Developers and designers form an important audience for W3C standards, but the standards process itself is not an ideal way to engage with them. W3C has made strides in terms of developer relations in recent years, through W3Conf, Web Education XG and CG, easy access to W3C through community groups, more documentation, and online training. More can be done to reach more people and better reflect their interests in W3C.
* Create a developer relations activity or domain, to coordinate and explore different ways to directly engage with developers and designers, to gain early feedback on our specifications.
* Make W3C a home for more useful documentation, demos, etc.
* Support developer advocacy, in which ideas, use cases, and requirements for features or specification fixes are collected in detail from developers and designers, and presented to the appropriate W3C Groups.
* Liaise with Members' developer relations departments on projects of mutual benefit.
This group will not publish Specifications.
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The GSMA has called for entries to its Smarter App Challenge, which is designed to recognise products which are more user and network friendly.
The contest follows the launch of the Association’s Smarter Apps Developer Guidelines at Mobile World Congress 2012. These are designed to help developers “create fit-for-purpose apps; mobile operators will see a reduced strain on their networks; and users will experience more responsive and reliable apps and improved battery life.”
Judges will evaluate and identify the most efficient apps, with the winners to be announced at the GSMA Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai in June 2012.
Winners will receive cash prizes and a trip to Mobile Asia Expo. Developers will also be entered into a sweepstake to win one of five ZTE Light Tab 2 devices when they download the briefing documents and guidelines from www.mobileappchallenge.com/smarterapp Entries are open until 16 May 2012.
A few people have asked me to provide some background for this community group, and to explain how it’s different than the Web Education CG. I’ll try to capture some of the motivation, background, and initial ideas behind this group.