Frequently Asked Questions


How long do I have to enter?

Deadline extended until midnight on Sunday, November 20th!

Submissions now close November 20, 2011 at 11:59pm EST, so you have the weekend to finish up those entries.


Does it cost anything to enter?

No! This challenge is free to enter and there are free trials and downloads of recommended tools available.


So what is it that I need to submit?

This contest is just for app designs, no coding or functionality is needed—just the app idea’s name, its visual presentation in up to five images and a detailed description. Try starting by describing how the app solves a problem.


Is the challenge open to students?

Yes, the challenge is open to anyone who is creative and has great ideas, as long as you’re 18 or older.


I’m not 18 but I design apps, can I still enter?

You must be 18 or older to register on this site and enter the competition. However, design teams are free to enter collectively, so you could form a team with a parent and have them attribute you properly in the Credits field when they register and submit.


I don’t live in the U.S., can I still enter?

Yes, this is an international competition and is open to designers & audiences worldwide. However all entry materials do need to be provided in English.


I don’t live in the U.S. and my country isn’t eligible for the App Hub, can I still enter?

Yes, Microsoft has created a Global Publisher Program, a network of regional contacts to help international developers get their apps published. Please review for more details.


Can I submit more than one app design?

Yes, you can submit as many app designs as you want, but only one per person can be chosen as a winner.


I’m not a developer, do I need to know how to code?

No, this is a design challenge and entries are only required to have images of key screens from your app idea. You can also use the designer-friendly SketchFlow to further mock up your design.


Can I enter without using SketchFlow or Expression Blend?

Yes, you can submit entries without using SketchFlow or Expression Blend. They are available as tools to make designing your app easier, but you can still use Photoshop or hand-drawn sketches if that’s your MO.


I created my project in SketchFlow, how do I make a .xap of it?

SketchFlow has a Package SketchFlow Project feature that creates a folder with all the related files in it (File > Package SketchFlow Project…). Open that folder and select the .xap (Silverlight) file to upload with your entry.


I created my project in SketchFlow, how do I make a .pdf of it?

SketchFlow has an export to Microsoft Word feature (File > Export to Microsoft Word…) which will export and convert your project to a Word document that you can edit and then re-export as a .pdf file to upload with your entry.


When will I be notified if I’m a winner?

Potential winners will contacted by Core77 within one to two weeks from the end of jurying and no later than Dec 16th. (All winners will need to sign an affidavit of eligibility, and a liability/publicity release.)