The 2013 Intel™ App Innovation Contest: A Unique Developer Opportunity

Contests and developers seem to go hand in hand. These last few months have seen a virtual plethora of interesting challenges; anything from the Intel® Perceptual Computing Challenge to the seven-week long Ultimate Coder: Going Perceptual saga to the currently running 2013 Intel™ App Innovation Contest.

About the Contest

The Intel App Innovation Contest 2013 officially launched on Wednesday, July 24. This event is a 20 country, multi-language (English, Chinese, and Russian) developer-focused competition. The goal here is to generate innovative Windows*8 desktop demo apps that are optimized for Lenovo* All-In-One and tablet devices, inspire developer creativity, leverage new form factors, and establish new use cases and PC interaction.

The competition looks like this: first, the idea submission phase (July 24-Sept 4), then the coding phase (Sept. 12 – Oct. 30), and then the conclusion on December 18 with the announcement of the winners in nine separate categories.

This contest has a very unique twist; it’s designed so that developers will be participating via their local coding communities. Intel has partnered with four of the largest developer communities online: Code Project (US), Habrahabr (Russia), ThinkDigit (India), and CSDN (PRC). Developers will actually enter the App Innovation Contest through one of these four communities, with the opportunity to be chosen as one of 500 total finalists. These contestants will be receiving either an All-In-One or Tablet development device, and encouraged to submit contest entries in their local language.  But here’s the really fun twist: these four developer communities that have already been mentioned will be vying to have their developers win the top prizes/cash, thereby competing with the other communities to ultimately crown their community as #1 in the world.

As already noted, there are two different form factors that developers will be creating apps for in this contest. There are several different categories that developers can choose from. For All-In-Ones, the categories are Entertainment or Games. For Tablets, the categories are Education, Finance, Healthcare, and Retail. More about these below:

Tablet Categories:

Think globally, compile locally. Bridge cultures and coursework with an educational app for students and consumers alike. Re-imagine learning and the way we interact in and out of the classroom.

Take high finance higher. Take the work (and the “paper”) out of bank paperwork. Create a tablet app stockbrokers won’t leave home without. Improve the bottom line for savers, investors, lenders and traders.

Build a medical marvel. Submit an app that makes the tablet a must-have companion for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and home-healthcare providers. Advance the quality of life for one; enhance the quality of the world for millions.

Improve the way we shop. Make paper lists, printed coupons, and endless checkout queues of the past. Re-engineer the way warehouses pick, pack and ship. Re-order the way we order!

All-In-One Categories:

Reinvent fun. Dream up an interactive entertainment experience that helps make the All-In-One an endless adventure. Enhance a trip to the movies, a concert, or a theme park. Turn a lazy video stream into a whitewater thrill ride.

Design something amazing. Whether it’s a simple multi-touch puzzler or an epic journey with a massive field of view, your app will make the All-In-One a gaming legend.

Tablets and All-In-Ones

300 Lenovo Tablet devices will be sent to Phase 1 finalists. You can learn more about this device here.

200 Lenovo All-In-One devices will be sent to Phase 1 finalists. You can learn more about this device here.

How to Enter

The first step is to come up with an inspiring idea for a Windows® 8 desktop app and submit that idea in one of the six categories.  If your idea is selected, you could be selected as one of 500 finalists to receive a loaner device, either a Lenovo* Horizon 27" All-in-One (AIO) or Lenovo* ThinkPad Tablet 2. You’ll use these developer systems to develop, test and refine your app idea into a working demo app for a chance to win cash prizes and potentially career-changing opportunities.

Only developers whose app ideas have been selected as finalists in phase 1 will be able to submit a demo app to the contest during phase 2. Contest judges will select the developers who submitted the top 125 app ideas from each of the four developer communities (for a total of 500 ideas) to continue from phase 1 to the demo app submission of phase 2.

App ideas will be judged as they are submitted, all under the same set of judging criteria and point structure delineated in the contest rules. App ideas will be judged based on a number of attributes including how the idea demonstrates an innovative user experience, the technical enabling vectors to be implemented, and the viability of the idea for use on the device and category, and the developer’s effectiveness in describing the app:

“The technical enabling vectors of interest for the AIO include multi-user and multi-touch user interfaces, multi-modal interactions based on voice or camera captured body gestures, and multi-gadget experiences such as using smartphones as game controllers.

The technical enabling vectors for the tablet include use of the accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, compass, GPS, touch and gestures, use of external stylus, detachable form factor of the tablets and near field communication (NFC).”

What are you waiting for?

This contest promises to be quite exciting, especially with prominent developer communities virtually pitted against one another. Are you planning on entering the 2013 Intel™ App Innovation Contest? Let us know in the comments!



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