The Windows 8* & Ultrabook™ App Innovation Contest
Can I enter a Windows Store app in the Windows AppStore?
This competition covers only the Intel AppUp store. If you wish to enter
an app in the Windows store that's up to you, but there is no submission prize for getting
an app in the Windows Store.
Do I have to provide source code?
No, but please see this note.
What sort of apps are you after?
Innovative, interesting apps that provide a new experience. An Ultrabook
is more than a laptop. The more your app shows off this, the better your chances
More FAQs here
Get your Ultrabook enabled, Windows 8 Desktop app in the Intel AppUp®
store for your chance at one of 300 Ultrabooks, fifty $1,000 cash prizes, seven
$10,000 cash prizes and a grand prize of $20,000.
submissions to the Intel AppUp store can be made November 1 - November 21, 2012. Register
this FAQ for important information on the submission
The first 50 approved AppUp submissions!
Congratulations to the following contestants who were the first to get their
apps in the AppUp store. Congratulations!
||Febin John James
||Kloverpoint Technologies Inc.
What is the Challenge?
To get your Ultrabook enabled Windows 8 application into the Intel AppUp online store
by December 1, 2012.
- The first 50 successful AppUp store submissions will receive a $1,000 prize
for getting their app in the AppUp store
- All round 2 entrants are in the running for 1 of seven $10,000
- The final winner gets the $20,000 grand prize
- Every single entrant also goes in the fast lane for the app approval
That's a total prize package for the big winner of $31,000, plus additional promotion
and visibility for you and your app, plus you are sent an Ultrabook!
Please be aware that it can take over a week from the time you submit
your application to the time it appears on the AppUp store, hence the submission
deadline of November 21.
What is the reward?
There are six $10,000 prizes for Windows Desktop
apps, and only one $10,000 prize for Windows Store apps.
There are 50 $1,000 prizes for the first 50 apps accepted into the AppUp
store. Only Windows Desktop apps are accepted into the AppUp store
- All apps that are created for this contest are eligible to be
listed on the Microsoft Windows Store. Windows 8 Desktop apps must be first posted on the Intel AppUp Center to
be eligible. More information
on submitting to the Windows Store
What sort of applications are acceptable?
Almost anything. This is an Ultrabook competition so you need to ensure your
application takes advantage of the new Ultrabook capabilities. If it's a Windows
application then it will work, obviously, and if you accept cursor input then the
touchscreen input will work out of the box, too. But we want more:
- Make your app touch aware, not just touch enabled
- or maybe integrate location data
- or include smart connect support – have your apps respond to messages when
the Ultrabook is sleeping
- or maybe just go crazy with the sensors – tilt it, shake it, lift it or
spin your Ultrabook around and have your app know what's going on. Great for
game developers or those who just want to make a fun widget.
The more you show off what an Ultrabook can do, the more you demonstrate that
an Ultrabook isn't your Dad's old, tired PC, the better your chances. Make your
existing app engaging on an ultra-light, ultra-portable Ultrabook.
Read the Ultrabook Overview for
Software Developers for more info on what an Ultrabook running Windows 8 can
Judging will be divided into 7 categories, with each category winner being awarded
a $10,000 prize.
Windows 8 ("desktop") apps
Windows 8 Store ("metro") apps
- Total Innovation (i.e. show off what an Ultrabook can do no matter what
How do I enter?
If you don't register you will not be eligible
for the competition.
Second, complete your Windows 8 application, ensuring it showcases the
Ultrabook, and submit it to the Intel AppUp store.
Round 2 submission window: November 1 - November 21, 2012 only. Please read
the FAQ for important submission information.
Round 2 contestants will need to be completed and tested using the Ultrabook
that they received from Round 1 in order to ensure the application works perfectly on the hardware,
and then contestants must submit their final application to Intel AppUp for verification
and publishing. Contestants must provide proof of acceptance to be eligible to earn
a Category Prize, an Application Success Award, and/or the Grand Prize by emailing
us at email@example.com.
All Round 2 contestants should read the
Innovation Contest FAQ - App Submission & Verification and watch the short video
Submitting Your App to the Intel® AppUp℠
App Innovation Contest
If you don't submit your app to the AppUp store in time, and/or
it's not approved, you won't be eligible for final judging. Check the submission
requirements and give yourself plenty of time to get it in. We're working with Intel
to have your apps go through the fast lane, but we can't offer miracles for late
entries. The deadline for round 2 entries is November 21,
What if I missed the Round 1 deadline?
Contestants who do not receive an Ultrabook in Round 1, or who do not meet the
Round 1 deadline, are still encouraged to develop applications, write an article
describing their application (make sure it's posted in AppInnovation subsection
of the Ultrabooks section) and then, should they be accepted, submit them to Intel AppUp
store. Round 2 Contestants will be eligible to receive
an Application Success Award on providing proof that (i) they have submitted their
application to Intel AppUp and that (ii) it has been accepted to be included in
the AppUp store.
Can you throw me some links on getting started?
Can anyone enter?
