Round 2 Winners! Lifehacker And Microsoft’s Developer Challenge

OK developers, it’s time to go crazy. No more themes. Just your great app ideas, and the opportunity for exclusive help and feedback from Microsoft Australia’s developer brain trust. Register in our comp, and Microsoft’s team will help you publish your app to the Windows Store! One lucky dev will also be chosen to present their app at TechEd Australia 2013 on the Gold Coast. Speaking of fame and fortune, we’re also giving away HP laptops every week. It’s easy to get started. What better way to debut your app on the Windows Store and even port one over from Android or iOS.

How are your developer chops?

We have plenty of rounds and prizes to go — there has never been a better time to finally work on that new tablet or phone app idea, or port your existing app over from Android or iOS. So long as it’s the first time the submitted app has been published to Windows Store.

Get started at Lifehacker’s registration page!

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Round 2 Winner: Touch Meds

This great team effort from Yan Sun, Capsen Lu and Robert Hollamby can assist in the scheduling, tracking and monitoring of medication for patients. We help patients to take the right amount of the right medicine at the right time.
Simply tap the windows phone to the NFC tag attached with medicine package, the App will popup the medicine’s details page and the information is read out using Text to Speech. It is also a standalone medicine managment App without NFC tag.
[Free; Download from the Windows Store]
Our judges felt Touch Meds was a solid, professional looking app with plenty of polish and added functionality. The large, attractive font and easily identifiable icons also make it well suited to older users, who are a key demographic for this application.

You win an another awesome HP ENVY X2 convertible ultrabook valued at $999 RRP and an $80 RRP Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse.

The team also moves into final judging for the major prize where one representative could win 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!


Round 2 Runner-Up: Cycling Tracker

Olaf Loogman’s Cycling Tracker is the ultimate tool for tracking your bicycle rides in Windows 8. Cycling Tracker supports a wide range of different GPS bike computers that use the FIT or TCX file format. See exactly where you have ridden in Bing maps. View information from your past bicycle rides and track your goals with detailed analysis of your performance. See your latest achievements with live tiles.
[Free; Download from the Windows Store]

Our judges appreciated Cycling Tracker’s oodles of statistics, offline functionality and alluring potential. It also adhered faithfully to the W8 style and fit this week’s health theme to a tee.

Olaf wins an Xbox 360 4GB Kinect bundle (worth $300 RRP), an Arc Touch Mouse, plus a Microsoft Wedge Mobile keyboard valued at $100 RRP .

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