Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest aims to inspire talented students and developers across the globe to create seamless, smart, and innovative applications, and explore the future of digital intelligence. 

This contest is open to developers from all over the world on the global contest site

To make this reality, our team will equip you with open and free to use Huawei HMS Core capabilities that provide over 65 services & 15K scenario-based APIs.  For instance, with Huawei ML capability, you can help create intelligent waste classification solutions that help people accurately sort domestic waste, or Map kit empowers you to create green travel solutions that encourage to people to walk or cycle instead of driving etc. All the SDKs are Android based, so you will find the tools convenient to use. 


  • Mobile app & game developers (enterprise and individuals)
  • Students
  • Developer enthusiasts

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Round 1:  Registration and Submission

Register for the challenge on Devpost or the contest Official Website. Create applications that integrate HMS Core open capabilities and submit entries on the Official Website or Devpost Hackathon Website. 

Due date: 

18:00 on 5th September (GMT+2)


Round 2: Preliminary Review and Finalist Announcement

The judging panel will review the submitted works and select 20 works from each region for the Public Review and Finals stages. 

6th September – 24:00 on 9th September (GMT+2)

Round 3: Public Review

Shortlisted works will be exhibited on the contest’s official website and HUAWEI AppGallery during a global promotional period until 24:00 on 23rd September (GMT+2), and further selections will be based on the number of votes and downloads that each shortlisted work receives from the public. 

10th September – 24:00 on 23rd September (GMT+2)

Round 4: Finals

Each region will hold its own finals in October. The judging panel will rank the 20 shortlisted works according to a comprehensive scoring formula, in which the judging panel and public rating scores are added. 



What to build: Create mobile applications that integrate HMS open capabilities. Please note that 1 team can submit up to 5 projects. 

What to submit:

  • After integrating HMS Core, submit the work on the contest’s official website or Devpost.
  • Enter the app name and ID
  • Provide a description of your work and its features and functionality
  • Upload attachments with APKs and supporting documents

Hackathon Sponsors


$200,000 in prizes

Best App (3)

$15,000 USD

Awarded to exceptional apps, combining vision, innovation and technical performance.

Best Game (3)

$15,000 USD

Awarded to games that reflect creativity, originality and innovation in mobile entertainment.

Best Social Impact App (3)

$15,000 USD

Awarded to the apps that drive positive change in society.

Excellent Student Award (3)

$5,000 USD

Awarded to the best projects, developed by student teams

Tech Women's Award (3)

$5,000 USD

Individual developer award that recognizes the impact of outstanding female developers

Best HMS Core Innovation Award (3)

$5,000 USD

Awarded to the apps that leverage unique capabilities of HMS Core from AR to AI

All-Scenario Coverage Award

$5,000 USD

Awarded to the app that can run on HUAWEI smart wearables (including watches and bands), smart glasses, tablets.

Honorable Mention (5)

$3,000 USD

Awarded to the apps that score high points for potential and vision.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Aoife Brodigan

Aoife Brodigan
Marketing Director, HUAWEI Mobile Services Europe

Claudia Mendes Silva

Claudia Mendes Silva
WOMEN IN TECH® Ambassador Portugal Chapter

Renee Gittins

Renee Gittins
Executive Director, International Game Developer Association

Kira Komshilova

Kira Komshilova
Lead Developer Support Engineering, HUAWEI Mobile Service Europe

Mohamed Djelid

Mohamed Djelid
Deputy Director of the Bureau Strategic Planning, UNESCO

Dr. Jaime Gonzalo

Dr. Jaime Gonzalo
Vice President, HUAWEI Mobile Services Europe

Innocenzo Sansone

Innocenzo Sansone
HDG Italy Organizer, Developer Enthusiast

Baris Altop

Baris Altop
Computer Science Instructor, Sabancı Üniversitesi

Judging Criteria

  • Design, technology, and user experience (20 points)
    Is stable and functional in real life and features impressive interactions, a user-friendly interface, and outstanding visual and sound effects.
  • Originality (30 points)
    Comes endowed with distinctive and innovative attributes which cannot be found in similar apps and remain attractive to users.
  • Social value (30 points)
    Addresses an issue of widespread concern and offers new solutions for a specific user group and/or scenario.
  • Bonus points (20 points)
    10 points will be added if the app is successfully released on AppGallery and a maximum of 10 points shall be added for integrating HMS Core capabilities.

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