General Questions
How do I follow the Challenge and get updates?
Who can I contact if I have questions about the challenge? 

Submission Requirements
What do I need to use to build my submission?
What APIs or datasets can I include in my submission?
Why do I have to upload a video?
What should I put in my video?
Does my submission need to be submitted to an online store?

Testing Process
How can I provide Devpost with access to test my submission?

Eligibility & IP
Who is eligible to enter the competition?
We are an organization. Can we enter?
Do the submissions have to be newly created for this competition, or can they be preexisting?
Can more than one person work on a submission and receive credit for it? And if the submission wins a prize, how will the prize money be split among the creators?
Can my submission win more than one prize?
Can I enter more than one submission?
Do I transfer intellectual property ownership? 
What else will you do with my submission?

 

How do I follow the challenge and get updates?

When you register for the challenge, you’ll automatically be signed up to receive updates regarding the challenge. Follow us on Twitter at @Devpost.

 

Who can I contact if I have questions about the challenge?

Email Support@Devpost.com or post a question to the discussion board.

 

What do I need to use to build my submission?

To build your submission you’ll need to utilize one or more of the provided public datasets listed on the Challenge Resources page. You may use any tool you like to analyze this data. Remember that you'll also need to highlight your insights in a static or interactive data visualization, OR a data-centric, functional software application.

   

Can I used other APIs or datasets in my submission?

You may use whatever APIs and SDKs you choose, as long as you are authorized to use and distribute them. Remember, you must use at least one of the public datasets listed on the Challenge Resources page.

  

Why do I have to upload a video?

A video helps ensure that all users can view and experience your submission. The video will also be helpful to the panel of judges. You may create a screencast or use a handheld video camera to make your video, or choose any other method that captures the submission's value and user interface. 

  

What should I put in my video?

Aside from your actual application, your submission video is one of the most important parts of your entry. In fact, it’s often one of the first, and sometimes only, things that judges and voters view. Your video should include an explanation of the data used, an explanation of the analysis, and a walk-through demo of the visualization or application. Videos should be 5 minutes or less.

Make a great first impression by following these tips on what to include in your video:

  • Include a step-by-step demo. Demonstrate your solution's key features by showing them functioning on an appropriate device. While audio isn’t required, narration or text bubbles can help judges and voters understand your submission.
  • Keep it simple. Per the official rules, your video shouldn’t be longer than five minutes. In the words of Leonardo da Vinci, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to upload your video. Keep in mind that the time it takes to upload/process a video on YouTube or Vimeo varies greatly depending on the format of your original video, the file size, upload traffic and Internet connection speed, and could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours or more.

 

Does my submission need to be publicly available or submitted to an online store?

No, your submission is not required to be publicly available by the time you submit to the challenge, but if it is not make sure you’ve provided us access to the code and install file (if applicable) for testing using one of the methods below.

 

How can I provide Devpost with access to test my submission?

All submitters must upload their analysis code into their submissions for judging purposes (this will not be made public). In addition, if you've created a software application, you must provide a way for us to test your solution at no cost.

Submissions which include hardware and wearable technology:

If the submission runs on or includes proprietary hardware or hardware (including wearable technology) that is not widely available to the public, the Sponsor and/or Administrator reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to require the submitter to provide access to the physical hardware solution, or device required to test the solution, upon request.

Traditional Applications: For solutions running on widely available devices or hardware, please allow us to test using one of the following methods.

Android solution: Upload an .apk file in the submission form or provide a link for us to download your solution in the “Testing Instructions” field on the submission form.

iOS Applications: If your solution is available on the App Store please provide a link in the “Website URL” field on the submission form. If you charge for your app, please also provide a promo code.

If your solution is not yet publicly available, send a test build using one of the following methods:

Diawi

Send us your beta file via Diawi. After uploading your file, Diawi creates a unique short URL to access the installation page (for ex: aBcDeF). When opened in Safari on the iOS device, the page will display a link to install the application. Note that you will need to include provisioning for one or more of the UDIDs below.

Beta by Crashalytics

You may send the Administrator a beta test via Crashalytics. Use the Administrator’s testing email (testing@Devpost.com) and UDID’s to provision a build and send the Administrator a link via the “Share Links” button. Add the testing link to the Enter a Submission form under “iOS Build Link”.  Beta by Crashalytics is a free service. Please review the how-to for their Beta Distribution tool.