As with any competition of this nature there are some restrictions. Employees
at Intel, Microsoft, and CodeProject cannot enter, and laws in certain jurisdictions
also restrict entrants. Please see the
and Conditions for a full list. Specifically, since a major component of this
competition revolves around entrants receiving an Ultrabook, we've had to restrict
entrants to the following countries: United States, Canada, India, Spain, Ireland,
United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Norway or Sweden. Yes, it
sucks we can't open it to everyone because of various laws in different countries,
but we had to make a call on whether it's better to offer it to a lot, but not all,
of you, or none at all.
No, you don't need to provide a full article because we understand that (a) you
may not have your code and article complete, and (b) you may be entering a commercial
application that contains proprietary information. However, please note that at
the conclusion of the competition those entries that do not fulfill the
will be removed.
However, we love code. The more code you post in your article - snipets, tips,
classes, or even full code - the better. Your priority in this competition is to
get an app in the AppUp store, but if you can post a full article as well, then
Contestants chosen as Round 1 winners will be provided with a URL that allows
them to get a certificate for free, compliments of Intel. You can use the
certificates for anything you want.
Please note: There is currently an
issue with the redirection from the Intel pages.
ArchieCoder writes "When I was redirected from the Intel AppUp website to
the Comodo form page, I was getting these 3 errors: Member not found, Unable to
get property ‘Count’ of undefined or null reference, Unable to get property ‘ItemByName’
of undefined or null reference." ArchieCoder contines that he "put an "s" after
http (so https://...) and it worked".
There should be a skip option at the bottom of the screen where it asks for the product key.
Conditions of Entry
Current winners list
|I`m having trouble getting precise location data from the UB when using the location API`s.
It looks like I only is getting wifi based locations which are of course not very precise. I get 155 meters accuracy from my home location.
Also the update interval from the location api seems to be a little indeterminate. Looks like location is updated every 50 seconds or so.
Does the builtin GPS sensor Work???
I have been on the Intel website to get driver updates, but this has not given anything. Is there somewhere I need to activate the GPS?
If this is the result that I can expect from the UB, then I`m in trouble with my contest entry, as this is based on expectations of much more precise and more frequent update of GPS based location data.
I get the same result if I use the provided Intel demo and also the MS sample program!
I have also tried the Win7 api class "GeoCoordinateWatcher", which gives the same result.
Anyone have a clue?
PS: I have tried to tune the location class parameters, but nothing changes:
geolocator = new Geolocator();
geolocator.ReportInterval = 10000;
geolocator.MovementThreshold = 0.0;
geolocator.DesiredAccuracy = PositionAccuracy.High;
|I took mine for a drive. The best I was able to get was 100m accuracy outdoors. It is raining here.
Here in my office I get 1000m unless I put it in the window.
It seems like it's just not particularly sensitive, but I look forward to hearing other reports.
modified 28 Oct '12 - 13:54.
|I have a similar problem like you guys. The GPS gives me Lat and Long with an accuracy of 95000.
I leave in Bangalore India and it gives me a position of Mumbai India. I was thinking I'm only the person who is facing issue with GPS sensors but it looks like every one has an issue.
BTW I'm using USB 3G Modem. Any help would be appreciated.
|That is not GPS - that is wifi location data!
The papers that came with the Intel Ultrabook states that the PC has a Fastrax GPS module and that should give positions pretty fast.
Getting positiondata with a GPS module does not require a wifi connection!
To me it seems that the GPS module is either missing a driver to work with the Windows 8 location mechanism or another kind of firmware issue...
|Oh is it.. Even i had problem with that.. When i disconnect my internet I won't get any reading from GPS
All of the other sensors are working perfectly except GPS. Not sure whether i have to update driver , will give a try
|I figured out that GeoLocation() class of WinRT is using a High level Algorithm to fetch the GPS data from Internet connection, Wifi data and "GPS Sensor". I have worked with real GPS sensors at every level. It basically catches signal from 17 Geo Sats and gives "precise" position. And precise means within 10m accuracy. But here Geolocation does not give any data when Internet connection is withdrawn. So it is a simple case of GetLocationFromIP() which is inaccurate and absolutely not acceptable data. I have already finished and finalized my app, but this tests frustrated me. Now I am planning to mask the GeoTagging part from front end and update data with dummy locations.
Somebody from Intel must clarify if the devices sent to us does have a physical GPS that gets from 17 Geo Stationary Sats or is it a "Fun Location".
No point telling a driver that he has a hotel in 200 mtr when he is actually heading towards narrow river bridge 200 m ahead. Let us hear from Intel guys.
|You're right right -- either
- it doesn't have GPS
- it doesn't have a Location Services GPS driver
- it doesn't have an antenna
Whereas I was able to get a reading with Accuracy == 100, when I turned WiFi off, it changed to no reading at all, which makes sense since it has no IP address and no WiFi signals to triangulate.
- Accuracy == 1000m == code for reverse IP geolocation
- Accuracy == 100m == code for WiFi Geolocation (makes sense, 802.11x is spec'd at 100m)
- Accuracy < 100m == GPS Geolocation
- It also does not expose the GPS as a virtual COM port, like my Microsoft GPS-500 does.
- When I plug in my USB GPS, Location Services does not make use of it
|I have just submitted a cry for help on the Intel developer community.
Maybe there is someone there WHO knows about the GPS and why it´s not functional.
Anyone who has success with getting REAL GPS data?
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