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Computer software developer contest winners announced. More than $30,000 awarded by Espial.

Four Winners Selected After Judging User Interaction, Business Model, and Key TV Features

OTTAWA, Canada-February 17, 2003 - Espial, a leading provider of embedded software solutions for interactive applications, today announced the winners of the Smart Device Developer Contest 3. Sponsored by Espial and, the contest awards a total prize pool of more than $30,000 to developers who have produced successful interactive applications for the growing iTV market.

Espial evaluated and provided participants guidance throughout the contest period to help developers create extremely high quality applications. "We are impressed with the quality of the work produced by the software developers from around the globe, who entered the contest," said Chief Technology Officer and company co-founder, Kumanan Yogaratnam, who led the team of evaluators. "International participation of is unique and helps create universally understood applications or services. The next 'killer app' for the iTV market will most likely sprout from the applications submitted in this contest on"

The Winners:

First Prize $15,000 - iTV Shopping Services

Ben Hui - Toronto, Canada

Hui built an iTV application enabling users to purchase products while watching their favorite television program. The application allows viewers the option to click and shop via the remote control. Hui won the top prize because he considered all levels of TV users (from the techno-savvy to the technically challenged), implemented a working business model, made good use of the remote control, and ensured the application had a TV friendly look and feel. For his winning entry, Hui used examples of merchandise that could be purchased while viewing The Simpsons.

Second Prize $10,000 - BetTV

Jason Lawrie - Australia

Lawrie built a sports betting service application enabling users to place real-time bets on sports games against other viewers. This highly interactive service provides an alternative to traditional sports betting pools, and provides advertisers a more direct way to target intended audiences. His application features both client and server application components. Users are signaled to the interactive element by an icon that appears at the bottom of the TV screen. By using the remote control, users can place a bet on real-time game related question, chat with other game players, and win points that can be traded for advertised products

Third Prize $ 5,000 - JPict

Philippe Boudreau and Robert Laganiere, Ottawa, Canada

Boudreau and Laganiere built a photo sharing application enabling users to manage and share digital photos via the TV. This service provides an alternative to the PC, and allows users to share photos with non-PC users. JPict is a stand-alone TV application, and can be provided in an option menu when the TV is turned on.

Best Student Application $2,500 - Interaction Quiz

Alastair James, UK

James built a variation of the sports betting service application, enabling users to play along with a game show by answering questions with a remote control. Interactive Quiz demonstrates how interactive television can enhance the viewing experience by making the at home viewer a part of the show.

Interactive television systems continue to expand worldwide. Western Europe outpaces other geographic areas with 14 million households currently using interactive TV services and content. By 2005, roughly 79 million households will have access to iTV services, representing 51 percent of Western European homes. A recent study issued by Jupiter Media Metrix predicted that television will become an important vehicle for e-commerce transactions in the U.S. accounting for $3.4 billion in consumer spending by 2005.

About is the fastest growing online community for Java developers building applications for smart Internet devices, such as Internet appliances, interactive digital TV, automotive infotainment systems, and wireless devices. With founding supporters such as Sun, Intel, PointBase, Motorola, Sun, Amiga, Tao Group, Dr. Dobb's Journal, JavaWorld, and Java Report, provides an instant community of service developers and an on-the-spot catalog of Java application services. was initiated by Espial - creators of software that powers the world of smart Internet devices - with the goal of fostering the growth of a community of Java service developers focused on creating application and content services for smart devices.

About Espial

With more than 90 device design wins with companies such as Intel, Motorola, On Command, Philips and Samsung, Espial has deployed proven solutions for devices relying on Internet technology. Espial software allows customers to create services, deliver devices, manage infrastructure while building revenue in a cost effective manner. Espial technology applies universally across sectors such as TV, wireless, automotive and other connected devices. Visit

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