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MLS kicks off tech developer challenge

MRIS offering $25,000 grand prize

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The nation's largest multiple listing service officially kicked off a tech developer challenge this week. Rockville, Md.-based Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. is offering a $25,000 grand prize and a yearlong unpaid internship for an original desktop, mobile or Web application "that can measurably improve the way homebuyers and sellers work with professional real estate agents." MRIS is a Mid-Atlantic regional MLS that serves about 50,000 real estate agents and brokers. The prize had previously been set at $100,000, but the MLS decided to assign the bulk of the money for internal product development rather than external development, according to a spokesperson. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1, 2010. To see official rules, visit Contact Inman News: E-mail Letter to the Editor ...