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Background to http://www.Appcampus.fi
Appcampus.fi is a joint effort between Nokia and Microsoft to build a new global mobile eco-system around the Windows Phone platform. Nokia and Microsoft selected Aalto University as a partner to accelerate the development of the eco-system globally. Aalto University initiated the AppCampus program to foster the development of new self-sustaining mobile innovation ventures via education, entrepreneurship and research programs. The goal of the AppCampus program is to create a self-sustaining application development ecosystem that would organically generate new services and applications for Windows Phone and Nokia Platforms.
Awards: 20,000 -70.000 euro per App/Game
Level 1 (e.g. 20kEUR) • Relatively simple (standalone) applications. • In calendar time we would expect this to be done in two months. Level 2 (e.g. 50kEUR) • Application which requires interfacing with some existing network (cloud) based service/media/information. • In calendar time we would expect this to be done in three months. Level 3 (e.g. 70kEUR) • Application which includes the development of the network (cloud) service back-end, and interfacing with it. • In calendar time we would expect this to be done in four months or more.
What support is provided?
Dedicated resources, coaching & Education, Product-oriented Professional Software development, Process & Quality Assurance Network & Marketing Support, Marketplace & Nokia Store
What are the clauses?
IPRs remain property of the developers. NOT NOKIA or Microsoft No Equity dilution. No Revenue Share required.
Why are Nokia and Microsoft doing this?
Fostering Next level of UX & Entrepreneurial Innovation
So how do you get started?
Creating a Kick Ass Submission
Application should meet some(*) combination of the criteria: 1. Innovative, first-to-market app-concepts. 2. Differentiated, unique apps, not already available on competing operating systems. 3. Support for key features and APIs of the platform as they become available. 4. Demonstrated design elegance and technical quality. 5. Potential to drive momentum of the new ecosystems. Like what? Innovative First-to-market app-idea(not seen before on any mobile platforms) Differentiated/Unique Not already published in any mobile app stores Key features/APIs Support key features and APIs of the platform Convincing Overall Proposal Demonstrated design, technical, and business excellence Popularity/Commercial value Potential for mass appeal and/or revenue generation
Use Features Live Tiles & Secondary Tile Push Notifications Nokia Maps/LBS Try and Buy Lock Screen (WP8) In App Purchase (WP8) Speech (WP8) Deals/Wallet (WP8) NFC (WP8) Lenses (WP8) App to App Communication (WP8, Nokia Music) NB. Mere ports of existing applications or simple feeds of syndicated content will not be eligible for funding.
Resources Blog http://appcampus.fi/blog How to do a good submission follow a case example Online submission: http://appcampus.fi FAQ http://www.appcampus.fi/faq Application http://www.appcampus.fi/application