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Top Mobile App Contests: Get Recognized!

February 22, 2010

Lots of developers ask us how their app can get recognition for the beautiful, fun, awesomely designed app that we know they have. That’s why I decided to put together this list of mobile app contests (for iPhone and Android). They’re arranged from the ones coming up soonest to the contests that are further down the line.

AT&T Apps for All! Contest: AT&T’s app contest to encourage development. Accepts apps in more than 4 categories.

  • Platforms: Multiple (but not iPhone)
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Submission Deadline: March 1st 2010

Mobile Excellence Awards: Selects apps that “accelerate the growth of the mobile entertainment industry.”

  • Platforms: Multiple
  • Entrance Fee: $200
  • Submissions Open: April 1, 2010

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Apple Design Awards 2010: “The Apple Design Awards recognize technical excellence, innovation, and outstanding achievement in iPhone and Mac software development.” Sweet!

  • Platform: iPhone and Mac
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Submission Open: April/May 2010 (based on last year)

Mobile Marketing Awards Program 2010: Winners highlight successes in mobile marketing and they give different awards for different regions of the world.

  • Platform: Multiple
  • Entrance Fee: $150-$250 per entry
  • Submissions Open: TBD

Sammy Awards: The Sammy Awards have two applicable categories – best social branded app and best content/entertainment app.

  • Platform: Multiple
  • Entrance Fee: TBD
  • Submissions Deadline: August 2010 (based on last year)

Open Web Awards: Mashable’s annual award ceremony includes various categories for mobile apps.

  • Platform: Multiple
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Submission Deadline: November 2010 (based on last year)

The Crunchies: TechCrunch’s Crunchies have a category for best mobile application.

  • Platform: Multiple
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Submission Deadline: TBD

Android Developer Challenge: Google’s official Android app contest.

  • Platform: Android
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Submission Deadline: August 2010 (based on last year)

Best App Ever Awards: Unsurprisingly, this contest searches for the best iPhone apps.

  • Platform: iPhone
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Submission Deadline: December 2010

Mobile Apps Showdown: Unclear if it’s happening this year as well, but one can only hope.

  • Platform: Multiple
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Submission Deadline: TBD

Am I missing any? Please let me know in the comments and I’ll update this post as they come up.

Many thanks to Jenny for helping me find these!

2 thoughts on “Top Mobile App Contests: Get Recognized!

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Author : jaywink

Check out Nokia's "Calling All Innovators" competition http://www.callingallinnovators.com/

Author : Not American

How many of these are open for Non-US citizens? The first one From AT&T isn't for sure.


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