While 148Apps is the creator of the Best App Ever Awards, we recognize that there is plenty of room for other awards for all of the awesome mobile app developers out there. GetJar, a company that bills themselves as the worlds second largest app store, are sponsoring a new kind of mobile app award, the Gettie awards.

These awards will honor just one app in each of six platforms: iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, J2ME, and Symbian. The winner in each category will win $15,000 in pay per download credits on GetJar. In addition, a single app will be chosen to win $25,000 in credit from GetJar.

“We are thrilled to honor the best and brightest application developers with The Gettie Awards this year,” said Ilja Laurs, CEO and Founder, GetJar. “We feel it is important to recognize the developer community’s achievements across all major platforms to really appreciate the amazing content that is responsible for today’s vibrant app economy.”

While I’m sure most developers would prefer cash, winning exposure on GetJar isn’t the worst prize in the world. I recommend all developers enter their best apps. You just might win!

Hit the jump for the full press release.

GetJar Announces “The Gettie Awards 2010” for Mobile App Developers
First award ceremony to globally recognize apps across all major platforms in this developer’s version of the Oscars

San Mateo, CA – May 18, 2010 — GetJar (www.getjar.com), the world’s second largest app store, today announced the launch of “The Gettie Awards 2010”, which is officially open for submission from all talented mobile application developers. The Gettie Awards 2010 will honor the successes and innovations of the best application developers across all major platforms from around the world while giving them the opportunity to showcase their work in front of industry luminaries, investors, technology press and peers.

This year, The Gettie Awards will take place in conjunction with the first evening of VentureBeat’s annual MobileBeat conference scheduled for July 12, 2010, 7 PM at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California. The event will include dinner, entertainment, the awards ceremony and promises to showcase the world’s best mobile applications across all leading platforms.

7 total awards will be given for:
- Best Android application
- Best Blackberry application
- Best iPhone application
- Best Java application
- Best Symbian application
- Best Windows Mobile application
- The Gettie Award for best overall application

A panel of five judges including prominent industry heavyweights, press and analysts will first select three (3) nominees within each category from all submissions of files/applications. Winners from each category will be determined by review of the actual physical applications. The Gettie Award winner will be determined by a combination of popular vote and judge’s votes. Developers get the chance to be the best within each category and best for overall application at this prestigious event.
The deadline for entries is June 25, 2010. Submissions after this date may not be eligible for consideration.

Submission, guideline details and event information available at: http://www.gettiesawards.com/index.php

For ticket purchases and information please visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/672327951

Judging Panel – The distinguished list of judges include:
Rich Wong, Accel Partners
Kevin Thau, Twitter
Mike Rowehl, Silicon Valley Mobile Monday and Chomp
Jessica Dolcourt, CNET
Matt Marshall, VentureBeat

“We are thrilled to honor the best and brightest application developers with The Gettie Awards this year,” said Ilja Laurs, CEO and Founder, GetJar. “We feel it is important to recognize the developer community’s achievements across all major platforms to really appreciate the amazing content that is responsible for today’s vibrant app economy.”

“Applications and developers are an essential part of the Symbian ecosystem of over 300 million devices,” said Larry Berkin, Head of Global Alliances and on the Leadership Team at Symbian Foundation. “With the explosive growth of mobile applications, GetJar has become one of the best venues to obtain the latest mobile applications and winning a Gettie Award from the largest multi-platform app store is a great achievement.”

About GetJar
GetJar is the world’s second largest apps store, second only to Apple iTunes, with over 900 million downloads to date. The company provides more than 65,000 mobile applications across all major handsets and platforms to consumers in more than 200 countries. In June 2009, GetJar was named winner of the 2009 Meffy Award for Best Direct to Consumer Service. GetJar is backed by marquee investor Accel Partners and is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in the UK and Lithuania. For more information: www.getjar.com and follow us on Twitter @getjar.

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