Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to guide developers through learning to code their first Android application.
Throughout four rounds of competition, a series of twelve article outlines/topics - each focusing on a different aspect of Android development - will be released here on the contest page. Compete with fellow CodeProject members for prizes and glory by writing and submitting your best articles for each of the twelve topics.
Judges will select their favourites (one from each topic) to win and be included in a CodeProject "Beginner's Guide to Developing Android". Once completed, the 12-part tutorial series will help guide developers with little or no previous knowledge through the process of developing an Android app from scratch.
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At the end of the contest one lucky winner will take home a cash prize of $2000 (USD) for their outstanding contributions to the challenge and guiding beginner Android developers.
At the end of the contest two lucky winners will each take home a cash prize of $750 (USD) for their outstanding contributions to the challenge and guiding beginner Android developers.
The authors of the 12 winning articles will each take home a cash prize of $500 (USD).
The winning authors of articles 10, 11 and 12 wil each take home a Dell Venue 8 Tablet in addition to the regular $500 prize in this final round.
We've also added a Bonus Wild Card category (details below) where you can submit a tutorial on any Android topic you wish, as long as it builds upon the foundation of the first 12 articles in this series and is appropriate for beginners. The top 12 Wild Card Tutorials will each take home a Dell Venue 8 Tablet (pending availability).*
The challenge consists of a series of four rounds that each span a three-week period. At the beginning of each round, three article topics/outlines will be published on this page. Contestants have until the round deadline to write and submit as many of that round's articles as they wish.
The number of articles you write in a given round is completely up to you: one, two or three - the choice is yours. Prizes will be awarded to the best articles in each of the 12 different topics.
Congrats to all winners and thank you to everyone that participated in the challenge!
Grand Prize Winner: Ranjan.D
We're upping the ante this round: the winning authors of articles 10, 11 and 12 wil each take home a Dell Venue 8 Tablet in addition to the regular $500 prize!
Is there a topic we missed? Let us know what tutorial YOU think should be included in a Beginner's Guide to Android Development and write a beginner's tutorial or "how-to" article on any Android topic that builds upon the foundation set by the 12 articles in the series and is appropriate for beginners.
The authors of the top 12 Wild Card tutorials will each take home an Intel-power Dell Venue 8 (16 GB) tablet!*
*(Tablets will be awarded pending availability in a winner's country. Alternative prizes may be issued where devices are not available. Approximate Retail Value of Dell Venue 8 (16GB) tablet is $199 USD.)
At the end of each round, CodeProject judges will choose their favourite article from each of the three topics released in that round, to be included in the final CodeProject Beginner's Guide to Android and to win one of the twelve Article Prizes. At the end of the contest, one author will be selected to win Grand Prize and two authors will be selected to win the Runner Up Prizes for their dedication and outstanding contributions to the contest and overall Beginner's Guide to Android tutorial series.
Prizes will be awarded based on how closely an entry adheres to the conditions of entry, including
1. Do I have to write all three articles in each round?
No you only have to submit at least one of the three articles outlined in any given round to compete for an Article Prize. Think of each of the twelve articles as its own mini-competition (three in each round). We certainly encourage you to try and submit two or all three of the articles in a round, but if you prefer to focus on a single article topic in each round then you may do so.
2. Can I submit an article after its round deadline has passed?
Yes. Finishing and submitting an article you missed in an earlier round can help increase your chances of winning the Grand Prize or Runner Up Prizes, but it won't be considered for one of the twelve $500 Article Prizes.
3. Do I have to follow the topic descriptions exactly?
No… but you shouldn’t stray too far either. If you feel the need to go into more detail on something we missed then by all means include it. Just remember to keep on track with the main focus of the outlined topics and explain them in the clearest and most pertinent manner possible as this is a factor in judging.
4. Can I link to outside resources and other websites in my article?
Yes, but you should avoid it where possible. There are many resources out there that cover beginner Android topics in great detail, and while it may be tempting to simply link to these, the strongest articles and tutorials will explain the necessary technical information within the article itself.
It’s best practice to avoid linking en masse to outside resources. Remember, we're trying to build a complete beginner's guide to Android on CodeProject - not a table of contents that links to different places all over the web.
5. What if I have more questions?
If you have more questions feel free to ask in the forum below or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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