Monday, May 20, 2013

Samsung Announces $800,000 Smart App Challenge

Samsung Electronics has announced the second annual Samsung Smart App Challenge 2013, a global app competition aimed at finding new applications and fostering innovation in the smartphone application arena. A total of 10 entries will be selected as winners, receiving a record total of $800,000 in prize money along with a variety of promotional benefits.

The challenge is open to all mobile application developers across the globe. Developers who wish to participate should sign up directly on the App Challenge website ( and register their apps on Samsung Apps from 20th June to 31st August.

Contest entrants will be one category. “Smart Chord Apps,” which can be used for development of ‘Group Play’ service on GALAXY S4, a panel of judges will decide the winning entries, which will consist of 10 innovative applications which use group management functionality in interesting and experiential ways. The applicants have to use “Samsung Chord SDK” which helps developers create a group with multi-devices in real-time, automatically, requiring no manual processing of devices which join or leave the group.
Winning entrants will be rewarded with high prize money and a variety of promotional benefits through Samsung’s global channels. They will be given a chance also to be pitched their app to Samsung Venture Investment just after the ceremony for the winners.

Entry Requirements: 
  • Apps must have English language support and may offer multilingual support that includes English.
  • You must submit an introduction of your app. (Click here to download the template)
  • All entries should be sold on Samsung Apps after May 1, 2013.
  • You cannot enter paid promotion apps or apps that are subject to a contract with Samsung.
  • If you have incorporated IAP(In-App Purchase) function, you must use Samsung IAP.
    If you insert advertisements into the app, you must use Samsung AdHub.
Judging criteria will be based on the apps uniqueness, commercial potential, functionality, usability and overall design. Winning entries will be considered for investment from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation and offered promotional benefits through Samsung Apps and Samsung Developer site channels as well as promotion through a Samsung Electronics press release. With additional promotion through Samsung Mobile, Samsung Apps and Samsung developers’ social media channels.

For more information on Samsung Smart App Challenge 2013, please visit the challenge website (

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