Welcome to the third Ubuntu App Showdown, an open contest to develop new Ubuntu applications from startup to deployment in just six weeks! This time we’ll have a strong focus on HTML5 technologies and Chinese culture, with exciting prizes in multiple categories.
The contest will run from Wednesday, February 26th to Wednesday, April 9th 2014 (23:59 UTC). Contestants will build or port apps using the Ubuntu SDK and we will choose five winners.
- Ported: apps ported from another platform, regardless of the technology used
- Chinese apps: apps in this category will have to be original and specific to China and the Chinese culture. They will be judged by two native experts in our jury.
We will use the following definition of original and ported apps:
- Original apps: those that are created for Ubuntu, without any existing code or implementation for other platforms. These must be started on or after the beginning of the App Showdown itself. Existing libraries or borrowing existing code is permitted, as long as it doesn’t make up a significant portion of the app’s functionality.
- Ported apps: those that already exist for another platform. These apps can re-use any amount of existing code or resources from those other platform implementations, but any work to port it to Ubuntu can only happen on or after the start of the App Showdown itself.
For prizes this year, appropriately, we will be giving away tablets and phones! There will be three Nexus 7 tablets up for grabs running Ubuntu, and two Meizu handsets.
The prizes will be awarded according to each category:
- QML, HTML5, Ported: the authors of the top app in the categories QML, HTML5 or Ported apps can each win a Nexus 7 (2013), with Ubuntu and your application pre-installed.
- Chinese apps: the two top apps in the China category can win a phone by Meizu.
The panel of judges will be a diverse mix of Canonical and Community, each bringing their own unique perspective:
- Jono Bacon, Ubuntu Community Manager
- Adnane Belmadiaf, Ubuntu HTML5 expert
- Lucas Romero di Benedetto, Ubuntu Community Design Team
- Nekhelesh Ramananthan, Ubuntu Core App Developer
- Joey-Elijah Sneddon, OMG!Ubuntu editor
The judges for the Chinese apps are:
- Shuduo Sang，Software Engineer in Canonical PES
- Joey Chan，Ubuntu Core Apps Developer
- Jack Yu，Ubuntu Kylin Lead/Ubuntu Member
The jury will judge applications according to the following criteria:
- General Interest – apps that are of more interest to general phone users will be scored higher. We recommend identifying what most phone users want to see, and identifying gaps that your app could fill.
- Convergence – apps that have a convergent layout that expands to dedicated tablet mode or optionally run well on the desktop will also be scored higher.
- Features – a wide range of useful and interesting features.
- Quality – a high quality, stable, and bug-free application experience.
- Design – your app should harness the Ubuntu Design Guidelines so it looks, feels, and operates like an Ubuntu app.
- Awareness / Promotion – we will award extra points to those of you who blog, tweet, facebook, Google+, reddit, and otherwise share updates and information about your app as it progress.
- Chinese culture – apps optionally submitted in the China category will be reviewed with the same criteria above, plus their relevance to Chinese users of the app. This can be by providing access to Chinese services, being related to Chinese culture or being generally useful to somebody in the People’s Republic of China.
The judges will independently score each app and their scores will be combined to determine the overall winners.
It is permissible to use third party libraries in app submissions, but the app will be judged solely on the code that is unique to that app. If the majority of the app’s features are from third party code, it will not score well.
Additional points will be awarded for convergence apps that can adapt for use on tablets or the desktop. Additional points will also be awarded for use of Ubuntu platform services such as Online Accounts, Friends, and U1DB.
Spread the word
Keep everyone updated by blogging about your app’s progress and post the blog entry link on Twitter with the #ubuntuappshowdown hash tag.
Be sure to send your blog entries to the UbuntuAppShowdown reddit or as a mention to @ubuntuappdev – the judges like to see your progress!
And remember to stay up to date about the latest Ubuntu App Showdown news on the app developer channels::
- If you need help developing your application, we’ve got a rich set of resources full of technical documentation and tutorials ›
- Ask any other questions on Askubuntu ›
- Get live, real-time support from other app developers and Ubuntu engineers on Freenode IRC in the #ubuntu-app-devel and #ubuntu-touch channels