Billboard is happy to announce the panel of judges who will select the winners of the first ever Music App Awards, taking place Oct. 5 as part of its Mobile Entertainment Live: The App Summit conference.

The judges are:
- MC Hammer
- Daniel Klaus, Founder, AppFund
- Patrick Mork, VP Marketing, GetJar
- Ian Rogers, CEO, Topspin
- Ralph Simon, CEO, The Mobilium Advisory Group
- Eliot Van Buskirk, Staff Writer, Wired

The panel was chosen based on their expertise in the music, mobile, and developer industries. Billboard is currently accepting applications from anyone interested in being considered in any of the following categories: Best Artist-Based App, Best Music Streaming App; Best Music Engagement App; Best Music Creation App; Best Branded App; and Best Touring App.

Billboard's editorial team will select three finalists for each award category. The finalists will be featured in a pre-show special section of Billboard Magazine and will have the opportunity to demonstrate their apps at Billboard's Mobile Entertainment Live!: The Music App Summit, taking place in conjunction with the CTIA Enterprise & Applications fall show in San Francisco.

Submissions from developers and companies creating music applications are being accepted through July 30 at