Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest

 
Schedule

01 Registration & Submission
10th June – 18:00 on 5th September (GMT+2)

02 Preliminary
21st August – 24:00 on 9th September (GMT+2)

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

04 Finals & Award Ceremony
October

 
Eligibility

This contest is open to developers from all over the world on https://developer.huawei.com/consumer/en/ (the “Official Website”). Participation on appsup2021.devpost.com (the “Devpost Hackathon Website”) is limited to the European region of the global contest which includes residents of the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belguim
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Individuals aged 17 and under are not eligible to enter the contest.

Employees of Huawei and its affiliates, and their immediate relatives, are not eligible to enter the contest.

You can participate in the contest on your own, or as part of a team. All members of the team must belong to the same contest region.

Rules for setting up a team

  1. Each contestant is only eligible to join a single team.
  2. Each team can have no more than 3 members.
  3. Each team should have a team leader who is responsible for team management, such as inviting or deleting members and submitting works.
  4. A team member can apply to join or leave a team.
  5. The score for a contest submission belongs to the team. If a team member leaves the team, all existing scores will continue to belong to the team, rather than the departing member.

You will be disqualified in the event of the following:

  1. You plagiarise the work of others;
  2. Third-party code plug-ins used in your works are not authorised, and/or are the source of a legal dispute; or
  3. Your works violate any relevant terms, service agreements, or rules applicable to HUAWEI DEVELOPER services, including but not limited to the HUAWEI Developer Service Agreement, Agreement on Use of Huawei APIs, and AppGallery Review Guidelines.
 
Agenda

1. Registration & submission (10th June – 20th August)
Deadline: 18:00 on 20th August 2021 (GMT+2)
Create works that integrate HMS open capabilities and submit entries on the Official Website or Devpost Hackathon Website.

  1. Register for the Hackathon on the Devpost Hackathon Website by clicking the “Join Hackathon” button. To complete registration, sign up to create a free Devpost account, or log in with an existing Devpost account. This will enable you to receive important updates and to create your Submission.
  2. In order to start developing, please create a HUAWEI ID (register for a HUAWEI ID if you do not have one) and verify your identity on Huawei Developer website. You don’t need to create a team on the contest webpage if you already did so on Devpost.
  3. Create your works and integrate HMS open capabilities. For more information about the HMS Core capabilities, please refer to Develop.
  4. New to Huawei Mobile Services and HMS Core? Check out the training courses and developer documentation that will help you get up to speed. Additionally, we shall be hosting numerous training sessions and experience sharing sessions at our local HUAWEI DEVELOPER Groups. Stay tuned and register for the upcoming sessions here.
  5. After integrating HMS Core, submit the work on either the Official Website or Devpost Hackathon Website. The team leader will need to click "Submit work" on the Official Website contest details page or “Create Project” on the Devpost Hackathon Website and enter all of the required fields including the app name, ID, description, and upload ZIP attachment with APKs and documents introducing the work before 18:00 on 20th August 2021 (GMT+2). If you do not submit any works prior to the deadline, it will be deemed as a voluntarily withdrawal from the contest. Please note, that 1 team can submit up to 5 projects.

Note:

  1. Works must be integrated with HMS Core and submitted via the team leader's account.
  2. To obtain the ID of an app, go to Console > App services > HUAWEI AppGallery. Click My Apps in AppGallery Connect, then click on View to see the relevant information.
  3. Attachments for works must be in ZIP or RAR format and cannot exceed 200 MB. Such attachments may include APKs and documents introducing the work. You can download the work introduction template when submitting your work.

2. Preliminary Review and Announcement of Finalists (21st August – 9th September)
The judging panel will review the submitted works and select 20 works from each region for the Public Review and Finals stages.

3. Public Review (10th – 23rd September)
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.

4. Regional Finals (October)
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.

 
Entry Requirements
  1. Submitted works must integrate at least one HMS open capability and run seamlessly on devices that have HMS installed.
  2. Works may use third-party game engines, middleware, open-source software, or code libraries, so long as they are authorised in advance by the respective rights holders.
  3. Contestants must fully comply with the HUAWEI Developer Service Agreement and any other relevant terms and/or service agreements for developer services, including but not limited to the General Terms and Conditions, Devpost Terms of Service, HUAWEI Developer Merchant Service Agreement and HUAWEI Partner Paid Service Agreement, as well as terms and/or service agreements related to the use of AppGallery Connect and HMS Core.
  4. Apps that are to be released on AppGallery must fully comply with the relevant release policies.

