Publish An App In The Windows Store: Win A Trip To TechEd Australia

Publish An App In The Windows Store: Win A Trip To TechEd Australia

FINAL ROUND! Good news developers: you still have 7 days (and a whole weekend) to chase your dream. Simply submit your new app to the Windows Store (even if it’s an Android or iOS port) and you could win the chance to present your app to thouseands of industry-types at Microsoft’s TechEd 2013 on the Gold Coast. Then there’s the HP laptops, Xbox bundles and Microsoft peripherals that we’re also giving away…

Simply register via the link below then finish coding! Quality is important, but your app doesn’t need to be 100% perfect. Each round’s winner will have time to update their app before major prize judging. As Nokia’s dev guru (and one of our judges), Vaughan Knight, will tell you: “If you’re not in the Store, you don’t exist. Just get it in there…for every app that’s built and submitted, there are probably 20 that are created but not submitted.”

The cool part: We’ll send you out a confirmation email and you’ll be able to ask Microsoft questions and get helpful input from Microsoft app gurus Lachlan Hardy and Nick Hodge!

Get started at Lifehacker’s registration page!

New to developing for Windows? We have plenty of tools and advice to help you along the way.

The first step is to register into the comp. Step 2: there will be six rounds for entries and we’ll be selecting a finalist for each round based on app potential, design, uniqueness of idea, and audience appeal. Judging each round’s entries will be Lifehacker editor Angus Kidman and Microsoft Australia app guru Lachlan Hardy. Full terms and conditions here.

Check Out These Great Prizes!

The finalist from each round will win an awesome HP ENVY X2 convertible ultrabook valued at $999 RRP and an $80 RRP Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse. One runner-up in each round will also receive an Xbox 360 4GB Kinect bundle (worth $300 RRP), an Arc Touch Mouse, plus a Microsoft Wedge Mobile keyboard valued at $100 RRP .

Note: The finalist from each round moves into final judging for the major prize; the runner-up does not. [clear]


The major prize: is a trip to TechEd Australia 2013, including the opportunity to present the winning app! We’re talking conference ticket, accommodation for 5 nights, and airfare (economy) up to the combined value of $4000! Not bad, right?

Register over at Lifehacker



  • To be fair a lot of that has to do with the lack of users compared to other platforms… catch twenty-two, needs apps to get users but only gets apps after getting users.

    • Isn’t it like the third most popular phone os? or something? I thought it was i0s, Android, Wp7… Also, I think that if the apps were made it would be wayy more popular.. Its definitely much more stable than android and more customisable than a (non-cracked) iphone..

      • You are right it is the third most popular, but compared to what? The near extinction Black berry OS or the yet to be publicly released Linux mobile? Maybe even the now exclusive to Nokia Symbian? It is easy to come third when you have no competition.

  • This is the sort of competition that exists because even MS don’t expect you to get a return on investment when releasing on their platform.

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