Category Archives: Competitions

PhoneGap devs–bring your app to Windows Phone and win!

From now until  June 30th, 2013, we are running a competition aimed at developers who have built PhoneGap apps and published in other stores – for example, Apple iTunes, Google Play, Blackberry World, Bada, Symbian, or Palm OS – to take any of their existing PhoneGap apps and port it to Windows Phone 8, like the Untappd app recently ported to Windows Phone 8.

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Members of a panel selected from Microsoft, the Adobe PhoneGap team, and industry experts will choose 20 winners, based on apps that are:

  • Original
  • Innovative
  • Easy to use
  • Engaging and visually appealing to the user

The panel will pick 3 grand prize winners who each will receive a Windows Phone 8 and a Surface Pro, and 17 first prize winners who each will receive a Windows Phone 8. All winning apps will be evaluated for featured slots in the Windows Phone Store.

Full details on the Windows Phone Dev Blog here, entry page for the Windows Phone Porting Challenge competition here.

UK App Builders: Reward Program *One Day Special* and Bonus Rewards

Show us that you’re a game changer and collect points every step of the way to redeem rewards like a brand new Windows 8 RT Slate. Create the next app phenomenon by building your original and unique Windows Store and/or Windows Phone App.

Get recognised and rewarded for building your original apps. Further, get bonus rewards for migrating your Windows Phone app to Windows Store and vice versa or incorporating one or more Windows Azure Services.

Follow these 4 Simple Steps to Start Earning Points for your Awesome Apps:

1. Register yourself on the UK App Builder Reward Programme website.

2. Build & publish your original & unique app.

3. Claim points by telling us about the app you’ve published and we’ll award points to you accordingly.

4. Redeem your points for a range of fantastic prizes and gadgets.

Introducing Our First Ever One Day Special

On Tuesday 19 March 2013, we will be announcing a special one day deal for the Rewards Programme. To make sure you can take advantage of this special one day deal, publish your apps and ensure you claim your points before Thursday 14 March 2013 (less than 2 weeks away) so you will have your all of your eligible points in your account to use. You do not want to miss this one day special! Look out for the announcement for the One Day Special on Tuesday 19 March.

Don’t forget about our Bonus Rewards

The bonus rewards are limited deals where you must fulfil the stated criteria. Once you have fulfilled the criteria, you will be notified by our team and delivery of your bonus reward will be arranged. The bonus reward is exactly that and it will not affect the balance of your points therefore, you will still be able to use your points to claim for your reward(s) of your choice. Nokia have generously sponsored the first set of bonus rewards. You have to be quick to take advantage of this special bonus reward.

Bonus Reward 1: Receive a Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8 Handset if you are one of the first 20 App Builders who accumulate 100 points from Windows Phone Apps published.

Bonus Reward 2: Receive a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 Developer Handset if you are one of the first 10 App Builders who accumulate 200 points for publishing Windows Phone apps.

UK Windows App Builder Reward Programme

www.appbuilder-rewards.co.uk

Show us that you’re a game changer and collect points every step of the way of your app building journey to redeem rewards like a brand new Lenovo Tablet 2. Create the next app phenomenon by building your original and unique Windows Store and/or Windows Phone app – and get recognised and rewarded for your hard work. Further, get bonus rewards for migrating your Windows Phone app to Windows Store and vice versa or incorporating one or more Windows Azure Services.

4 Simple Steps to Start Earning Points for your Awesome Apps

1. Register yourself on the UK App Builder Reward Programme website.

2. Build & publish your original & unique app.

3. Claim points by telling us about the app you’ve published and we’ll award points to you accordingly.

4. Redeem your points for a range of fantastic prizes and gadgets.

Build & publish an app between Monday 4th Feb 2013 and Tuesday 30th Apr 2013 to be eligible for points you can redeem for rewards. Here are the different ways you can earn points:

Points for Apps

Publish a New Windows Store App

50 Points

Publish a New Windows Phone App

25 Points

Bonus Points

Your Windows Store or Phone App incorporates one or more Windows Azure Services

+ 25 Points

Your app Windows Store app is migrated from Windows Phone or Windows Phone app is migrated from Windows Store

+25 Points

Example

For example, if you have built and publish a Windows Store app which was ported from an existing Windows Phone app and is hosted on Windows Azure, you will be eligible for up to 100 points for that app.

