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Google Kick Off $100,000 Project Ara Development Challenge.

Following Google’s Project Ara development event earlier this week, Google have just launched their Project Ara Development Challenge for developers and manufacturers to create the best Project Ara module to win themselves $100,000. Hopefully this will encourage more developers to begin building things for Google’s modular smartphone project.

Set to launch in January next year, Project Ara is a fantastic concept that’s slowly becoming a reality. Project Ara is a smartphone built up of various small modules which contain components such as memory, WiFi, processor, and camera. Recently Google launched an alpha version of their Module Development Kit so other manufacturers and developers can begin work on their own modules and as an added incentive to get started right away Google have launched the Project Ara Development Challenge.

The challenge is simple: create the best module, win $100,000. The grand prize winner will be judged on their module novelty, functionality, elegance, quality, impact, and commercialization potential. In order to get started potential developers must sign a handset loan agreement and then submit a description of their module in order to be given the free starter kit which consists of a Unipro bridge and filed-programmable gate arrays courtesy of Toshiba.

Developers will then need to create their module as per the MDK guidelines and make sure it’s a functional working part. Devs must also create the compatible drivers and apps in order to test their modules.

For those that aren’t lucky enough to be chosen, Google have also said that two runners-up will be chosen and given an all expenses paid trip (for up to three people) to the next Project Ara development conference and will be guaranteed hardware for their product.

So what are you waiting for? Fire up your 3D printer and start tinkering away at some truly awesome modules!