Last Call Mendeley/PLoS App Contest Sep 30th


The deadline to enter your application to the Binary Battle is September 30th, 2011. Go here for the official entry form.

Hopefully you were already aware of the Binary Battle, but if not, here’s a brief rundown….

We, Mendeley, teamed up with the world’s largest Open Access publisher PLoS, to create a call for apps that help researchers. To sweeten the incentive, we also put up some nice cash prizes and the opportunity for the top 10 apps to be judged by some high profile names. 

Great Prizes

The overall grand prize is worth $10,001 and $1,000 of AWS credits donated by the great folks at Amazon. Huge runner up prizes are up for grabs and anyone who officially enters the contest will get $50 of AWS credits from Amazon just for entering! 

Even better judges!


Perhaps even more amazing is the list of judges who will be seeing your name, institution, and app. If you’d like to get your name in front of the likes of Tim O’Reilly or Amazon’s CTO, Werner Vogels, then there is only one way to do it – enter the Binary Battle!


Tim O’Reilly

Founder of O’Reilly Media, which is changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. Tim also co-hosts the annual Science Foo Camp with Google and Nature.
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Fantastic reason

Finally, the most important reason to build a science app, even if not with Mendeley or PLoS’s APIs, is to do something awesome for the world instead of just the next music app. Boosting the number of tools available to researchers using accessible data is the entire Raison d’être.

4 thoughts on “Last Call Mendeley/PLoS App Contest Sep 30th

  1. Scientists are busy people. And they better be: they are doing great stuff that helps everyone. So it is for the benefit of humanity if we give them more time for their research. Mendeley is one excellent means for doing this, and thanks to Mendeley’s open API it is now also possible to extremely easily maintain a personal web site with publications without having to manually update that page regularly. Where used, retrieves a scientist’s publication record from Mendeley on-the-fly when someone visits their homepage, and renders the list in a pretty, customizable format right on the scientist’s page. This way, scientists can use the wonderful Mendeley interface and database to maintain their publications, but still get the web traffic on their personal web site from people looking for their papers.

  2. Hi guys,

    I think I posted a comment here already but somehow that disappeared.. don’t know what happened there, anyway I’ll try again.

    First of all, do you think you might publish a list of submissions for the App Contest – it’s a practice that’s common with most startup competitions and it would be really cool and exciting, both for all the entrants as well as simple users, to see what kind of apps are being developed.

    Looking forward though – what do you think about a Mendeley App Directory hosted somewhere on your site? I imagine anyone could start one of his own, but it would really make most sense if it were hosted by Mendeley.. I think having a directory like that will benefit both Mendeley and the apps: the former should get even more subscriptions from undecided users who will see all the additional stuff you can do with Mendeley, and the latter will clearly get more exposure..

    So, up to you of course, but should be great!


    • Hi Martin,

      We’ll be posting the top 10 apps in the coming weeks. I’ll also see if we can list all of the official entries.

      We also think a Mendeley App Directory makes sense for everyone and that is most definitely on our TODO list!


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