Notes

  1. Only the team leader's account can be used to integrate HMS open capabilities and submit works.
  2. Attachments for submitted works must be in ZIP or RAR format and cannot exceed 200 MB. Such attachments include the app introduction documents and APKs. 
 
Prizes

Huawei has set aside US$1 million from the Shining Star Programme as prize money for the contest. US$200,000 will be allocated to the top 20 apps in Europe. The awards are as follows:

Europe
x 3
Best App

x 3
Best Game

x 3
Best Social Impact

x 3
Excellent Student Award

x 3
Tech Women's Award

x 3
Best HMS Core Innovation Award

x 1
All-Scenario Coverage Award

x 5
Honourable Mention

Note:
Who is eligible for the Tech Women's Award?
A team with any female developer as its key member or leader will have chance to receive the Tech Women's Award. Applicants for this award need to submit the description of the developer's contributions during the project building during the submission stage.

Who is eligible for the Excellent Student Award?
The Excellent Student Award is only applicable to the Asia Pacific and Europe contest regions. Teams that apply for those awards may be asked to submit the scanned copy of all team leaders' and members' student ID cards.

What are the criteria for the Best HMS Core Innovation Award?
Entries that are deemed to have integrated and used the unique capabilities in In-App Purchases (IAP), Ads Kit, Map Kit, Push Kit, Location Kit, ML Kit, AR Engine, Nearby Service, Wireless Kit, hQUIC Kit, Network Kit, Computer Graphics (CG) Kit, and Scene Kit in an impressive manner, by leveraging such capabilities to develop innovative app functions and user experiences.

What are the criteria for the All-Scenario Coverage Award?
Entries that have integrated and used the Wear Engine, DeviceVirtualization Engine, and Cast Engine and adapted to Huawei smart wearables (including watches and bands), smartglasses, tablets, and other devices, will win the All-Scenario Coverage Award.

Winners are also eligible for a treasure trove of enticing incentives:

  1. AppGallery promotional resources
  2. Exclusive incentives for paid HMS Core capabilities

Outstanding contestants are eligible to receive (a) US$500 in monthly free credit for integration and use of Map Kit, Location Kit, and Site Kit (normal free quota for each developer with a HUAWEI ID: US$300 per month) for one year and (b) US$200 in monthly free credit for ML Kit use (does not affect any previously allocated quota) for one year. Developers who start using the Map Kit, Location Kit, Site Kit, or ML Kit because of this contest will be prioritised for receiving the exclusive incentives. 

 
Evaluation Criteria

1.      Preliminary Review Checklist

  • Whether the registration information is complete.
  • Whether the information about the submitted work is complete.
  • Whether the work uses HMS open capabilities.
  • Whether the work is available on AppGallery.

2.      Preliminary Rating Rules

Total score = Preliminary judging panel score (80 points) + AppGallery bonus points (10 points will be added after the app is successfully released on AppGallery) + HMS integration bonus points

2.1     Judging Panel Score

  • 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.

2.2     HMS Integration Bonus Points

A maximum of 10 points can be added for HMS integration. 4 points will be added for integrating each of the following kits: IAPAds KitMap KitPush KitLocation KitML KitAR EngineNearby ServiceWireless KithQUIC KitNetwork KitCG KitScene KitWear EngineDeviceVirtualization Engine, and Cast Engine. For other kits, 2 points will be added for each.

3.      Public Rating Rules

  • Shortlisted works will be ranked according to the number of votes each receives during the exhibition period, with the following formula used:
  • Public rating score = 10 x (Number of votes for a work/Number of votes for the work in first place)

4.      Final Rating Rules

Total score = Final judging panel score (80 points) + Public rating score (10 points) + HMS integration bonus points 

4.1     Final Judging Panel Score

  • 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.

4.2     HMS Integration Bonus Points

A maximum of 10 points can be added for HMS integration. 4 points will be added for integrating each of the following kits: IAP, Ads Kit, Map Kit, Push Kit, Location Kit, ML Kit, AR Engine, Nearby Service, Wireless Kit, hQUIC Kit, Network Kit, CG Kit, Scene Kit, Wear Engine, DeviceVirtualization Engine, and Cast Engine. For other kits, 2 points will be added for each.

Entrant’s Personal Information

Information collected from entrants is subject to the Devpost’s Privacy Policy, which is available at https://info.devpost.com/privacy.

Contact us

Contest Email: appsup.eu@huawei.com

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Contest Guide

For more information about the contest, feel free to download the Contest Guide.