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Posted by editor on January 31, 2007 at 8:04 AM PST

Can you make a viral video about Java ME?

The latest Java-related contest doesn't require you to write any code to be eligible for some of its prizes. Instead, the Java Mobile Application Video Contest is looking for 1-3 minute videos that show off Java ME or phoneME applications.

No, you don't have to write app yourself. Just show off why it's cool, how it works, how it was built, whatever. Read the rules, make your video, post it to YouTube and you're good. Makers of the best videos win PlayStation 3's. You can also win a PS3 by creating an app in the Mobile & Embedded Community, and the creator of a Java ME app who snags the Most Creative Video prize will get a PS3, a Blu-Ray player, a Sony Ericsson K800 phone, and an gift certificate. You need to post your video and register with the contest by April 27, 2007, with winners announced on the contest page and at JavaOne 2007.

Sounds like all you need is a mobile phone and a camcorder... good luck!

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