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The Windows 8* & Ultrabook™ App Innovation Contest

Quick FAQ

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 of winning.

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.

Round 2 submissions to the Intel AppUp store can be made November 1 - November 21, 2012.          Register

Please consult this FAQ for important information on the submission process

The first 50 approved AppUp submissions!

Congratulations to the following contestants who were the first to get their apps in the AppUp store. Congratulations!

Yani Ioannou David Carr Laurie Hedge Sarmaghi
Aaron McGrath Doug Mair Mike Capobianco Scott Trewin
Abhishek Nandy  Erik Putrycz Muhammad Shareef Sean Regan
Akshay Singh Febin John James Nilesh Dungarwal  Sébastien Lachance
Alexander Bell Florian Rappl Nirmit Kavaiya Simon Stevens
Amit Gajjar George Christopher Oliver Grahl Stephan Guenther
Anup Kumar Haresh Dave  Pratik Kothari Steve Vink
Bryan Brown Ivan Petrovic Ranjan Dailata  Suresh
Christoffer Jäll James Fitzgerald  Richard Vanner Tianyu Xie 
Claude Garrett Jovian Roshan D Timothy Corey
Cliff Mellangard Kishore Gaddam Rupam Das Vijay
Dan Funnell Kloverpoint Technologies Inc. Zubair Lawrence
David Auld Kurosh F. Sarah

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 cash prizes
  • The final winner gets the $20,000 grand prize
  • Every single entrant also goes in the fast lane for the app approval process.

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 do.

Judging will be divided into 7 categories, with each category winner being awarded a $10,000 prize.

Windows 8 ("desktop") apps

  • Gaming
  • Entertainment
  • Productivity
  • Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Education

Windows 8 Store ("metro") apps

  • Total Innovation (i.e. show off what an Ultrabook can do no matter what category)

How do I enter?

First, Register! 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 contest@codeproject.com

All Round 2 contestants should read the App 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, 2012

FAQ

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?

Sure

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 Terms 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.

Do I have to write a full article with source code?

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 submission guidelines 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 perfect.

How do I get a code signing certificate for my AppUp store entry?

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".

I received an Ultrabook and it's asking me for a Win8 key. Help?

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



 
QuestionAge Restrictions PinmemberGeekForChrist13-Oct-12 3:36 
AnswerRe: Age Restrictions Pinmemberrgawdzik13-Oct-12 5:53 
QuestionRe: Age Restrictions PinmemberGeekForChrist13-Oct-12 5:54 
AnswerRe: Age Restrictions Pinmemberrgawdzik13-Oct-12 5:55 
GeneralRe: Age Restrictions PinmemberGeekForChrist13-Oct-12 5:56 
AnswerRe: Age Restrictions PinadminChris Maunder13-Oct-12 16:53 
GeneralRe: Age Restrictions PinmemberGeekForChrist14-Oct-12 6:32 
GeneralIssue regarding the certificate PinmemberFlorian Rappl12-Oct-12 12:36 
So I did everything necessary to get the certificate - went to my Intel Dev account, clicked the right links; used IE 9 with de-activated safety options (WHO THE HECK DID DESIGN THIS THING? ALL THOSE PEOPLE SHOULD GET FIRED!) - yes "creating trust online"... - and waited for the confirmation.
 
Then I received an e-Mail like this:
 
Dear Customer,
 
Thank you for your recent order.
 
We have begun validating your information so that we can issue your order. The following is the account information you submitted:
 
Company: (My full name - I did check "private person")
Domain Name: (domain of my E-Mail provider)
Address 1: (My street)
Address 2: 
Address 3: 
City: (My city)
State: (My state)
Postal Code:(My postal code)
Country: Germany
 
Although we have begun processing your order, we have been unable to complete validation for the following reasons:
 
Please provide us with the following documentation so we may complete your validation:
 
  A. Copy of a valid driver's license or passport of the domain name registrant
  B. Copy of a recent phone bill of the domain name registrant
  C. Copy of a recent major utility bill (i.e. power bill, water bill, etc.) or bank statement of the domain name registrant
 
*Note:Recent=dated within the last 6 months
 

 
We have been unable to verify through a third party the phone number provided on your SSL order.
 
