This application programming contest is sponsored by Detached Solutions and
and is meant to encourage
the creation of Flash applications for the TI-83 Plus calculator. A panel of
judges at Detached Solutions will be judging entries. Anyone can participate;
the only requirement is ability to create an assembly program for the TI-83
Plus calculator. Entries need not be in the form of an application (though
they may be). We will also accept entries as RAM programs that can be run
from TI-OS, Ion, or MirageOS. We do not expect entries to be completly
finished applications, but enough work must be done that we can see that the
project is serious and has potential. You can submit entires in either the
Educational or 'Other' category. Since we would like to see the creation of
some more Educational applications, the prizes are slightly better for entries
in the Educational category.
Contest began on: December 1st, 2000
Entries are due on: March 19th, 2001
We will announce the winners on: April 9th, 2001
The prizes are as follows...
1st - Shirt, Educational SDK, TI-83 Plus Silver Edition
2nd - Shirt and Educational SDK
3rd - One application signing
1st - Shirt and Educational SDK
2nd - Shirt and One application signing
3rd - One application signing
There will be up to 20 runner-up's in each category. Each runner up will recieve
a colored TI calculator slide case with the Detached Solutions logo on the front.
TI-83 Plus Silver Edition
- Special Edition TI-83 Plus with 1.5 megabytes of
Flash ROM, a 15 MHz CPU, and more.
- This is a denim shirt with TI's logo and the words "App Developer"
- This includes a development certificate, three application
signings, and e-mail support from TI.
One application signing
- This will allow you to sign one application for
How Entries Will Be Judged:
There will be a panel of five judges, which will rate entries on the following
Originality - We want new and interesting ideas
Potential - This project must be something that can be created into a
Functionality - It's gotta do something...something cool.
Appearance - Even if it creates world peace, it's got to look nice.
We will be judging based on what we see when running the program only. We will not
be judging on source code. All our decisions are final.
The top 6 entries, 3 from each category, will have the option to have their
application, once completed, listed on Detached Solutions Features
To make sure that nothing gets messy later, we have a set of rules you must
-The program must be original. That means no ports, no copies, and no periodic
-The program must be for the TI-83 Plus calculator.
-The program must be in assembly. We'll accept just about any format (application,
TI-OS, Ion, MirageOS).
-The program must be fairly complete. We don't expect you to have all of the
application done (that's what you're supposed to be working on after the contest
is finished!), but we need enough work so that we can judge your application.
-The program can not violate any of TI's conditions of signing. Basically this
means no viruses, pornography, promotes violence, etc.
-Only one entry per author will be accepted. You are allowed to work on submissions
as a group, but please do so with the understanding that the prizes can only be
mailed to one person and multiple prizes will not be given out to group produced
So, more or less, the rules boil down to: If you submit a BASIC version of
DrugWars v0.01 for the TI-86, we're going to smack you over the head with a
Educational vs. "Other":
There are two different categories that entries can be submitted under: Educational
and "Other". Educational entries don't need to be just math programs, but they must
have some teaching or "mind-expanding" value. "Other" is anything else, including:
shells, games with no educational value, etc. When you submit your entry into the
contest, you must tell us whether you are submitting it as Educational or "Other".
If we disagree with your category assignment, we'll let you know.
How To Enter:
The zip file should include your program and a document describing your program.
Although we will not be judging on source code, we reserve the right to ask for
source code if we feel that there is a question of whether or not your work is
original. The documentation should include a short description of your program,
your contact information, a list of any special keys that are used by your
programs, and instructions on the use of your programs. Feel free to tell us in
your documentation how much you love our applications. It wont get you any extra
points in the judging, but it will make us happy.
You don't have to do anything to get started. Just start programming your program!
When you're ready to submit however, please use our Submission
. There you will be able to list and upload your entry to us for our judges
to review. You will also be required to input your personal information such as your
mailing address, and this is important for us to know in order to ship the prizes
and slide cases to the people entering. None of this information will be distributed
but kept confidential among the Detached Solutions staff and TI for shipping purposes.
If you have any questions about the contest, please E-Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org