Administrator UDIDs:

  • iPad (iOS 6.0.1) 6a2cb1d4ba2d242db1db48c59c91744cebfc68a9
  • iPod Touch 4th Gen (iOS 5.0.1)13d9c9e50d705446c07fc5d2c3c3144c69ffc576
  • iPhone 5 (iOS 8.3) 4c4270daadcf6f2dcd38ef407c38c01c3fa849b8
  • iPhone 5 (iOS 8.3) c94acc0069278cee4b38e4d27ae3f838bf50aa79
  • iPhone 6 (iOS 8.3) ac3c04f10b03e033bc31a0d14146d5740bc7db54

TestFlight / iTunes Connect

Enter the Administrator’s email address to share a build for testing. The Administrator’s TestFlight account email is: testing@Devpost.com. Please note that if you add the Administrator as an “External Tester” your Application will need to go through Beta App Review before you can send your build. This could lead to delay and in order for your Submission to be eligible, you must send your test build before the end of the Challenge Submission Period. To learn more about TestFlight via iTunes Connect, please review the iTunes Connect Developer Guide and the TestFlight Video Tutorial.

Send a testing link to the Administrator at: testing@Devpost.com, and add the testing link on the Enter a Submission form under “iOS Build Link”. Please note that there is a fee to use HockeyApp.

Windows Phone solution: Upload an .xap file in the submission form or provide a link for us to download your solution in the “Testing Instructions” field on the submission form.

Web/Mobile Web: Provide a link for us to access your solution on the “Testing Instructions” field on the submission form.

BlackBerry: Upload the appropriate installation files in the submission form or provide a link for us to download your installation file in the “Testing Instructions” field on the submission form.

Kindle: Upload the appropriate installation files on the submission form or provide a link for downloading your installation file in the “Testing Instructions” field on the submission form.

Mac OS: Upload the appropriate installation files in the submission form or provide a link for us to download your installation file in the “Testing Instructions” field on the submission form.

Windows PC: Upload the appropriate installation files (.exe) in the submission form or provide a link for us to download your .exe file in the “Testing Instructions” field on the submission form.

  

Who is eligible to enter the competition?

Generally, the challenge is open to individuals, and teams of individuals, who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry. Teams can be independent or sponsored by legally registered corporations or organizations.

Generally, current AT&T employees may compete, but only in the AT&T Employee Awards prize track.

Please review the Official Rules for complete eligibility requirements.

 

We are an organization. Can we enter?

Organizations with 50 or fewer employees may enter and compete for cash prizes. Organizations with more than 50 employees may enter and compete only for the Large Organization Recognition Award, which has no cash prize. Organizations are not eligible for any of the AT&T employee Awards.

 

Do the submissions have to be newly created for this competition, or can they be preexisting?

Submissions may be newly created or pre-existing. However, if submitting an existing application (developed prior to this competition), the submitter must have integrated one or more of the required datasets and new functionality after the start of the submission period.

  

Can more than one person work on an submission and receive credit for it? And if the submission wins a prize, how will the prize money be split among the creators?

Yes, teams are encouraged except in the case of active AT&T employees, who may only compete as individuals. If an independent team of individuals is selected as an award winner, the full prize amount will be sent to the team’s representative. It will be up to the winning team’s representative to allocate the prize money between the team members. On the other hand, if a team is sponsored by an entity with 50 or fewer employees, the team is eligible for a monetary prize, but the prize will be paid to the sponsoring entity, not the team or its members.

  

Can my submission win more than one prize?

No. Eligible submissions may only win one prize.

 

Can I enter more than one submission?

Yes. There is no limit to how many times an eligible person or team may enter. An individual may also participate as a member of more than one team. However, if you submit two or more submissions that are identical or substantially similar, the Sponsor and Devpost reserve the right to disqualify all the submissions or require you to choose one submission to enter into the competition.

 

Do I transfer intellectual property ownership?

No, but by submitting to the challenge, you do grant a license to display and use for promotional purposes the Submission on terms more specifically expressed in the Official Rules.

 

What else will you do with my submission?

The Sponsor and Devpost will also be allowed to use personal information about you publicize your name on the challenge website in connection with the submission and the challenge during the competition and for 36 months after its conclusion. For more information on publicity rights, please see the Official Rules.