Microsoft Idea Of The Week: Announcing the AppItUp Contest for Student Developers

This MICROSOFT IDEA OF THE WEEK CONTEST is specially designed for students working on Windows Phone 7 Application Development where students stand a chance to win $50-a-week for their innovative and potentially strong Windows Phone App Ideas.

This is a skill-based Contest. The object of this Contest is to create a Sketchflow prototype using Microsoft Expression Studio. For purposes of this Contest, each Sketchflow prototype you create and submit in the Contest will be called an “entry.”

What to do for your chance to win:
1. Make sure you’re signed up for DreamSpark
2. Download Expression Studio (from DreamSpark and free of charge for students) and the Sketchflow Template for Windows Phone from here.
3. Create a Sketchflow prototype of your app idea and post the prototype online. This can be on your own blog, website, etc but it should be publicly available and not password protected.
4. Tweet out the link to your prototype using the hashtag “#wpappitup”. e.g, “Check out my WP prototype, UltimateApp, at https://obieosobalu.wordpress.com/ #wpappitup”. By posting this tweet, you will receive one (1) entry into the Contest.

The judges shall select the winner idea of the week based on the three important criteria:
– Innovation (40%)
– Experience (40%)
– Potential (20%)

The winners will be notified via a message to the twitter account provided at time of the entry within 7 days following completion of judging.

This Contest starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on October 17, 2011, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on December 25, 2011 (“Entry Period”) and will consist of twelve (12) weekly Prize Periods beginning on Monday and ending the following Sunday. On or around the Friday following the prior weeks competition, a panel of judges will review all eligible entries received and select one (1) weekly winner of the Contest Prizes.

This contest is open only to students 18+. For Official Rules, click here.

To learn more about building & publishing apps for Windows Phone, go here for great resources and free developer tools for students.

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