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Take a look around you. We all know smart people. Now imagine if you could
harness the talent, skill, vision, and drive of all the smart people you know
to create massive change for good.
That's what we're talking about. We're talking about coming together to
create and ideate for a better future using apps. Will you rise to the
To celebrate the launch of the highly anticipated Windows 8 and Windows
Phone 8 products, we're partnering with Microsoft to empower app creators to
take their ideas to the streets.
Whether you are a hacker at heart, a social do-gooder, a youth activist, or
a developer with an innovative mind and skills to implement, we want your
creativity entering the Microsoft marketplace.
If you have a good idea, the potential to change lives and the ability
to create your app, starting today, November 5, 2012 through February
28, 2013, your app has the opportunity to make it to the top for up
to US$15,000 in prizes.
Just remember, Microsoft Citizenship defines a social good application
as "a good or service that provides some sort of benefit to the general
public and doesn’t solely exist to provide the maximum possible return to
Some examples of social issues that you may want to explore include clean
water, literacy, food security, and the environment. These are all, but not
limited to issues that can be aided through the creative use of technology
There are three categories of prizes:
Project submissions: November 5 – February 28
Public voting: March 1 – March 15
Winners Announced: March 25
For the purposes of this contest, Microsoft Citizenship recommends the TechSoup Hacker Help Wiki
as a reference.
You can also find Windows 8 developer tools on MSDN and
be sure to check out the Microsoft YouthSpark Hub for additional resources.
And of course, you can find more information, including participant criteria
and other "fine print" details here.
Show the world how a great idea, a few lines of code, and Windows 8 can
change lives for the better. Good luck and happy coding!
Top Image: Windows 8, comedynose Bottom Image: Microsoft Corp.