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Intel® App Innovation Contest 2013

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Submit your best Windows* 8 Desktop App ideas. 125 finalists will receive a Lenovo® ThinkPad Tablet or Lenovo Horizon 27" All-In-One to help code their idea into a demo app for a shot at over $100,000 in cash prizes.


Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone that participated in the Intel App Innovation Contest 2013! The official Intel announcement with the full list of winners can be found here. The CodeProject contestants that claimed 6 out of 9 possible prizes and helped secure our spot as the top developer community are listed below:

What is the challenge?

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Compete against fellow CodeProject members in Round 1 by submitting your biggest, best and brightest Windows 8 Desktop App ideas in one of six categories: Entertainment or Games (for the All-in-One platform) or Education, Healthcare, Finance, or Retail (for the tablet platform).

CodeProject will send up to 125 finalists to Round 2 with a new Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2® or a Lenovo Horizon 27" All-In-One® PC to complete their demo app and go up against finalists from CodeProject and other developer communities in India, China and Russia.

Intel and industry judges will take over in Round 2 and choose the top five apps from each of the six categories to move onto the final judging round of video demos where $100,000 in cash prizes and promotions will be awarded.

What is the reward?

  • $2,500 worth of Early Bird prizes for CodeProject entries in both Round 1 and Round 2 of the contest ($5,000 total)

  • Six App Category Grand Prizes of $10,000 cash each and promotional prizes for the top app from each category (Entertainment, Games, Healthcare, Education, Finance, Retail)

  • Two Platform Grand Prizes of $10,000 cash each and promotional prizes for the top app from the two form factor platforms (AIO and Tablet)

  • One Overall Grand Prize of $20,000 cash and promotional prizes for the overall top app

How do I enter?

Round 1 – App Idea Submission (July 24 – September 4)

Thank you for submitting your app ideas. Round 1 is now closed.

Round 2 - Demo App Submission (October 2 - November 13)

(October 2 – November 6 for Early Bird Entries. November 7 - 13 for Non-Early Bird Entries)

Click here[^] to access the Demo App Submission page. Please ensure you understand all of the Demo App Submission Requirements as outlined below and in the sidebar to the right.

It’s time to turn your big idea into big code. Use your new Lenovo dev machine to code, test, tweak, debug, and optimize your demo app for submission to Intel and industry judges. Remember, these are Windows 8 desktop mode applications, not Windows Store/Modern/Metro apps. See question #5 of the FAQ for more information on this distinction.

It is important to understand that there are two distinct submission windows during which you may upload your Demo App in Round 2. The first window is between October 2 and November 6th at 11:59 p.m. GMT and is for contestants that want to participate in the Early Bird Mini-Contest. The second window is between November 7 and November 13th at 11:59 p.m. GMT and is for contestants that do not want to participate in the Early Bird Mini-Contest.

If you submit your Demo App between October 2 and November 6 you are automatically entered into the Early Bird Mini-Contest and you may upload/update your submission as many times as you wish between October 2 and the November 6 deadline. However, if you do submit during this window you are not permitted to re-submit an updated version between November 7th and November 13th. No exceptions.

If you decide to not participate in the Early Bird Mini-Contest (i.e. you do not submit a Demo App between October 2 and November 6) you may upload your App Submission once and only once between November 7th and November 13th at 11:59 p.m. GMT. No exceptions.

Round 2 Early Bird Mini-Contest (October 2 - November 6)

Submit your demo app during the first Round 2 app submission window (October 2 - November 6 at 11:59 p.m. GMT) to be eligible for and automatically entered into the Early Bird Mini-Contest. The Top 10 highest scoring apps from CodeProject finalists (based on the Round 2 judging criteria and as judged by Intel/industry judges) will be awarded a $250 cash prize. Eligible finalists may only win one early bird prize.

It is very important to note that if you decide to enter the Early Bird Mini-Contest you may upload/update your submission as many times as you wish between October 2 and the November 6 deadline. However, if you do submit during this window you are not permitted to re-submit an updated version between November 7th and November 13th.

Round 3 – New Video Submission (December 5 – December 12)

Final round, we promise. So that the Intel and industry judges can fairly evaluate the entries submitted from different parts of the world, the developers submitting the top five demo apps in each of the six contest categories will be asked to submit a five minute video (you can use the same video submitted in Round 2 or you can update it and create a new one). The new video should clearly present the features and innovative uses of the demo app and needs to be in English. The final video demo will be judged using the same criteria as in Round 2, and the points awarded for the final video demo will be added to the total developer Round 2 score in determining the contest winners. Please see question #21 of the FAQ for more information.

30 final apps announced on December 5 (11:59 p.m. GMT). 30 Final English Video Demos due by December 12 (11:59 p.m. GMT).

9 Winners to be announced no later than December 31 (11:59 p.m. GMT)

Judging Criteria

Round 2 Apps (to be judged by Intel and industry experts)

  1. How effectively does the Demo Submission demonstrate innovation and a compelling user experience?
  2. How effectively does the Demo Submission demonstrate usage of key technical enabling vectors?
  3. How likely is it that end users will adopt the Demo App for its intended purpose and category?
  4. Does the Demo App perform as expected with robust stability and functionality?

Round 3 New Videos (to be judged by Intel and industry experts)

  • Same criteria and scoring as in Round 2

What sorts of applications are acceptable?

Consumer, SMB, Corporate or Enterprise – we want your best Windows* 8 Desktop app ideas and demo or complete apps for the full spectrum of end users. You can submit almost anything, but ensure your apps showcases the unique capabilities of your chosen form factor. Consider things like:

  • multi-user and multi-touch user interfaces
  • multi-modal interactions based on voice or camera captured body gestures
  • multi-gadget experiences such as using smartphones as game controllers
  • the use of the accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, compass, GPS, touch and gestures
  • use of external stylus and/or detachable form factor of the tablets

Demo apps or finished apps whose user experience has been optimized for the AIO or Tablet are acceptable.


All-In-One Entertainment 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. All in one
  Games 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.
Tablet Education 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. Tablet
  Finance 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.
  Healthcare 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.
  Retail 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.

Quick FAQ

Can anyone enter?

As with any competition of this nature there are some restrictions. Employees of Intel, Lenovo, CodeProject and the other participating partner developer communities cannot enter, and laws in certain jurisdictions also restrict entrants. Please see the Terms and Conditions for a full list.

Only residents of the following 20 countries who are at least eighteen (18) years of age and the age of majority in their country, state, province or territory of residence at the time of entry are eligible to enter: Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Canada (not including 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) .

Yes, it's a shame 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 many (but not all) of you or none at all.

Can you throw me some links on getting started?


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 - snippets, tips, classes, or even full code - the better. Your priority in this competition is to complete the tasks set out for Round 1, Round 2 and Round 3... but if you can post a full article as well, that's perfect!

What if I am not chosen as one of the 125 Round 1 CodeProject finalists that will receive a Tablet or All-In-One? Can I still take part in Round 2?

Unfortunately no. You must be chosen as a Round 1 finalist to be able to compete in Round 2, but we still encourage you to turn your app idea into a reality and start coding. Submit an article to CodeProject to share your code and tell us what you learn!

Can I update any software settings on the loaner devices/development platforms I've received for Round 2?

Judges will be testing apps on development systems with the Windows 8 OS and latest Windows Updates. As such, contestants can/are encouraged to run the latest Windows Updates to update their default device settings and to patch known issues.

Any other application dependencies must be accompanied by detailed step-by-step installation instructions in your ReadMe file and all fully contained within the single ZIP file that you will be uploading by the Round 2 deadline on November 13; however, because of the time constraints related to judging it is recommended to keep additional app dependencies to a minimum and to keep the installation process of your app as simple as possible

Can I upgrade my device to Windows 8.1 when it's available?

No. Judges will not be using Windows 8.1 so it it recommended that you do not upgrade your device to Win 8.1 and that you perform all of your testing and app deployment in Windows 8.

