Intel Announces a Programming Contest For Windows 8 Apps

Written by Joel Diamond on . Posted in Blog


Intel Announces a Programming Contest  For Windows 8 Apps
Intel Corporation has announced it’s “Intel App Innovation Contest 2013” or “AIC 2013”, promoting the development of new applications for the Windows 8 Platform. Open to the global marketplace, it has been launched simultaneously in  Russia, China, India and the US. At the end of the submission period, 500 finalists will be selected and will be awarded  a Lenovo All-In-One or a Windows Tablet device. The Top nine winners will share in $100,000 USD. The contest is also sponsored by PC and Laptop manufacturer, Lenovo. To support the promotion, four major software developer communities have been selected to promote the contest.

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Developers enter the contest from one of the four partners. You do not have to a developer from a specific country as you can enter from any of the four communities.

Code Project for example will accept entries from: Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Canada (excluding Quebec), Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, People’s Republic of China, Republic of South Africa, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, UK, Ukraine, and the 50 United States of America (and the District of Columbia) .Unfortunately, due to various country-specific laws, contest submissions guidelines were limited to these countries.

AIC 2013 is a 3 stage process. Round 1 requires a developer to register and submit a Windows 8 app idea by September 4. Submissions will be judged by the four partner communities. From this large group of submissions, the partners will select a final list of 125 from each submitted site. If you are one of these finalists, you will be sent a Lenovo ThinkPAD Tablet 2 or a Lenovo Horizon 27″ All-In-One. Finalists will have to six weeks, from September 18 until October 30 to code, test, tweak, and debug their app for Round 2. Round 2 submissions will be judged by representatives from Intel and a panel of respected experts.

If your demo is one of the top five in the contest’s six categories, you will be invited to create a 5 minute video that presents its features of your application. Submissions of these 5 minute videos will accepted between November 13 and November 20, 2013

There are two categories for the All-In-One – Entertainment and Games; and four for the Tablet – Education, Finance, Healthcare and Retail.  There are six Category Prizes of $10,000 cash USD, two Platform Grand Prizes of $10,000 USD and an Overall Grand Prize of $20,000 USD. In addition, there are promotional prizes for the winning apps and $5,000 USD worth of prizes for Spot Challenges throughout the contest.

If you have an idea for a Windows 8 app in any of these categories, this contest is an awesome way to launch and promote it while winning some great prizes and revenue.