The developer race for Google’s (s goog) $250,000 grand prize is on again. Judging began today in the second Android Developer Challenge, which will see the first-place developer pocket the quarter million-dollar award. Users can download submitted apps through the Android Market and score offerings based on Google’s criteria; the top 20 apps in each of 10 categories will move onto a second round of user and expert judging next month.
The online giant is once again using a massive roll of cash as a carrot for developers. Here’s the prize breakdown for round two:
For each of the 10 categories:
- 1st prize: $100,000
- 2nd prize: $50,000
- 3rd prize: $25,000
Overall (across all categories):
- 1st prize: $150,000 (so the overall winner receives $250,000)
- 2nd prize: $50,000 (overall winner receives$150,000)
- 3rd prize: $25,000 (overall winner receives$125,000)
Among the many apps vying for a taste of the prize money is Mippin’s Buzz Deck, an offering that enables access to multiple web services, content and information through a single interface. The U.K.-based developer sent us a quick video clip of the app here:
Winners are expected to be announced after the final round of judging wraps up in November. Click here for a list of last year’s winners.