Windows Store App = 50 Points

+ Hosted on Windows Azure = 25 Bonus Points

+ Ported from Windows Phone = 25 Bonus Points

Total = 100 Points

To recognise your hard work, the more apps you publish, the more points you receive. The more points you get, the more exciting rewards you can claim. Here’s a brief selection:

Publish 1 Windows Phone App

Publish 1 Windows Store App

Publish 5 Windows Store apps + Windows Azure Services + Migrated from WP

Publish 10 Windows Store apps + Windows Azure Services + Migrated from WP

Get a XBOX360 Wireless Headset

Get a XBOX360 12 Months Gold Subscription

Get a Lenovo Tablet 2

Get a Two Night Deluxe Paris Cuisine Break for 2

In addition to the fantastic selection of rewards and experiences you can redeem using your points, we’re also offering some bonus rewards to give your journey to publishing great apps that extra boost.

For Windows Store Apps Builders

For Windows Phone Apps Builders

Receive one of the latest XBOX360 titles if you are one of the first 50 app builders who accumulate 150 points from publishing Windows Store Apps.

Receive a Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8 Handset if you are one of the first 20 App Builders who accumulate 100 points from Windows Phone Apps published (~windows phone apps)

Receive a copy Visual Studio 2012 Professional (with MSDN Subscription) if you are one of the first 5 app builders who accumulate 400 points from publishing Windows Store Apps.

Receive a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 Developer Handset if you are one of the first 10 App Builders who accumulate 200 points for publishing Windows Phone apps (~8 Windows Phone apps)

The UK App Builder Rewards Programme finishes on the 30th April so get your thinking caps on and we look forward to rewarding your awesome apps very soon.

UK App Builder Rewards Programme www.appbuilder-rewards.co.uk

Windows Phone’s Next App Star Contest

Microsoft has launched a new contest with a very special top prize – featured placement of the winner’s app in a Windows Phone Primetime TV ad which will be broadcast in the U.S. There are many other prizes such as Nokia Lumia 920 phones and Dev Center subscriptions.

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Participation is easy and the contest is open to developers worldwide. Just visit the Windows Phone Dev Centre to opt-in to the contest and then publish a new app by March 5th. All apps submitted will then be judged based on an equal rating of user ratings and app quality, including the implementation of new Windows Phone 8 features, such as the new Tile templates.

This judging will narrow the field to 64 finalists and these will participate in a head-to-head competition, in which public voting will narrow the field to 32, then 16, 8, 4, 2 and finally the Grand Prize Winner. The 64 finalists will win prizes such as Nokia Lumia 920 phones and Dev Center subscriptions.

The last app standing will be announced the ‘Windows Phone Next App Star’ and will be featured in the Primetime TV ad!

So what are you waiting for? Visit the Windows Phone Dev Center now and opt-in to the contest, then get your app published by March 5th to submit your entry. Good Luck!

For more details, read the original announcement on the Windows Phone Developer Blog.

Recently submitted a great Windows Phone App? Want to go to Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona….?

And another great Windows Phone competition to get started with 2013! Though I have to admit, I’m a bit late with publicising this one… sorry!

Nokia and Windows Phone Geek have teamed up to offer the LUMIA GEEK 8-WEEK CHALLENGE. There’s only ….ahem… less than one week left. But if you have submitted a new or significantly updated app to the Windows Phone Store between 13th November 2012 and 8th January 2013, then you can enter this great competition.

There are three awesome prize categories all with amazing prizes to be won. They are looking for the best Windows Phone developers to make amazing apps for the new WP8 Nokia Lumia devices. The Top prize wins you goodies such as:

  • Trip for 2 to MWC in Barcelona. Includes: Airfare, Hotel Accommodations, & Event Passes
  • App Demo @ WIPJam @ MWC
  • Customized Nokia Lumia Device & Nokia Gear
  • $300 ad credit on Nokia’s Ad Exchange (NAX)
  • 1 Year Free Subscription to Nokia’s Premium Developer Program (NPDP)

Head over to http://windowsphonegeek.com/lumia-geek-8-week-challenge for full details.