Corporate file-sharing site SmartFile is hosting its first-ever open source programming and design competition for Indiana college students with the 2013 SmartFile Platform Bake-Off.

The competition will be pit 50 teams of two against one another for 50 days (starting February 28) in a “Bake-Off”, described by SmartFile as: “A competition among a group of people with a common goal.”

The students will be using SmartFile’s new API to create an open source web application.

At the end of the 50 days (April 18), SmartFile will narrow the entries down from 50 to 10. From there, the 10 finalists will be reviewed by a special panel of “Indiana’s top business-tech minds” with three teams being chosen as finalists.

On April 25, a party will be held to celebrate the competitors with an open vote deciding the overall winners.

SmartFile is allowing any programming language, as well as any project type, as long as the product is connected to SmartFile’s API. However, the team must use Github, Assembla, or BitBucket for source code management, as well as Google App Engine, Heroku, or AWS Elastic Beanstalk for hosting.

The best product will be chosen based on the following factors:

  • Use of SmartFile Platform Overall
  • Design/UI
  • Coolness and Innovation
  • Utility
  • User Experience

To enter, head over to the official competition page on SmartFile.