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In celebration of the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone
8, Microsoft announced the Windows
8 Apps for Social Good Contest in partnership with NetSquared.
The Windows 8 Apps for Social
Good contest challenges anyone to design an app for Windows 8 or Windows Phone
8 that can make a positive difference. Winners will not only help improve lives
but will be eligible for up to $40,000 in cash prizes.
Think you have an idea but wondering if it makes a good app
submission for the Windows 8 Apps for Social Good contest? Here are some tips.
For starters, a good app should try to meet a current, real-world need such as the need for clean energy, improving educational attainment,
or improving health outcomes.
One app alone will not be able to solve such big
issues but a good app can address a solvable aspect of them. If you need
inspiration on issues your app can address, visit the TechSoup Global Hacker Helper
for background on pressing issues, valuable data, and APIs.
Knowledge of an
issue will help you hone in on one aspect that can be addressed through a
Windows 8 app.
Next, think about your design by thinking about who will be
the primary user of the app and where they are likely to interact with your
app. A good app idea will not only solve a problem your audience has - it will
be easily accessible to them.
designed for a young child will differ remarkably from one designed for an
adult professional. Likewise an app designed for use on your audience's
computer screens will differ from one for mobile devices.
Finally, before submitting your idea, refine your app by
testing it and seeking outside input. You can find support by reaching out to online
communities such as those on the TechSoup forums. Locally,
help can be found at your nearest NetSquared
group or NTEN 501 TechClub. Microsoft
also offers app support through Generation App or its Microsoft
If the notion of using technology to help others, and win
some cash in the process, excites you then this is the contest for you. Your
creativity coupled with the capabilities of Windows 8 mean a world of inspired
solutions to solve real world problems.
So don't delay and submit in your app
idea by February 28.
Susan ChavezOnline Community & Social Media Team, TechSoup Global@Susan_Chavez
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