jerdog · Jul 21, 2014 at 01:00 pm

XDA Partners with Pebble for Developer Challenge

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):

  1. Developers around the world are invited to submit a proposal for an app they want to build with Pebble’s SDK 2 before August 1, 2014 (5:00pm Pacific Time).
  2. A panel of judges from both XDA and Pebble will select 20 Finalists, based on the proposals’ innovation and originality.
  3. The 20 Finalists will each receive one Pebble smartwatch to develop their apps on.

Round 2 (August 15 – September 12, 2014):

  1. Finalists have 3 weeks to develop their apps and submit them before September 5, 2014 (5:00pm Pacific Time) for Grand Prize consideration.
  2. A panel of judges from both XDA and Pebble will select 2 Grand Prize winners.
  3. Via an open voting system, the public will vote for its favorite app among the 20 Finalists and select the Popular Choice Grand Prize winner.
  4. All 3 Grand Prize winners will receive an exclusive, all-expenses-paid invitation to Pebble’s 2014 Developer Retreat, one Pebble Steel, and promotional support for their winning apps.

Grand prize and Popular Choice award winners will be announced on September 12th, 2014.

Prizes

App Idea Finalists (20)
– Pebble Smartwatch

Grand Prize Winners (3)
-Pebble Steel Smartwatch
-Pebble Developer Retreat 2014 invitation with all expenses paid

Important Dates

  • Challenge Idea Submission PeriodJuly 21, 2014 (10:00am Pacific Time) – August 1, 2014 (5:00pm Pacific Time)
  • Idea Selection PeriodAugust 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)

Terms & Conditions

  • Only one entry per person may be accepted, and excess entries will be disqualified.
  • You must be a member in good standing, with no history of bans and/or serious infractions
  • You must post your app as open source using a suitable git source hosting site
    • Source should replicate what is built and submitted
    • Upon finished product, full source code, with full commit history, is required to be submitted in order to be considered
  • You must be able to pay any and all customs fees associated with receiving the Pebble
  • You must be able and willing to keep your contest thread updated
  • XDA reserves the right to disqualify an entry for any extenuating circumstances
  • If selected in the first phase, the developer must open a Pebble developer account and use the Pebble SDK to build their app.
  • All types of apps are authorized (watchfaces, watchapps, companion apps)
  • The app can be Pebble only, Pebble+Android or Pebble+Android+iOS
  • Developers must submit their app to the Pebble app store to be a valid entry in the last phase of the competition
For official rules, see the full Official Rules at http://developer.getpebble.com/xda-challenge/official-rules.html.

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jerdog

jerdog is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Jeremy has been an XDA member since 2007, and has been involved in technology in one way or another, dating back to when he was 8 years old and was given his first PC in 1984 - which promptly got formatted. It was a match made in the stars, and he never looked back. He has owned, to date, over 60 mobile devices over the last 15 years and mobile technology just clicks with him. In addition to being a News Editor and OEM Relations Manager, he is a Senior Moderator and member of the Developer and Moderator Committees at XDA. View jerdog's posts and articles here.
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