ProgrammableWeb would like to welcome BT as a sponsor and to announce their new mashup contest, the “BT Exact Mashup Competition 2006″. This is a uniquely open competition in that it allows any combination of APIs and data to be used. The objective for BT is not to promote a specific API of their own but as a way to find smart and creative developers (in fact, using a mashup as a calling-card for getting hired is now common enough that at Mashup Camp this was referred to as the “resume mashup”). This contest ends on October 6th and has a first prize of £2,500.
The contest team proposes creating a mashup that will help Londoners and can include the always-popular mapping, photo, events, and search APIs, but any other API type is fair game. BT themselves suggest using the database of APIs and mashups here at ProgrammableWeb as a source of input and inspiration. For some of those ideas take a look at the 34 mashups currently tagged “UK”.