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Students to win prizes and fame today in Amsterdam for writing J2ME applications for Ricoh

Posted by turbogeek on June 3, 2005 at 7:35 AM PDT

The winners of the Ricoh & the Sun Java[tm] Platform Powered by U contest will announced June 3rd.

The contest, sponsored by Sun and Ricoh, included students from universities in Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain. The challenge was for the students to develop innovative Javaâ„¢ technology based applications that will run embedded on Ricoh Aficioâ„¢ laser printers and multifunctional products (MFPs).

The contestants built their code with the help of the Global Education and Learning Community (GELC) at The contest host project was used to link thGELCe students with Sun, Ricoh, and noted J2ME experts like Shawn Fitzgerald (author of Making IT Work: SMS for MIDP2.0) and Eric Giguère (author of Mobile Information Device Profile for J2ME).

Here at the GELC, we are quite happy with this contest. More than a hundred students signed up and many used to do their projects. I was extremely happy to see so many use the contest forum to work with our guests and Ricoh/Sun support people.

Since I was one of the judges, I got to see many of the contestants results. Simply I am impressed. Some put a lot of work into their applications. Given that we are talking about printer/cpoier/scanner it is amazing the creativity that was applied. That's why we like student contests because they really get students to apply themselves to an interesting problem.

Another great reason for this contest is that the forum is still up and populated by the students. The code for the applications will also be available here at

Here are the details for the final judging and award ceremony:

Ricoh & the Sun Java[tm] Platform Powered by U!

Tune in to the live award ceremony of Ricoh & Sun European University Contest being held in Amsterdam on June 3rd, 2005. Students from universities in Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain present their winning application developed for use with Ricoh hardware and compete for the European title! The presentations will be displayed via iCast.

Event Times (Amsterdam)

09:00-09:15 Welcome coffee 
09:15-09:45 Introduction Rene Brunt 
09:45-09:55 Welcome speech Sonny Mori 
09:55-10:15 Speech from Sun Todd Korth 
10:15-10:30 Introduction Jury/Rene Brunt 
10:30-11:05 1st Contestant 
11:05-11:20 Coffee break 
11:20-12:00 2nd Contestant 
12:00-13:00 Lunch 
13:05-13:45 3rd Contestant 
13:45-14:00 Coffee Break 
14:00-14:40 4th Contestant 
14:40-16:00 Jury Deliberation 
16:00-16:30 Award Ceremony

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