Got a great TouchWiz Widget idea? Samsung wants to give you $20,000


If you’ve got a knack for competition and an idea for Samsung’s freshly opened TouchWiz widget platform, this might be just the thing to bring it all together. Looking to coax some developers into taking a look at TouchWiz, Samsung has just announced a 3-day Widget Developer Camp in San Francisco, running from September 11th to September 13th.

After 3 days of schmoozing, boozing, and widget development, a panel of “VIP” judges (which, for some crazy reason, includes me) will pass out some awesome cash prizes. 5 widget developers will take home $5,000 each in the categories of Social Media, News/Reference, Health/Fitness, Travel/Entertainment, and Humor/Fun widgets. 5 grand for a few days of healthy competition? Not too shabby. But it gets better: whoever manages to walk away with the “Best In Show” title gets $20,000, along with a spot in Samsung’s booth at CTIA 2009.

Developers have to be pre-selected to get access to the dev camp, with applications being accepted from today until August 31st. The festivities begin with a cocktail event on September 11th, development goes down on the 12th, and the judging magic happens on the 13th. Good luck, folks!