Today, we are announcing the launch of Dev Unplugged, a contest that challenges web developers to push the limits of a modern browser without the use of plug-ins. We believe that HTML5 and related technologies, in conjunction with faster and faster browsers, finally give developers the tools they need to create experiences that are as vivid, interactive and compelling as anything you have seen in native applications.

We hope that Dev Unplugged becomes a forum where developers around the world showcase their talents and what’s possible and inspire all of us to see where the web is going.

The Challenge

As we look around and see the amazing things that people are creating, we decided that two categories really stood out to us: Gaming and Music. So, in the spirit of the earliest days of the PC and choose your adventure games, you get to pick your challenge!

The Prizes

Finally, what’s a contest without some knock-me-over amazing prizes? After racking our brains and trying to put ourselves in the shoes of gaming-playing, music-loving web developers around the world, we landed on an impressive set of 9 featured prizes and 9 honorable mentions. The prizes include:

  • $40,000 in total prizes including $9,000 for the Grand Prize.
  • Front page exposure on theFWA.com and beautyoftheweb.com
  • Cool hardware: laptops and slates from Alienware, HP and ASUS
  • An all-expense paid trip to the Future of Web Apps Las Vegas with “golden ticket” VIP access
  • …and more!

Head over to the official blog post to see the details and information on the gaming and music content available for use, as well as the independent panel of judges.

Official Blog Post Link: http://windowsteamblog.com/ie/b/ie/archive/2011/03/01/dev-unplugged-kicks-off-pushing-the-limits-of-html5-in-gaming-and-music.aspx

Contest link: http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/dev/unplugged