AOL and TopCoder Announce AOL Video Mashup Competition

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AOL and TopCoder, Inc., a leader in online programming competition, skills assessment and competitive software development, today announced a call for entries in the AOL Video Mashup Competition. Developers submit original concepts for Web applications based on new AOL Video Search APIs that enable users to mashup and integrate AOL's powerful video search technology directly into their Web sites and online communities.



Developers are asked to design a graphical user interface or submit a written explanation in order to clearly convey their mashup concept using AOL Video Search APIs. All submissions are due by January 5, 2007.

Finalists will be selected on January 22, 2007. AOL will choose the winner from the finalists who participate in the Review and Revision phase, in which AOL works with each designer finalist to refine their idea. The winner will be announced on February 8, 2007 and will receive a grand prize of $12,000. For contest details and rules, visit:

AOL Video Search APIs, which are available in both REST and AJAX, enable third-party developers to build innovative video search-driven applications that access AOL's extensive index containing millions of videos from across the Web. The AOL Video Search APIs enable users to mashup and integrate the following functionality directly into their Web sites:

-- Advanced keyword searching as well as video browsing by category, channel, tag or user

-- Advanced sorting and filtering capabilities for video search results

-- Rich support for user ratings, tagging, favorites, etc.

-- Integrated support for easy user sharing on social networking sites, blogs, etc.

-- Full RSS support to enable easy syndication of video search results

-- Easy self-service online sign-up

AOL provides a range of resources for developers to build customized third-party applications, plug-ins and mashups based on its leading products and services. For more information about available open APIs, tools and documentation for services such as Open AIM(R), AIM(R) Pages, AIM(R) Phoneline, AOL(R) Video Search, MapQuest(R), Winamp(R) and others, please visit

About AOL

AOL is a global Web services company that operates some of the most popular Web destinations, offers a comprehensive suite of free software and services, runs the country's largest Internet access business, and provides a full set of advertising solutions. A majority-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. AOL LLC is based in Dulles, Virginia. AOL and its subsidiaries also have operations in Europe, Canada and Asia. Learn more at

About TopCoder, Inc.

TopCoder is the recognized leader in identifying, evaluating and mobilizing effective software development resources. Through its proprietary programming competitions and rating system, TopCoder recognizes and promotes the abilities of the best programmers around the world. TopCoder Software harnesses the talent of these developers to design, develop and deploy software through its revolutionary competitive development methodology. TopCoder's methodology emphasizes thorough specification and design, distributed development using reusable components, and a rigorous quality assurance review process and results in higher quality, lower cost software solutions than traditional software development methodologies. For more information about sponsoring TopCoder Events, recruiting TopCoder members and utilizing TopCoder Software, visit

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