2013 Google Cloud Developer Challenge – $20,000 USD and Android Devices for Grabs.

Deadline: November 21st 2013

Developers in 6 regions across the world will win prizes that include Android devices and up to $20,000 USD. We are also highlighting innovations of students and female developers!

All you have to do is build and submit an amazing application in one of these categories:

  • Enterprise/Small Business Solutions , Education, Not for Profit
  • Social / Personal Productivity/Games / Fun

A winner will be chosen for each category, in each region — 12 prizes in total.

Awards for best mentors! A mentor will be chosen for in each region — 6 prizes in total.

You can participate in the Google Cloud Developer Challenge by developing new applications built using Google’s cloud platform. The sections below provide information about the types of applications you may enter, as well as the contest information and dates.
Developers may submit their apps to one of two specially-designated competition categories beginning October 22 12AM GMT. An application may only be submitted to a single category.



  • The Google Apps Developer Challenge is open to developers worldwide, except for those in the following countries/regions Quebec, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Sudan


  • All submissions must have an appspot.com domain with a url in the followin format: gcdc2013-<app-name>.appspot.com
  • The Google Cloud Developer Challenge contest is open only to applications that have not been made publicly available through the Google Apps Marketplace, Chrome Web Store or any other website prior to June 1, 2013. Additionally, applications that were entered into other developer app contests are ineligible for the contest, regardless whether they were winning apps. Similarly, updated versions of applications entered in other developer contests are ineligible.
  • When you enter an application in the Google Cloud Developer Challenge by submitting the URL to the application, access details to the application and a 400 word manual that describes how to use your application we will make it available to all contest judges for free, exclusively for the purposes of judging. If you intend to sell your application after the conclusion of the contest, you must make available a “trial” version of the application for judging. We recommend that your trial version include full functionality, but with a timed expiration, rather than including limited functionality with no expiration. Judges will evaluate your application based only on the functionality accessible to them, so it makes sense to provide the fullest range of capabilities possible in your contest app.


  • Teams can be no more than 3 people. All team members’ names must be listed when submitting the application for the Google Cloud Developer Challenge.

Competition Regions:

  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • India
  • South East Asia
  • Latin America
  • United States, Europe and rest of world

Entry Categories:

  • Enterprise/Small Business Solutions , Education, Not for Profit
  • Social / Personal Productivity/Games / Fun


  • All submissions must have an appspot.com domain with a url in the following format: gcdc2013-<app-name>.appspot.com.
  • Effective Use of Google App Engine (Compulsory)
    • All submissions must have an appspot.com domain
  • Originality of Concept
  • Relevance to Region (SSA, LATAM, India, SEA, MENA)
  • Polish and Appeal
  • Usability on multiple screen sizes
  • Accessibility
  • Indispensability: Is the application compelling and/or essential?
  • Amount of user interactions on their app (comments, +1s, FB Likes etc)
  • Google+ Sign-In / Integration (Not compulsory:Bonus Points)
  • Creative use of Youtube and Google Maps APIs (Not compulsory:Bonus Points)
  • Use of other Google platforms/APIs (Not compulsory:Bonus Points)

Competition Timelines

  • September 4th: Competition begins
  • October 22nd: Submissions window opens
  • November 21st: First round submissions due
  • December 5th: Semi-Finalists announced
  • January 5th: Updated Semi-Final Apps re-submitted
  • January 28th: Winners announced


Prizes will be distributed as follows; all prizes are in USD:

  • Round One: All teams that make it to the semi-finals in each category in each region will be awarded Android devices.
  • Round One: In order to encourage participation from women and highlight innovations from women in the developing markets, we are adding an additional prize. If a Semi-Finalist happens to be an individual or a team consisting solely of women, that team will be awarded an additional prize of $2000 USD.
  • Round One: Any university team made up entirely of student or staff of a university (identified by the university domain email address) that makes it to the semi-finals will get $1,000.
  • Semi-Finals: 1st prize in each category in each region will receive $20,000. This means that there will be a total of 12 grand prize winners
  • Semi-Finals: If any team from a university wins the competition in any of the categories, the department to which the members of the team belong will win $18,000.
  • At most 6 mentors (one from each region) will win an all expense paid trip to a major developer conference anywhere in the world to the tune of $5,000.


Information about the winning developers and Apps will be posted to this website on or around the following dates:

  • Semi-Final Round: December 5th
  • Winners: January 28th

For More Information:

Visit the official Webpage of the Google Cloud Developer Challenge


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