Monthly Archives: January 2013

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.


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 for full details.

Windows Phone “App to the Future” Design Challenge

Happy New Year to everyone!

We start 2013 with a Windows Phone competition that is being run by Core77, Inc. and Microsoft.

Now You Can Change the Future
Challenge ends February 3, 2013

Design an app for Windows Phone that showcases how to create, connect or impress the pants off your future self. Apps are a way to take control of your day-to-day life. Today they help you wake up, dress, commute, stay on top of news and reach the important people in your life throughout the day, and at their best they help you do things the way YOU want to do them. But what more could your apps do for you tomorrow?

Why wait to find out? REGISTER NOW to design your own App to the Future! Full details:


A Microsoft Surface TabletSurfacea Windows Phone 8 device  Windows Phone device and a one year subscription to the Windows Phone DEV CENTER.

App to the Future is an app design competition open to the international design community, challenging entrants to design and mockup conceptual apps for the Windows Phone platform to help with their day-to-day challenges, better connect with their family or friends, or showcase an innovative, new app idea. The goals of Core77 and Microsoft are to showcase and triumph innovative designs through the Core77 Design Network of websites and the Microsoft Windows Phone Store and related websites such as Channel 9. Top winning entrants will be further encouraged to develop and sell their app in the Windows Phone Store utilizing prizes, resources and assistance provided by Core77 and Microsoft.