$1m USD prize money Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest

Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) App Innovation Contest (Apps UP) aims to inspire talented developers across the globe to create seamless, smart, and innovative digital experiences, and explore the future of digital intelligence. By highlighting pioneering HMS open capabilities, the competition gives app developers the tools to build tomorrow’s all-connected world.

2020 Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest attracted more than 3,000 teams from over 170 countries and regions in the five competition regions (Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, and China). 20 outstanding apps were shortlisted in each region, among thousands of HMS innovative apps submitted. These apps covered every facet of daily life, inspiring smart experiences in health and fitness, education, agriculture, environmental protection, transportation, and public safety, among many others. The contest reached more than four million developers.

The theme for this year’s Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest is “HMS Innovate for All”. Huawei has set aside US$1 million from its Shining Star Program as prize money for the contest. US$200,000 will be allocated for each region: Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, and China. The contest opened on June 10, 2021, and involve four phases: Registration & submission, preliminary, public review, and regional finals.

As of June, 2021, over 4 million global developers had registered with Huawei, and more than 134,000 apps had integrated HMS Core. HMS is now the third largest mobile app ecosystem in the world.

Special rewards scheme to help more developers realize their dreams
Huawei has set aside US$1 million from its Shining Star Program as prize money for the contest. US$200,000 will be allocated for each region. In China, the awards include five Best Apps, three Best Games, three Best Social Impact Apps, two Best HMS Core Innovation Awards, two All-Scenario Coverage Awards, and four Honorable Mentions. A Tech Women’s Award has also been set up, with the goal of encouraging outstanding female developers and teams. The maximum prize money for some of the above awards reaches US$15,000. In 2020 Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest, winners from all five regions shared US$1 million in prize, including 18 teams in China, who won a total of US$200,000.

Shared success, through cross-device, cross-ecosystem distribution and promotion

This contest encourages the development of innovative, localized apps, through the use of Huawei’s dedicated ecosystem and promotional resources. Winners are also eligible for additional rewards, such as AppGallery promotional resources, Huawei cloud resources, and exclusive incentives for paid HMS Core capabilities, among others. Developers in China can earn the chance to win HUAWEI Developers Training benefits.

Distinguished judging panel, with diverse professional experience
Judges at the contest include technical experts, executives and founders in finance and tech, leading tech media voices, and representatives from non-profit sectors. Their abundant experience will prove invaluable to contestants, inspiring them to greater heights.

Initiatives to nurture innovation and entrepreneurship among talented female developers

The contest includes a new Tech Women’s Award, and will feature speeches from outstanding women in tech, with the goal of supporting and encouraging – together with HUAWEI Women Developers – female developers in realizing their dreams by pursuing groundbreaking work.

Comprehensive technical support, opening new doors in app innovation
Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) provide global developers with unique hardware and software synergy, powering unprecedented success, with solutions that facilitate efficient development and quick customer acquisition. All-device distribution through a single point of access, allows developers to focus solely on innovation, providing Huawei device users with the best possible seamless smart experiences.

Fully-open HMS Core: All HMS Core capabilities are open to developers. HMS Core 5.0 was officially launched in June 2020, opening up seven domains: App services, graphics, AI, media, system, security, and smart device, with a total of 60 kits and more than 12,000 APIs. To support efficient integration of HMS Core, Huawei provides a range of development tools, such as HMS Toolkit and Reality Studio, which enable developers to quickly build acclaimed apps at remarkably low costs.

Full-process support service: The HMS Connect platforms provide developers and partners with comprehensive services, including development, testing, release, and operations, among many others. AppGallery Connect, which is closely related to the contest, offers support across the entire app lifecycle: Innovation, development, distribution, operation, and analysis, helping developers carry out optimally efficient operations.

Full-lifecycle support: HUAWEI Developers provides efficient one-stop operations support services covering the entire app and service development lifecycle. The platform is supported in Chinese, English, and Russian. It’s capable of verifying the identity of enterprises, individuals, merchants, and customers that have registered for a HUAWEI ID, and offering a wide array of services, including reporting, Email Direct Marketing (EDM), direct messaging, and advertising through Huawei’s official media channels. Furthermore, developers can enjoy access to real time technical support. Payments generated from apps and services are supported in more than 220 countries and regions and across a broad range of currencies.

For further information or register for the competition please visit HERE

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