Terms & Conditions

Windows Phone 7 App Challenge 
Official Rules

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COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:

These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 App Challenge Contest promotion will operate (“Contest”). In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft, the sponsor of this Contest. “You” refers to an eligible Contest entrant.

CONTEST DESCRIPTION:

This is a skill-based Contest open to developers in the field of software or mobile technology. The object of this Contest is to create the best application coded for Windows Phone 7 (WP7). For purposes of this Contest, each application coded on WP7 will be called an "entry". All entries will be judged using the criteria described below to determine the winners of the prizes described below.

WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?

Please select the country in which you are participating for more details on the start and end date of the competition ("Entry Period"). Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible.

CAN I ENTER?

You are eligible to enter this Contest if you meet the following requirements at the time of entry:

This Contest is void outside of the locations listed above and wherever else prohibited by law.

WHAT CONSTITUTES AN ELIGIBLE ENTRY?

To be eligible for judging your application must meet the following content / technical requirements:

In addition:

HOW DO I ENTER?

To enter, you must do all of the following:

  1. Submit the Official Entry Form for the contest. You will need to provide the following information:
    1. First/Last name of individual developer
  2. Email address
  3. Job Role (please select one)
  4. Company (optional)
  5. City (optional)
  6. The name and description of your application
  7. Screenshots from your application
  8. A summary of your application (255 characters or less)
  9. Upload your application (XAP file) to this website via the registration page

Each individual may submit an unlimited number of applications along with his/her registration details.

We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason. In addition, we will automatically disqualify any incomplete or illegible entry or any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.

HOW WILL MY ENTRY BE POTENTIALLY USED?

Other than what is set forth below, we are not claiming any ownership rights to your entry. However, by submitting your entry, you:

WINNER DETERMINATION AND PRIZES

On or around the close of the Entry Period, all eligible entries will be judged according to the criteria listed below. Judging will take place as follows:

A panel of judges will review all semi-finalist entries according to the criteria listed below and will select prize winners to receive the prize(s) listed on the country specific page .

Judging Criteria

The decisions of the judges are final and binding. If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than described above.

In the event of a tie between any eligible entries, an additional judge will break the tie based on the judging criteria described above. The decisions of the judges are final and binding. If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than the number of Contest Prizes described below.

Contest Prizes

If you are confirmed as a winner of this Contest:

WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS AM I AGREEING TO BY ENTERING?

By entering this Contest you agree:

WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE CONTEST CAN'T RUN AS PLANNED?

If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Contest, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Contest. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Contest, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Contest.

If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Contest by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Contests, so please play fairly.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHO WON?

Your local Microsoft subsidiary representative can be contacted for more details about the competition and will also inform all winners at the appropriate time after the competition judging is complete. For more details consult the country specific web page for registration, where you will find more specific details.