

MTV and Adobe have teamed to put on a contest to choose the AIR app which makes the coolest use of MTV’s assets.

So you want to make an Adobe® AIRâ„¢ application, awesome. We’re looking for three great ideas – they could be anything. Go simple and practical or complex and addictive. It’s up to you! First, download Adobe® AIRâ„¢. Then check out all of the MTV assets available to pull in to your application – everything from MTV.com RSS feeds, Video & Podcast mRSS Feeds, and MTV Blog Feeds to and outlandish MTV art.

They’re offering up some sweet prizes including:

Total Request Application – Grand Prize

  • Two night trip for two to New York City
  • MTV “VIP” Night On the Town
  • “Pitch Session” with MTV Networks Product Development Team
  • Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection
  • MP3 Player & One Year Subscription to Rhapsody Music Service

Pimp My Assets: Mashup – Finalist

  • One night trip for one to New York City
  • “Pitch Session” with MTV Networks Product Development Team
  • Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection
  • MP3 Player & One Year Subscription to Rhapsody Music Service

Making The Wildcard – Finalist

  • One night trip for one to New York City
  • “Pitch Session” with MTV Networks Product Development Team
  • Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection
  • MP3 Player & One Year Subscription to Rhapsody Music Service

Full details for the contest and registration can be found on the MTV contest webpage.

Posted by Rey Bango at 11:47 am
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wait what? A nerd contest sponsored by MTV?

Comment by Sean — October 17, 2007

Wouldn’t you kind of need Adobe CS3 on your computer to have a chance to win this?

Comment by Robb Irrgang — October 17, 2007

No. You just need the Adobe AIR SDK which is free. Its explained in section 1 on the contest page.

Comment by Rey Bango — October 17, 2007

From the legal agreement: “Past experience has confirmed that contests and other competitions generate substantially similar submissions or entries which closely resemble concepts and ideas that have been independently developed by Contest Entities before or after the Contest.”

Sure they have…

So, in other words, even if I don’t win, you can still use my stuff and make money off of it. Thanks, but no thanks, really.

Am I reading this correctly? Call me naive about legal agreements in general if you want, but stuff like that makes me not want to even bother.

Comment by mdm-adph — October 17, 2007

What lame prizes. Its MTV for christ sakes I think they could afford something decent.

How about something like:
http://www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/485.html

Comment by Matthew — October 17, 2007

Just for US residents. Right?

I guess paying a plane to the states would be too much for them in case you win? Oh and also the CS3 would cost them more over here in Europe.

Comment by Miklavzin — October 18, 2007

From the agreement: “Entrants agree that by entering into this Contest they are granting Contest Entities… the non-exclusive, irrevocable right and license, but not obligation, to exhibit, broadcast, copy, reproduce, encode, compress, encrypt, incorporate data into, edit, rebroadcast, transmit, record, publicly perform, create derivative works of….”
…. So basically they want rights to your work in exchange for the *possibility* of winning a prize whose value is questionable. That sounds like a raw deal. If you’re looking to make a name for yourself, build something cool that people like to use – and open source it.

Comment by Will Peavy — October 18, 2007

Dont design of specs ;)
http://www.zeldman.com/2007/08/14/dont-design-on-spec/

Comment by Alixe — October 18, 2007

This blows guys. All developers should hop on and do their best. MTV is a cheap company… I think they might have French ownership.

$Can_I_play = ( Is_You_A_Yank(); ) ? true : false;

Comment by filip — October 22, 2007

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