Round 3 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 3 Winner: Action Cam

Sunny Wijewardana’s Action Cam allows you to record journeys on your phone’s video camera and GPS. You can then watch the video from inside the app with a simultaneously a map trace that shows you the exact spot for the corresponding video. You can skip ahead by tapping on the play markers or just sit back and watch the full journey unfold.

[$1.99; Download from the Windows Store]
Our judges appreciated Action Cam’s clean interface, clever design and felt it had plenty of potential for the sports and adventuring markets. The video functionality was surprisingly quick and responsive which made it painless to use. You win an awesome HP ENVY X2 convertible ultrabook valued at $999 RRP and an $80 RRP Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse.

Sunny 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 3 Runner-Up: Secondary School Mathematics A

Greg Farquhar’s Secondary School Mathematics A is an interactive maths text book for Windows 8 devices. Based loosely on a general secondary school mathematics curriculum, it covers the topics of exponentiation and logarithms. In addition to in-depth tutorials, the app provides dynamically generated exercises which ensure no two users get the same question (this is also handy for repeat usage).

[$2.49; Download from the Windows Store]

Our judges were impressed by the app’s thoroughness and clear passion for the subject — it even comes with a pair of historical chapters on the slide rule and logarithm tables which were in use up until the advent of the electronic calculator.

Greg 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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