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The Government of Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, together with the Fukuoka Ruby and Software Industry Promotion Committee, is excited to announce the opening of the 2014 Fukuoka Ruby Award Competition.

The Fukuoka Ruby Award was created to promote Ruby as a successful catalyst for business, raise public awareness of the growing software industry in Fukuoka, and expand the use of Ruby to new regions and industries around the world.

The rapid development and diffusion of information technology in recent years has shortened the product-development cycle, increasing pressure on software companies to rapidly plan and develop software. The Ruby programming language has gained increasing recognition in the industry as a development tool that meets such demands. Fukuoka Prefecture is working to expand the software industry in the Fukuoka region of Japan by supporting the activities of Ruby-based businesses from around the world, seeking to become the world’s largest hub for Ruby businesses. The Fukuoka Ruby Award is a major part of this effort. We invite you to participate in the 2014 competition. Details are below.

Award:
2014 Fukuoka Ruby Award
Sponsors: Main:
Fukuoka Ruby and Software Industry Promotion Committee, Fukuoka Prefectural Government
Eligibility: Eligible projects include systems, business models, or activities that utilize the features of the Ruby programming language. Entries must have been developed or completed within the past 1 year. Projects that 1) help increase the popularity or growth of Ruby, 2) impact society in a big way, or 3) are widely used, are preferred.
Entries may incorporate languages other than Ruby. Exclusive development in Ruby is NOT required.
Both free and commercial projects will be considered, but a URL and access must be provided so that the selection committee can view the system. (Entries describing activities do not need to designate a URL.)
Entries that describe systems, business models, or activities considered by the selection committee to be inappropriate or offensive to the public will not be accepted.
Qualification: Qualification Requirements:
The competition is open to all companies, organizations, and individuals. Corporate and group entries must designate a representative. In the case of collaborative development, entries should be submitted by the representative.
Selection: Entries will be judged by an award selection committee composed of experts familiar with Ruby who can evaluate the entries on their use of Ruby, inventiveness, and potential benefits to society.

  1. Preliminary Evaluation
    Preliminary Evaluation shall be based on the application documents, attachments, and a preview of the system via the Internet. Successful applicants will receive an email at the beginning of December. Applicants not short-listed for Final Selection will not be contacted.
  2. Final Selection
    Final Selection shall be based on presentations in Fukuoka, Japan conducted by applicants who have successfully passed the Preliminary Evaluation. If successful applicants are unable to present in person, the presentation documents may be submitted in lieu. Travel to Fukuoka for the Final Selection process and related expenses are the responsibility of the applicant. We may contact applicants during the screening process if we have questions; however, we cannot respond to inquiries from applicants regarding the screening process.
Entry Fee: Free
Prizes:
  1. Grand Prize (One Award)
    Certificate of Commendation, Trophy, and 1 million yen (Approximately $10,000; actual amount depends on the exchange rate.)
  2. Outstanding Performance Awards (A Few Awards)
    Certificate of Commendation, Trophy, and 100,000 yen (Approximately $1,000; actual amount depends on the exchange rate.)
  3. Fukuoka Innovator Awards* (A Few Awards)
    Certificate of Commendation.

    *Eligibility is limited to entities located in Fukuoka.

  4. Special Awards (A Few Awards)
    Certificate of Commendation
  5. Special Company Award:

    Engine Yard, Inc.
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    Credit for 5,000 hours of Engine Yard Cloud, A pair of tickets to RubyKaigi (incl. 50,000 yen per person for transport expenses), and Engine Yard novelty goods set.

    salesforce.com Co.,Ltd.
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    paperboy&co., Inc.
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    Free pair tickets to Shimane (Ruby City Matsue) for 3days(transportation expenses up to 50,000 yen per person), and Free gTLD (com, net, org, info, biz) for 10 years
Entry: How to Enter:

  1. Complete the entry form, attach any reference materials, and submit all materials by mail or email.
  2. For submission by mail, be sure to include the original document and 10 copies. Please also include one copy of any relevant electronic media.
Schedule: Entry Deadline and Award Schedule:

  1. Application Period: Thursday, August 29, 2013 – Friday, November 29, 2013 All entries must arrive by 5:00 PM (Tokyo Time)
  2. Preliminary Evaluation: December 2013
  3. Final Selection: January 2014
  4. Award Ceremony: February 18, 2014. Location:Fukuoka City, Japan
Submissions: Submit applications to:
Fukuoka Ruby and Software Industry Promotion Committee Office
c/o Fukuoka Prefectural Government,
1-17-1 Hakataekihigashi, Hakata-ku,
Fukuoka City, 812-0013 Japan
Other: Other Terms and Conditions
By submitting an application, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  1. Applications, attached documents, and other submitted materials cannot be returned.
  2. Handwritten materials will not be accepted. Type your application and make sure your sentences are simple, accurate and easy to understand. Be sure to define new terms, abbreviations, and relevant technical terms by adding a footnote to the first usage of any such terms or by including the explanations of all such terms in a list.
  3. All submitted materials may be used freely by the organizers for promotional, public relations, or other purposes relevant to the objectives of this award.
  4. Issues related to copyright or other intellectual property rights must be resolved prior to application. Should there be any claim of infringement or damages related to submitted concepts or materials, such claims will be the exclusive responsibility of the applicant. The promoters of the award and their affiliates have no responsibility or liability in such cases.
  5. Infringement on the intellectual property rights or copyrights of others, falsification of the application and/or related documentation in whole or in part, or other activities of a similar nature will result in the cancellation and forfeiture of any prizes awarded.
  6. There is no entry fee, but the applicant is responsible for all expenses related to the application. The promoters are not be responsible for work that is lost or damaged.
  7. Personal information on application forms will only be used to communicate with the applicant. Personal information will not be disclosed or provided to any third party unaffiliated with this award without the applicant’s consent. The promoters follow the law concerning the protection and appropriate handling of personal information.
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