If my application requires certain peripheral equipment (i.e. a printer) or software (i.e. Microsoft Office) to demonstrate its full functionality, how will such features will be tested by judges?

The devices that the judges will use for judging will not have external peripheral equipment or extra software like Microsoft Office. If a contestant's app depends on this then they can include a demonstration of the particular feature within their 5-minute demo video so that the judges can view the feature. It's recommended to have the app prompt end users with a message if the end user's machine does not have the required peripheral and/or software to run the app's full functionality.

What antivirus program is recommended for installation on contest loaner devices?

There is no official recommendation. It is up to the developer’s individual preference.

What is the default .PDF files reader that will be used by judges on the tablet and AIO devices?

Adobe PDF Reader is not installed on either the Lenovo Horizon All-In-One or the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2. For both the All-In-One and tablet, judges will be able to open PDF documents using the Windows 8 default PDF reader application "Windows Reader". Alternatively, on the ThinkPad Tablet 2 contestants may choose to use the Nitro Pro 8 app for PDFs as this comes pre-installed and judges will have access to it as well.

Any other tips or contest best practices I should know about?

Check out this helpful guide:Intel® AIC 2013: Best Practices for Developers in Phase 2

What if I have more questions?

For more Frequently Asked Questions please review the official contest FAQ.

Intel AIC2013 Get-to-Market Interview Series

Round Finalists and Early Bird Winners

Round 1 Finalists (Device Winners)

Retail/Tablet Winners

Finance/Tablet Winners

Healthcare/Tablet Winners

Education/Tablet Winners

Entertainment/All-In-One Winners

Games/All-In-One Winners

*This winning submission was honourably withdrawn by its author and will allow a new CodeProject entrant to advance to Round 2 in its place.

Round 1 Early Bird Entry Winners

Category Prize Winners ($300 Each)

Honourable Mentions ($50 Each)

Round 2 Early Bird Entry Winners

Top 10 Early Bird Entries as Judged by Intel ($250 Each)

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Hey Tim,

Thanks for your great questions. I've confirmed some answers to your questions below...

Tim Corey:

I'm looking forward to starting this competition. Before I do, I've got a few questions. First, the FAQ's say that the 125 devices are on loan. Is this like the last competition where it was a three year lease or is this a loan just for the duration of the contest?
Yes, similar to the last App Innovation Contest, the devices are on loan for a period of three years. Here you can find the Loan Agreement[^] document that you'll need to fill out and sign if you are chosen to receive a device. All the pertinent details of the device loans can be found there.

Tim Corey:
Second, what is the breakdown of the number of devices each that will be awarded? For instance, are you giving away 80 tablets and 45 AIOs or isn't their a set ratio?
There is a set ratio of 75 tablets and 50 AIOs that are being provided to developers to compete in Round 2.

Somewhat related to this point is also the fact that we must send a minimum of 15 Entertainment, 15 Game, 10 Education, 10 Healthcare, 5 Finance, and 5 Retail app ideas on to Round 2 to help ensure an even distribution among the categories... unless of course we don't receive enough worthy app ideas for any of the given categories!

The ideas must still be quality. If, for example, at the end of Round 1 we have only a total of five Finance app ideas (although I know you all will ensure we have lots more than that!) and one of them is really crummy or doesn't score well in judging, we will not send that idea on to Round 2 just to meet the minimum quota. In this case we would only send four Finance entries on to Round 2.

Tim Corey:
Finally, if we enter an idea in one of the four tablet categories and another idea in one of the two AIO categories (I know the idea cannot be the same one entered twice), is it possible to be awarded both a tablet and an AIO. Not trying to be greedy here but I've got a couple ideas and if I can only win one device I want to be sure I win the right one for testing purposes.
Not being greedy at all Tim! We're here to award the best and brightest app ideas and apps. If your ideas rise to the top 125 in Round 1, yes, you can receive both an AIO and tablet. In the final judging round, however, each developer can only win one of the nine prizes. If you have two app entries that make to the very end, your app with the highest score wins.

Kevin Priddle

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