To resolve this issue please register your company with Dunn and Bradstreet and make sure your phone number is included in your DUNS information.
 
So I replied with my a copy of my passport attached. I wrote them that I will not sent B and C, since I do not see any benefit of providing this information. Why should that make my certification valid? Where does this information help to validate myself? I am obviously I real living human being, working and being highly activate across several platforms as well as in the science community. I can give a couple of well-known references; which is more likely to be a good validation point than some water bill.
 
However, I received the following reply:
 
Hi Florian Rappl,
 
Thank you for writing to us.
 
We would like to inform you that, We have received your Photo id. But, In order to validate the code signing order for individual totally we required two documents. So, Already we have your Photo Id so we request you to provide us any one more additional document:
 
A. Copy of a recent bank statement (you may blacken out the Account Number)
B. Copy of a recent Land line phone bill.
C. Copy of a recent major utility bill (i.e. power bill, water bill, etc.).
 
And, We need to verify your order information through phone. So we will be contacting you to the telephone number. In order to do that kindly update your name, address and phone number in any one of the following [United states] Online Business directory:
 
http://www.whitepages.com/
http://www.superpages.com/
http://www.yellowbook.com/

Awaiting for your response. 
Kind Regards,
Comodo Validation Team
 
In this reply they didn't answer any of my questions regarding where does informations might be useful. They are also telling me that I should include my data in some US phone book (hello?! I AM FROM GERMANY!). This second one is even more ridiculous than the first e-Mail. There I was especially amazed by the following sentence:
 
"To resolve this issue please register your company with Dunn and Bradstreet and make sure your phone number is included in your DUNS information."
 
I explicitly wrote them what the heck "Dunn and Bradstreet" is? And why should I register "my company" there? I wanted the certificate for a PRIVATE person. I do not want the certificate for a company.
 
Hopefully one of you guys at CodeProject can handle this and point this issue out to Intel. In my opinion Comodo seems like the worst partner one can imagine for such a process. There are much better certification companies, which handle their stuff with more care and offer better webpages, services and smoother customer contact.
 
Thanks for your help!
 
Florian
GeneralRe: Issue regarding the certificate; RE: DUNS number PinmemberDrABELL12-Oct-12 16:30 
GeneralRe: Issue regarding the certificate; RE: DUNS number PinmemberFlorian Rappl12-Oct-12 21:49 
GeneralRe: Issue regarding the certificate; RE: DUNS number PinmemberDrABELL13-Oct-12 2:27 
GeneralRe: Issue regarding the certificate; RE: DUNS number PinmemberFlorian Rappl13-Oct-12 2:46 
GeneralRe: Issue regarding the certificate; RE: DUNS number PinmemberDrABELL13-Oct-12 2:57 
GeneralRe: Issue regarding the certificate; RE: DUNS number PinmemberFlorian Rappl13-Oct-12 8:05 
GeneralRe: Issue regarding the certificate; RE: DUNS number PinmemberDrABELL13-Oct-12 8:06 
GeneralRe: Issue regarding the certificate; RE: DUNS number Pinmemberamar kona15-Oct-12 19:08 
GeneralTip for all trying to get a certificate from Comodo through Intel Developer Zone [modified] PinmemberCornelius Henning11-Oct-12 21:39 
GeneralNo email from Intel for certificate. PinmemberRahul Vijay Manekari11-Oct-12 17:38 
GeneralRe: No email from Intel for certificate. PinmemberRanjan.D11-Oct-12 19:11 
GeneralRe: No email from Intel for certificate. PinmemberRahul Vijay Manekari11-Oct-12 19:45 
GeneralRe: No email from Intel for certificate. PinmemberRanjan.D11-Oct-12 19:57 
GeneralDo we need to pay in order to get code signing certificate from a Certificate Authority Pinmembersunder.tinwar11-Oct-12 1:52 
GeneralRe: Do we need to pay in order to get code signing certificate from a Certificate Authority PinmemberArchieCoder11-Oct-12 3:11 
GeneralRe: Do we need to pay in order to get code signing certificate from a Certificate Authority Pinmembersunder.tinwar11-Oct-12 18:53 
GeneralRe: Do we need to pay in order to get code signing certificate from a Certificate Authority Pinmemberamar kona15-Oct-12 19:15 

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