Announces "Build On Our API" Contest With Over US$30,000 in
Cash and Prizes

SYDNEY, April 23 /CNW/ -, the world's No. 1 outsourcing marketplace for small business, today announced an API contest with prizes totalling in excess of US$30,000.

Unveiled yesterday, the FreelancerAPI is the world's first API for tasking humans from software. This API provides a sophisticated programming interface for humans, for use by software. Allowing software, for the first time ever, to send complex tasks such as real engineering or problem solving to humans, retrieve the results and pay for the completed work.

The Build On Our API To Win $10,000 contest will run from April 22nd to July 22nd and be open to contestants from across the globe. "FreelancerAPI provides the world's first programming interface for tasking humans to perform complex tasks", said Matt Barrie, Chief Executive of "The possibilities with this API are endless. This contest will deliver applications never thought possible before now man and machines can work seamlessly together through software."

"With over 1.5 million users and over 660,000 projects to date, we're the largest crowdsourcing website in the world", continued Barrie. "The diversity of the work that is being done on our site is staggering, and I expect to see that reflected in the creativity and innovation of the entries!"

The grand prize for the competition is US$10,000 and US$5,000 will be awarded in four separate categories: Most Innovative, Best Toolkit or Library, Best Platform Port or Plug-In and Best Use of Automation. Additionally, runners up in each category will receive an Apple iPad bringing the total value of contest winning to over US$30,000.

Access to FreelancerAPI and contest details is available now at by clicking on the "API" link.

Awards Breakdown

    Grand Prize                    US$10,000 and Grand Master Programmer
    Most Innovative                US$5,000 and Master Programmer Insignia
    Best Toolkit or Library        US$5,000 and Master Programming Insignia
    Best Platform Port or Plugin   US$5,000 and Master Programming Insignia
    Best Use of Automation         US$5,000 and Master Programming Insignia
    Runners Up                     Apple iPad 16GB WiFi + 3G (4 prizes) and
                                    Specialist Insignia 10th to 20th Place
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About Freelancer is a global marketplace for online and freelance jobs where businesses connect with independent service providers and freelancers to outsource their work. connects over 1.5 million employers and freelancers globally from over 234 countries & regions. Through our website, employers can hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software, writing, data entry and design right through to engineering and the sciences, sales and marketing, and accounting & legal services. Freelancer is the leader in the micro-outsourcing market, with the average job size being under US$200. This is extremely cost effective for small businesses, which often need a wide variety of jobs to be done, but cannot justify the expense of hiring full time.


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