A few weeks ago we told you about XDA partnering with Pebble for a developer challenge, and the response was amazing. We had almost 100 entrants with many different ideas and the judging on the part of Pebble and XDA was very difficult. That being said, we were able to pick 20 Round 1 winners and they are in the process of being contacted so that Pebble can send them their devices. If you were someone who entered, please check your XDA PM Inbox for a notification. As soon as they are all contacted we’ll announce them and then they will be creating their projects in the Pebble forum.
The next steps in the challenge are as follows:
Round 2 (August 15 – September 12, 2014):
Grand prize and Popular Choice award winners will be announced on September 12th, 2014.
Can you #MakeAwesomeHappen? Your app idea could win a Pebble and a trip to our 2nd Annual Developer Retreat in Mountain View, CA!
For those who haven’t kept up with the wearables market over the last year or so, you may not be aware of Pebble. Pebble is the smartwatch that 68,000+ people brought to life, crowdfunding a record $10.3MM on Kickstarter, and put wearable technology on the map. With a vibrant developer community and thriving ecosystem, Pebble is the platform for the best and brightest wearable apps. Pebble SDK 2 invites developers to build unique, delightful, and practical apps that push the boundaries of what smartwatches can do.
The XDA – Pebble Developer Challenge is a 3-week competition – your opportunity to pitch your proposal for the best Pebble app and bring it to life with a Pebble of your own. We’ll be awarding Pebbles to the 20 best app proposals in order to give even first time developers a chance to work on our platform. Of the 20 proposals that we select, the best 3 Pebble apps created will be invited to attend the 2014 Pebble Developer Retreat in October and we’ll give them each a Pebble Steel.
Here’s how the competition is going to go:
Round 1 (July 21 – August 15, 2014):
Round 2 (August 15 – September 12, 2014):
Grand prize and Popular Choice award winners will be announced on September 12th, 2014.
App Idea Finalists (20)- Pebble Smartwatch
Grand Prize Winners (3)
-Pebble Steel Smartwatch
-Pebble Developer Retreat 2014 invitation with all expenses paid
- Challenge Idea Submission Period: July 21, 2014 (10:00am Pacific Time) – August 1, 2014 (5:00pm Pacific Time)
- Idea Selection Period: August 4, 2014 (10:00am Pacific Time) – August 7, 2014 (5:00pm Pacific Time)
- Idea Selection will be done by Pebble and XDA.
- Pebble Shipment Date: August 8, 2014
- Challenge Development Period: August 15, 2014 (10:00am Pacific Time) – September 5, 2014 (5:00pm Pacific Time)
- App Submission Date: on or before September 5, 2014 (5:00pm Pacific Time)
- Finalist Voting Period: September 8, 2014 (10:00am Pacific Time) – September 12, 2014 (1:00pm Pacific Time)
- Public Finalist Voting will take place on the XDA Website and will be open only to registered XDA users.
- XDA will choose 1 grand finalist winner and Pebble will choose 1 grand finalist winner.
- All Winners Announced: On or around September 12, 2014 (2:00pm Pacific Time)
The kind folks behind the powerful media player Poweramp are no strangers to showing some serious kindness to the XDA community. For those who don’t remember, last Thanksgiving, they so generously donated two Nexus 7 tablets to a couple of lucky contest winners.
Now, the team wishes to spread some Holiday cheer by donating 25 free copies of their namesake media player. But rather than having a simple giveaway to the first responders, we figured that we’d have a little fun with a contest. After all, we have to make you work for it. To do this, we want you to tell us your most hilarious tech story. The winners will then be selected by your fellow community members.
Entering the contest is extremely simple. Simply leave a comment describing your funniest tech-related story between now and midnight Christmas morning (Eastern US time). In other words, entries will be accepted from now until 36 hours from now. Entries can be about anything tech-related, be it a funny ROM flashing story or how you went to class with nothing on other than your Google Glass to anything in between.
The 25 comments with the highest numbers of up-votes will win. Judging will take place 12 hours later, so it’s in your best interest to comment early and ask your friends to vote up your response!
Please note that to prevent abuse, this contest is only open XDA forum members with accounts at least one month old. And of course, only one entry per person.
If you have been living under a rock, XDA has been running an amazing contest the past two weeks involving the latest tablet to hit the market, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. After almost 100 entries, the judges were able to narrow it down to the following 10 winners (in no particular order) along with a brief description of their winning entry:
1. lilstevie – LittleKernel development to allow separate boot and recovery kernels
2. zacthespack - native port of, and custom ROM for, LinuxonAndroid
3. Apache14 - open source IR blaster
4. bluefa1con - bringing official PACman ROM to the Tablet Z
5. mamenyaka - Ubuntu Touch port to the Tablet Z
6. rayman - functional multiboot of different android variants as well as booting third party linux distributions
7. rydo88 - ‘smart environment’ setup utilizing NFC tags and Sony’s entertainment packages with the Tablet Z
8. sagarmane4u - education based solutions for studying and exam prep
9. sailnw - boat management application for cruisers and sailors
10. anthonycr - open source Lightning Browser development for 10″ tablets
We really thank everyone for submitting ideas, and only wish that we had more to give away. Be sure to look for these projects to start appearing in the Sony Xperia Tablet Z Original Android Development forum, and check back over the next few weeks to see articles featuring these winners and their projects. Also we’ll let you know when it’s time to start voting on the Grand Prize winner of the Sony NEX-6 camera.
XDA:DevCon 2013 is shaping up to be a great experience. We have some of the biggest names in application security, NFC, UI/UX development, and root applications on tap to speak, as well as companies like Sony Mobile, Ubuntu and StartApp slated to speak about development and technology.
