Round 6 Winners! Lifehacker And Microsoft’s Developer Challenge

The sixth and final round of the Lifehacker/Microsoft Developer Challenge is done and dusted! Apologies for the slight delay — we had a technical issues with a few of the entrants which meant a longer judging process than usual. Without further ado, here are our winners for Round 6!

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Round 6 Winner: Intellimax Analytics

Chris Herring’s Intellimax Analytics is a Windows 8 business app for Intellimax Business Intelligence platform users. It provides comprehensive Business Intelligence capabilities direct from the Windows 8 User Interface, including full data analytics across a broad range of data sources.


[Free; download from the Windows Store [requires Intellimax Business Intelligence account]]

Our judges were impressed by the app’s sleek design and oodles of readily accessible data — clicking anywhere on the app brings up additional options and statistics. As you’d expect from a business application there were no bugs or glitches and all data is kept in a secure, managed and audited enterprise platform. Chris wins an awesome HP ENVY X2 convertible ultrabook valued at $999 RRP and an $80 RRP Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse.

Chris 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 5 Runner-Up: Brisbane Bus

Yan Sun’s Brisbane Bus is a Windows Phone application that does everything you’d want from a bus app. Whether you want to find out when the next bus will arrive, where the closest bus stop is or how many buses are running at a route, this app can give you an immediate answer. It also comes with real-time Translink updates, NFC tagging functionality, basic Facebook integration and map directions to nearby bus stops.

[Free; Download from the Windows Store]

Our judges found it very easy to get to grips with Brisbane Bus — it does everything it needs to via a few finger taps. The trip view, favourites and text-to-speech functions were also extremely useful.

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

Now, each winning entrant goes into the final judging stage to determine who will be crowned winner — if you won in a previous round now is the time to tweak your app and improve it in any way you can! One lucky dev will be chosen to present their app at TechEd Australia 2013 on the Gold Coast. Get cracking!