Deadline for submissions: 2 October 2015, 12:00 PM midnight, UTC.
Submissions for 2015 are now closed. If you have not yet submitted a proposal, please check back next year, when we may offer this contest again.
Our review of your proposal will be based on the content of your proposal and our interest in your proposal. Think of this as analogous to applying for a grant from a Foundation. That Foundation has interests, and we have ours. How do you know our interests? Well. They are fairly broad. We'll give priority to proposals that can help the community. Ideas that are fun. Ideas about apps that are within our technological skill set (which, again, are fairly broad). Oh. And we also like pets. And apps about pets. We love good food too! Yum! 😀
In contrast, we don't like vanity apps. Web pages are good for that. Mobile devices are amazing and fun little workhorses. We want to make suitable use of them-- e.g., for storing a boatload of local data.
Anyone can apply, given our previously stated language restrictions. You could be a highschool or elementary student in Sooke, B.C., Canada. You could be a grandmother in Greely, CO, USA. You could be a non-profit in India. You could be a small business in London, England. We would rather you weren't a large corporation with lots of money, but we'll not dismiss that possibility out of hand.
Clearly written, technically feasible, and well thought out proposals will be given priority. Keep the jargon to a minimum. We don't generally like acronyms either. If we can't understand it, if it is incoherent, if it has lots of typos, if you are trying make a Universal Artificial Intelligence, or make a Time Machine, we'll put it aside (we do like science fiction, though, so how about a sci fi app??).
After choosing a set of finalist proposals, we will interview (in-person, Skype, or phone) the finalist authors. We are committing our time to this project. We want to make sure you are serious and committed as well. Plus, we want to make sure you have the time to collaborate on this with us. Apps are not created by developers in a vacuum.