clarification regarding the contest

February 22, 2010
We are aware there has been lot of talks thru blogs and tweets outside about the contest.
we would like to clarify a few things.
We  apologize for the delay in delivering the device but,we have put our best efforts in
procuring them.In fact, we have placed the contestants above our own team members who are
yet to receive their devices from past six months.
Since we honour our commitment to the contest.
We agree there was some delay with our communication with contestants on a one on one basis
but, we had made an announcement about it and had even sent out a mail to the winner that
there would be a possible delay.As for allegation that we did a "close source contest"
in a open source event it is untrue .
We did clarify in our blog that the code needn't be written beginning from scratch.
 It'd have been a hard rule, had the contestants been told that they cannot port existing apps.
The announcement about the contest was made on the first day of and not everybody would
come out with writing an app within 5 days of FOSS.
The idea was to help everybody understand the easiness in writing/porting apps
onto our Maemo platform and the fun involved in it may it be a Qt app or a GTK+ app.
We have neither reused the code or used the application for commercial purposes.
we have requested all the contestants to provide their code at a common place
or upload it somewhere which link we could direct to the blog.
We believe that they are matured individuals who believe
in contributing to a community voluntarily and are self motivated.
Our motive of the contest was to get more people to have a feel of our platform
and have as many as winners as possible.
We haven't reused used these applications for any purpose of ours.
Infact we have not even achieved much of  contribution to the device
since they haven't been even put to the Maemo community garage inspite of our requests.
Lastly, hopefully all the winner do like our device
and appreciate Maemo Bangalores efforts to prioritize N900 devices handout to them.
We do hope that we continue this relationship forward.


maemo hack results

December 11, 2009

We received around 10 entries. All of them were exceptionally good.  we cant have all winners though .so here are the winners

1.Gajim port  by Thobias Mueller

2. Lite Speed by Abhijit Bera

3. Shop Mate by  Amith Sethi

4. Cilantro  by Girish Ramakrishnan

5. Mpuzzle by Ramulu

All the winners will be shipped N900 devices soon.  winners pls mail your postal address to maemo(dash)bangalore(at)nokia(dot)com

Installation of scratchbox and Maemo5 on fedora 12

December 2, 2009

we encountered a lot of people asking us about installing the development environment on fedora.
here is a link explaining how to go about installing the development environment here

after installing the scratchbox the steps to be followed are similar to those in any debian distro for activating the target or compiling code .
in case of any other doubts pls post them here ..

preview of Head first into Qt programming on Maemo5.

December 2, 2009

😉 day1

December 1, 2009

pictures speak it all the first day at was a very good one. The response to n900 was amazing.

Especially with the contest announced we had a good interaction with developers interested in contributing to maemo.

A lot of interesting applications seemingly will be getting ported to maemo5.  We got to kick start some atleast 🙂 .

We also had a great demand for sale of N900 😛 ..need to see if it will be sold in india sooner 🙂

maemo hack ideas/creating themes

December 1, 2009


you could gain some more insight by having a look at this talk

Hildon UI Guides from Forum Nokia

here is a example theme


Acceptance Criteria:

– submit ur themes in pdf format to maemo-bangalore(at)nokia(dot)com

maemo hack ideas/porting applications

November 26, 2009

At present maemo5  provides support for porting of gtk ,Qt and python apps.

here are a few links to help porting

The hacker could port any application of their choice to maemo.

Acceptance Criteria for foss contest :

  1. the participant should provide us the complete buildable code(buildable in scratchbox ) mailed to the given email id
  2. It should also include a Read me file with details of the application and any steps to  build on scratchbox.

Happy Hacking !!! hack ideas

November 24, 2009

maemo is inviting hackers to contribute.

In Terms of  :

  • porting applications
  • solving a few critical bugs
  • designing a new theme
  • or even writing an innovative application

Getting starting with maemo 5 :

Prizes :


Steps to Contribute:

1. choose your area to contribute

2.Register at and attend hack session (optional ).

3.Send us ur final contributions to maemo-bangalore(at)nokia(dot)com.

Note : the prizes will be given out at or will be shipped anywhere in india

Meet Maemo Bangalore at FOSS.IN

November 24, 2009



1st Dec to 5 Dec

11am-10 pm

Agenda :
hack sessions on the first two days
regular tutorials and activities at the stall
talks on the 4th day


November 20, 2009

One of the first things the n900 impresses its user is with the accelerometer.
one the best know is the bounce game on n900 . I found this another example combining accelerometer and gestures very impressive.

some links that can get u started with accelerometer

reference for API