Seeing as this is about helping people grow in their development skills, we would love to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to attend. So fill out this form telling us about yourself and why you want to attend DevCon. We will pick 10 lucky winners from the entrants and they will receive 2 nights hotel stay at the event in Miami and free food while there. All we ask is that you be able to pay for your travel arrangements to Miami, FL August 9-11.
The contest closes on Saturday, June 22, so make sure you get out there and submit your entry!
Everyone loves a good competition; there’s no denying it. Generally, we don’t just give away devices for the sake of giving them away. Sure it drives traffic, but that traffic usually ends up going away until the next giveaway. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. We would rather showcase the amazing work done by the developers on XDA and let that drive traffic than to try and drive traffic by giveaway. However, when given an opportunity to give away something that promotes development, we are all in. This is just such an example.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is the latest tablet out in the marketplace, and it’s one of the top ones right out of the gate. With a 10.1″ Full HD Reality Display, 1.5 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, NFC, IR-blaster, 8.1 MP rear-facing and 2.2 MP front-facing HD cameras, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB storage in a water resistant and dustproof case coming in at 6.9 mm and under 500 grams, this tablet is powerful and beautiful.
XDA is pleased to announce that we have 10 of these tablets to give away, but not in the normal way. For this contest we’re going to do things a bit differently. Here’s how this is going to work:
A few Terms & Conditions for the contest:
So don’t wait, get out there and come up with some truly great ideas!
April 25, 2013 By: jerdog
February 27, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
XDA Developer TV, our YouTube channel, has seen tremendous growth in the past year. We will be reaching our 100,000th subscriber soon. We decided that the best way to celebrate would be to hold a contest. We will be giving away two Nexus 7 tablets. And, both contests are open to our international followers.
This contest will have two parts. We will give one of the 100,000 subscribers a Nexus 7. So if you are not subscribed, go ahead and jump on over to the XDA Developer TV channel page and subscribe. This part of the contest will be open until the 100,000 subscriber milestone is reached.
Fear not current subscribers, we would not be here without your support! So to win the second Nexus 7 all you have to do is share your favorite XDA Developer TV video on your social networks. If you share it on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook on the same day, that counts as three entries. You are eligible for one entry per Social Network per day, so enter daily. Make sure to mention us in the post, or we won’t see your entry and it will not be included. At the conclusion of the contest period we will randomly select an entry. This part of the contest will be open until 11:59PM GMT Friday, March 15th 2013. The winner will be announced on March 18th’s News Recap with Jordan. READ ON »
It is the thirty seventh day of 2013, which makes it “1337” day. Who on XDA is more “1337” than XDA’s Elite Recognized Developers? These talented individuals have given the community so many wonderful developments to help improve our Android lives. XDA Eliter Recognized Developer and XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler takes time to recognize the numerous achievements from this talented bunch.
In the spirit of giving and sharing, AdamOutler announces a contest to give away several XDA CruzerLite cases and XDA NFC Keychains for those who missed their chance to get one at the Big Android BBQ last year. Check out the video to find out how you can win one of CruzerLite’s great XDA cases. We’d like to give a big thanks to CruzerLite for their excellent XDA Cases.
CONTEST WILL END February 13 at 11:59PM EST
January 24, 2013 By: jerdog
noun \ˈkrau̇d-ˌsȯr-siŋ\ : the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers
At XDA, you could say we specialize in crowdsourcing. You could even say that we had it perfected before it became hip. Our developers routinely participate in Open Source projects, which epitomize the very definition of crowdsourcing. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that we are seeking your input into something carrying the XDA-Developers brand.
Thanks to CruzerLite, XDA has been selling some great t-shirts and cases at phenomenal prices. In fact, things are going so well that we’ve decided to crowdsource the logo design for the next set of cases and shirts. So here is the deal:
Once all entries have been collected, we will begin the process of voting by opening that up to the community as well. XDA reserves the right to pre-screen entries to make sure that all copyright logos, fonts, names, trademarks, and little ponies are removed. The winner will get their design featured on a special, upcoming batch of cases and shirts at CruzerLite. In addition, CruzerLite will throw in a few extra goodies.
Now let your creative juices flow!
June 16, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
You have one week. Put your idea in this thread, then get on your favorite social media service to get people to click that thanks button on your post.
So check out the video to see the prize and then head on over to the contest thread and enter.
We ran a contest last week where we gave away 20 licenses of WakeVoice. Time is now up and we’ve tallied all the entries to pick out those 20 lucky winners; some were handpicked for their creative and amusing comments, the rest was randomly chosen. All winners have gotten PMs with instructions to send Livven the IMEI (MEID for CDMA) code of their Android device, so the developer, ADNFX Mobile, can get them their license for the Android Market.
Here are the winners: READ ON »
December 26, 2011 By: liwen
You’ve all got your Christmas gifts (if you celebrate it), but at least once the holiday season is over, you’ll have to get back to work, and that means getting up early in the morning. Sure, some of you may still have standalone alarm clocks, but many of you are probably using your smartphones to wake up. But instead of the barebones alarm clock included with Android, why not try out a more luxurious version, one that talks to you?
That’s WakeVoice. Developed by ADNFX Mobile, or really two young French people who work on Android development in their free time, it allows you to talk to your phone to stop or snooze the alarm, and once the ringging stops, the phone talks to you with the weather of the day, your agenda, news delivered via RSS, and more. For details, check out the dev’s description.
Best of all, as a sign of gratitute towards our forum members, who have helped with finding bugs and suggesting new features in the forum thread, the developer is giving away free WakeVoice licenses to 20 lucky members.
To enter in the giveaway, you must have a forum account, and either:
Entries will be accepted till January 1, 2012, 10:00AM PST/01:00PM EST/07:00PM CET. Look up your time zone here. We’ll announce the winners shortly thereafter.