Looking for Big Ideas!

Looking for Big Ideas!

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The Windows Phone Marketplace continues to grow each & every day. Over the past few months, we’ve seen some great, innovative apps created by students. Here are three recent examples:

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I love nothing more than to help spread the word about innovative experiences created by students.  If you know of a great student app that’s been published to the Windows Phone Marketplace, I encourage you to get in touch with me (contact information is below) to let me know.  Shameless self-promotions are welcome! Smile

We know students have big ideas and that contests can give them an extra push to take action:  Gary, Achia, E-dan, Maayan, and Fahim were all inspired, in part, by past contests that we’ve run for students.  This week, we kicked off something we’re calling “Idea of the Week.” We will select one winner each week and give them a $50 USD gift certificate for Amazon.com (or one of its local sites like Amazon.co.uk).

Here’s what to do for your chance to win:

    1. Make sure you’re signed up for DreamSpark (www.dreamspark.com)
    2. Download Expression Studio (from DreamSpark and free of charge for students) and the Sketchflow Template for Windows Phone from http://wp7sketchflow.codeplex.com
    3. Create a Sketchflow prototype of your app idea and post the prototype online
    4. Tweet out the link to your prototype using the hashtag “#wpappitup”. For example, “Check out my idea, UltimateApp, at http://www.findyourcolony.com #wpappitup”

<aside reason=”toAppeaseTheLawyers”>No Purchase Necessary. Open only to students 18+. Game ends 12/25/11. For Official Rules, click here</aside>

We’re going to judge the ideas based on three criteria:

  1. Innovation (40%): How innovative is the idea? It does something new or does it accomplish something in a new way?
  2. Experience (40%): Since this is a prototype, we don’t expect the UX to be polished. However, we are looking for a quality experience in the flow of the app. Does it feel seamless and like a native experience on Windows Phone?
  3. Potential (20%): Does the app idea have potential in the market (lots of users, making money, both) or not?

Want to go even deeper and learn more about building & publishing apps for Windows Phone? We have great resources and free developer tools for students at FindYourColony.com.

We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with!


@benlower | phoneninja@microsoft.com | +1 (206) 659-NINJA (6465)

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  • sakarsh
    2 Posts

    @ben Lower i had submitted my Check out my idea, country at stake it is an Ultimate app, at http://goo.gl/sOJHQ #wpappitup the app idea by akarsh seggemu on 24th december please take a look at it. The application prototype is now a certified app in app hub www.windowsphone.com/.../788b49ba-2cb4-424d-8716-9146359f01dc  . my twitter username : sakarshkumar

  • yraith
    1 Posts

    I have an idea for an app, but I am no developer, and I wouldn't know where to start.. It's a different app than most, both visually and in scalability.  Plus it would need to export into Office 365.

  • Arvid
    22 Posts

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  • nice... but y u have reduced the prize from windows phone 7 mobile to amazon $50 gift card ?? :-(

  • I'd pay good money money for a media player that has an EQ.

  • Achia
    6 Posts

    Another thing - here is a guide I wrote on how to publish your #WPAppItUp entry as a working silverlight app for free using Azure. windowsphone7news.wordpress.com/.../how-to-publish-your-sketchflow-mock-ups-online-as-runnable-silverlight-app

  • Achia
    6 Posts

    Thanks Ben! if anyone needs help with sketchflow you can ask me at @achiash

  • Ben Lower
    45 Posts

    @bushman  thanks for posting some content to help people get started with Blend!  A really great overview for Sketchflow in particular can be found over at electricbeach.org

  • Bushman
    12 Posts

    For any one interested on screen shots of how the user interface on expression look like or a dummy guide on how a simple control works - start here. Its not perfect and I highly encourage you to try other controls.


  • Ben Lower
    45 Posts

    @abm right.  the "<aside>" was meant to render to look more like a snippet of XML

  • abm
    268 Posts

    @Ben Lower, nice treat for students. Topic aside, I guess the HTML5 tag <aside> in the post (with the admirable reason!) is set as a (html-encoded) textnode rather the HTML code. :-)