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The Readability API Contest

Developers: May we have your attention, please? We’re very excited to announce the Readability API Contest, where any and all developers may pit their skills against one another to innovate the reading experience online. The grand prize? $5,000.

Minutes ago tonight, at the New York Tech Meetup, the Readability team shared this unique opportunity for the developer community to join us in the wider Readability project of improving reading on the web and elsewhere.

Now it’s all up to you. Here are the details.

Your Objective

Use the Readability API to develop something new and interesting.


Updated: The final submission deadline is June 12th, 2011.


To qualify, entrants are required to use the Readability API. (Request your API key now!) Entrants must be unaffiliated with Readability, LLC.

Your Prizes

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st prize: $5,000
  • 2nd prize: $2,500
  • 3rd prize: $1,000

Jury & Judging Criteria

Your submission will be adjudicated by the distinguished prize jury of advisory board members Sarah Chubb, Anil Dash, and Jeffrey Zeldman.

Our blue-panel jury, representing influential talents from the worlds of design, publishing, and online community, will evaluate entries on the basis of:

  1. Quality: how polished is it?
  2. Usefulness: how practical is it?
  3. Creativity: how novel is it?
  4. Added Bonus: How open is it? We will reward open source efforts that allow others to innovate further.

Get Inspired

Looking for inspiration? Dig the new TweetMag. Spark conversation on Twitter, and consider visiting Readability Ideas, where our member community helps us chart the future of the Readability service.

Enter Now

Submit your proposal to us today! All we need is some basic information.

Good luck to everyone—and thank you for joining us in the Readability movement!

Jeffrey MacIntyre (@jeffmacintyre) is an Arc90 Lead Strategist and freelance writer. He is an advisory board member of Readability.

1 Responses »

  1. Hey ,
    Got delayed here.Would submit 1-2 applications.
    Can we submit as delayed submissions .
    Date of submission: