The die has been cast. After having sieved through and validated the huge number of submissions for the Ubuntu App Showdown, we’re announcing the list of app candidates which will compete for the prizes.

Nearly 150 applications were submitted for the contest, of which 132 were qualified and made it to the final list the judges will be voting on. If your app did not qualify, you either were contacted by the Ubuntu App Review Board or will soon will, as their technical review is happening concurrently with the voting process.

Judges will now have a full week to review and rate each one of these applications, after which winners will be announced on the week of the 23rd July very soon.

Next, and once all contest apps have landed in the Software Centre, the start of the public voting period for the additional Community Prize will be announced, giving participants the opportunity to win even more prizes.

Show me the showdown contestants!

So alea iacta est! Good luck to all of you!

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  • nice!!

  • Alberto P.

    Good Ubuntu!

  • Guest

    it’s alea iacta est (Latin doesn’t have a ‘j’) ;)

    • Dalpi Vand

      that’s only for classical latin

  • Piotr Zagawa

    Great! And don’t forget. I NEED that laptop :D

    • ??????? ?????????????

      which is your application?

      • Piotr Zagawa

        MyAgenda. I think it could be the only app written in C++. Sad times.

  • ??????? ?????????????

    Good luck to all participants!
    I am the developer of Manga Reader and i want to inform you that i found a serious problem that causes a lot of chapters not to load, after the contest a lot of code will rewritten to fix the problem!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Faur-Ioan-Aurel/100001314424022 Faur Ioan-Aurel

    All right,let the show begin!Checkout Slidewall and put up some good “votes” for me too!

  • ??????? ???????

    I don’t want laptop, but Nokia N9 is my dream :) I hope MirrorCam will take something :)

    • Piotr Zagawa

      ok, I’ll give you my address to send back laptop to me in case you win :D

      • ??????? ???????

        :-D

        • ??????? ?????????????

          Whats your app?

          • ??????? ???????

            MirrorCam :)

      • ??????? ???????

        Are you sure that my app can win something excepts T-shirt? Have you seen it?

  • Alexis Mejias

    is is possible to download any of these apps? the ‘Buy’ button doesnt seem to be working for me and the software center doesnt have them

    • Piotr Zagawa

      I think so. For example, open MyAgenda application “overview” page: https://myapps.developer.ubuntu.com/dev/apps/1211/ Scroll down to section “website”, you will find there a homepage or archive link: https://launchpad.net/~piotr-zagawa/+archive/ma2 Go there. Click “View package details” if you want to download debian package ready to install, or under section “Adding this PPA to system” you will find source of these files: ppa:piotr-zagawa/ma2 You can add this to software center or by console typing these lines: “sudo add-apt-repository ppa:piotr-zagawa/ma2″, “sudo apt-get update”, “sudo apt-get install myagenda”. This way you can test other apps.

    • Jasper van den Bosch

      Alexis, these are only mockups of how the apps will look once they are accepted to the Software Center. You can download them now by looking for a ‘PPA’ link, i.e.https://launchpad.net/~ilogue/+archive/houstonfor Houston,and follow the instructions over there. In any case these apps should be in the Software Center in a couple of weeks.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jplebreton Jean-Paul LeBreton

    Two bits of feedback about how these are being presented:

    1) Make each screenshot image a clickable link that brings up the full size image. Users shouldn’t have to right-click “View Image”.
    2) On the page with the big list, include the brief summary of the app and possibly its screenshot. Users shouldn’t have to click on the link to have a vague idea of what it is.

    • http://davidplanella.wordpress.com David Planella

      Thanks for the suggestions, @google-1e35100c2ad64263e5a3345d22a202db:disqus . While I think they’re good ideas, as currently this information cannot be pulled automatically, it is quite a lot of manual work for too little benefit.

      That said, that page is open for anyone to improve, so if you or someone else would like to make it better with screenshots and summary, just get in touch with me and to join the site editors team.

      • http://profiles.google.com/jplebreton Jean-Paul LeBreton

        Ah, thank you, that’s good to know!

  • y2b4u3d

    OKthis kinda of notquestionabout the contest but why this blog have no RSS?!

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  • http://twitter.com/mlux82 marian lux

    Someone has changed my “Ubuntu-App-Showdown-Participation-Details.txt” – File. I added this as comment in the feedback section of my app onhttps://myapps.developer.ubuntu.com/dev/apps/1172/feedback/. For my appapp#38 “Interest Calculation”, there is the participation-details-file for the app#122. I don’t know why this could happen and I hope for some response and correction!

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  • Piotr Zagawa

    My application has still “pending review” status, and some other apps are in review status for a long time. I understand, that there are many apps.

    However. It’s 19th of July and we are close to the end of review week. Maybe I’m wrong, but if some apps are under strong rewiew process and others even does not entered review state, these applications ratings could be incomplete.

    • Piotr Zagawa

      all clear now. Another iteration and another week delay. Thanks to Canonical and their lack of organization.

      • http://davidplanella.wordpress.com David Planella

        Piotr,

        First of all, I’d like to ask you to be respectful when communicating with others in the Ubuntu circles (and in general), so to correspond to the same level of respect others are showing to you and to have a civilized conversation.

        This having been cleared up, being an organizer I can assure you that the contest was very carefully planned and organized. What we did not expect was the level of success: 150 apps submitted (!), which was awesome, but it posed some challenges in terms of the scale of the contest.

        From a perspective of a judge who’s looked at each and every app, I can tell you that installing, running, reviewing and rating the apps takes a considerable amount of time, especially if you want to do a good job and correspond the awesome work developers have done with their apps. Assuming it takes 15-20 minutes to review an app, and given that we’ve got 133 in the list, you can see it can take several days to finish the review by the judges. Add up to that the facts that:

        - Some of the judges are volunteers, who kindly spent time doing the reviews, managing their spare time to allocate the hours to do the judging
        - Even employees such as myself also used spare time to finish judging
        - We did not generally do the judging in one block, but rather allocated time when available
        - We’re in summer which means vacation time. I myself was away last week.
        - In many cases before we could judge the application was not running or not running properly: the ARB worked with developers to get them running, which also takes a considerable amount of time.

        We could have just drawn a line and plain disqualify any application that would have not worked flawlessly on the deadline. But because it was the first time we’ve run a contest of this kind, and because we appreciate the huge effort and passion app developers have put in their submissions, we’ve been flexible in helping everyone get their apps in and have a chance to win the contest.

        I hope this also clarifies the hard work that has been happening behind the scenes too and thanks for your understanding!

        • Piotr Zagawa

          Thanks for your reply.

          David, I’m not questioning your hard work, I was just a little frustrated, that your company has not directed more human resources to help you all.

          Anyway, thanks for information, I’m glad that things are going forward.

          • mrspacklecrisp

            It’s a free-to-enter contest with fantastic prizes, including ones just for entering, with volunteer reviewers and a company that regularly manages and updates a free operating system. You can afford to be patient.

    • http://davidplanella.wordpress.com David Planella

      Hi Piotr,

      As mentioned in the announcement [1], technical review started happening in parallel with the voting, so even if your app has not been reviewed by the Ubuntu App Review Board (ARB), if it was listed here [2], it got reviewed and voted by the judges.

      Note that the technical reviews by the ARB are done by volunteers who are kindly committing their spare time to review your apps, so if you’d like to contribute speeding up the rate at which apps are reviewed, feel free to contact and help them [3]

      [1] http://developer.ubuntu.com/2012/07/ubuntu-app-showdown-let-the-voting-begin/
      [2] http://developer.ubuntu.com/showdown/apps/
      [3] http://developer.ubuntu.com/2012/07/the-ubuntu-app-showdown-review-is-in-full-swing/

  • ??????? ???????

    So, today is 23th of July. When will we see winners?

  • ??????? ???????

    So, today is 30th of July. Where the winners?

  • http://davidplanella.wordpress.com David Planella

    Hi Piotr,

    As mentioned in the announcement [1], technical review started happening in parallel with the voting, so even if your app has not been reviewed by the Ubuntu App Review Board (ARB), if it was listed here [2], it got reviewed and voted by the judges.

    Note that the technical reviews by the ARB are done by volunteers who are kindly committing their spare time to review your apps, so if you’d like to contribute speeding up the rate at which apps are reviewed, feel free to contact and help them [3]

    [1] http://developer.ubuntu.com/2012/07/ubuntu-app-showdown-let-the-voting-begin/
    [2] http://developer.ubuntu.com/showdown/apps/
    [3] http://developer.ubuntu.com/2012/07/the-ubuntu-app-showdown-review-is-in-full-swing/