Twitter this week launched its first global startup competition, with three winners to receive between US$5,000 and US$25,000 in prizes.
The 'Hatch' competition will see 10 finalists that use Twitter's Fabric or API fly to San Francisco and pitch their ideas at the annual Hatch Gala in July.
Fabric is a cross-platform mobile development toolkit that combines seven of Twitter's SDKs to assist developers in testing, driving downloads, onboarding new users, and growing and monetising their apps.
Twitter officials will also travel to different countries on its ‘Flock’ tour to train people how to use Fabric.
“We believe the next great app can come from anywhere so we are going everywhere we can to help you learn how to use Fabric to build great apps,” Twitter’s head of developer and platform relations, Jeff Sandquist, wrote on the Twitter Developer Blog.
There are no Australian cities listed as destinations in the Flock tour, but Australians can still participate in the competition.
Twitter updated Fabric in December. Updates included:
- seamless distribution of beta builds to app testes with share links and crash-to-tester identification;
- app installs tracking feature, Answers;
- theming support for Digits, a phone-based sign-in solution;
- MoPub Kit shipped support for MRAID 2.0 and specification to enable rich media ads in banners and interstitial ad units.
To be eligible for the competition, participants need to have taken US$2 million or less in funding, made less than US$10 million in revenue, and incorporated Fabric or the Twitter API into the app.
Winners will also receive a one-on-one mentoring session with a Twitter executive, Twitter Ad Credits for their startup, and VIP access to Twitter Developer Events in 2015.