If you are willing to build creative and innovative Windows 8 apps, Qualcomm is willing to give you money.

In a new contest on their developer site, Qualcomm are paying $200,000 to five winners in prizes and marketing support for the development of exceptional Windows 8 applications.

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Categories and Criteria

One winner will be chosen for each of the below categories. Developers must adhere to Microsoft’s Metro-style principles and Microsoft app certification requirements. Applications must be self-contained and can be a fully developed application or a working prototype.

  1. Best Overall App – $100,000 PrizeJudging Criteria:
    • Highest scoring app overall
  1. Best Connectivity Use Case – $20,000 PrizeJudging Criteria:
    • Unique use of an always-on, always-connected solution
    • Ease of access
    • Incorporation of roaming user profiles
  1. Best Gaming App – $20,000 PrizeJudging Criteria:
    • Originality of game concept
    • Fun to play and addictive (player wants to keep playing)
  1. Best Produtivity App – $20,000 PrizeJudging Criteria:
    • Efficient streamlining of process or task
    • Performs a single task in a new or interesting way or creates a natural mashup of tasks
  1. Best Use of AllJoyn – $40,000 Prize
    Note: 
    The AllJoyn for Windows 8 Beta SDK will be available July 18, 2012.Judging Criteria:
    • Most innovative use of AllJoyn (proximity-based peer-to-peer)

Registration is open from June 27 to October 1, 2012.

The judging will take place from October 2nd through 15th and the winner will be announced on October 18th, 2012.

You can read more details about the competition here

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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