Google DevArt Competition Winners Are Announced

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-04-30 Print this article Print

The competition ended March 28. Participants were eligible to use any blend of technologies such as OpenFrameworks or Processing, Arduino or Raspberry Pi for their projects, but they had to include at least one of four Google technologies—Google Go or Dart languages; Google Chrome Apps, Android, Google Compute Engine or App Engine platforms; Google Web Toolkit or Polymer toolkits; or any Google APIs.

The winner of the competition will receive a prize of about $41,042, as well as Google Developer help, and curating and production support from the Barbican to help transform their concept into a digital art installation, according to the contest rules. The top 10 finalists will have the opportunity to meet the DevArt judging panel during a Google+ Hangout and receive a "DevArt finalist" award for their site.

The winner's work will be displayed at this summer's Barbican exhibit from July 3 to Sept. 14, and then will go on tour to cities around the world.

Google is often involved in the promotion of art around the world.

In December 2013, Google unveiled its Google Open Gallery, an online service that lets small art galleries around the world receive some free help from Google to show off the lovely artwork within its walls by displaying their collections to online visitors.

In March 2013, Google expanded its Global Art Project with another 2,000 works of art in its growing and evolving Google Art Project, which is a Website that displays amazing and hard-to-find sculptures, paintings, drawings, and even folk and street art from around the world. The collection now includes more than 30,000 beautiful and creative works of art in 200 museums across 40 countries, all viewable through a Web browser.

The Google Art Project was started in February 2011 by a group of Google employees who came up with the idea of creating an online collection of art from around the world. The project was designed during their "20 percent time," which is set aside for employees to work on personal projects that advance the company's work and missions using as much as 20 percent of their work week. The employees built the project using Google's Street View, Picasa and App Engine technology to take pictures of artwork and assemble them on this special Website. The Google Art Project, a collaboration between Google and the participating museums, began with 17 museum partners in nine countries when it launched.

 In August 2013, Amazon began selling fine art online, adding it to the many categories of items that shoppers can buy from the e-commerce giant, which already is the leader in selling books, CDs, DVDs and more online. The Amazon Art category on Amazon's site includes more than 40,000 works of art from about 4,500 artists that are being offered for sale by more than 150 galleries and art dealers in the United States, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Canada.


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