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Symbian Qt Quick Components Competition 2012Q1

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Migrate your apps to the new Symbian Belle platform style using the Symbian Qt Quick Components, and win a Nokia 808 PureView!


Announcements.pngCompetition Complete (27 Mar 2011): This competition is complete. The list of entries that will be evaluated is given below (if you entered, please check your app is present in the list) We will be evaluating the entries over the coming weeks.

We're having an app design competition! In order to compete you need to have an application that uses Symbian Qt Quick Components and provide a wiki article that describes the key elements of your application design. The article should be detailed enough for us to assess the elegance of your design, and should ideally point us to a binary version we can test.

The prize, a Nokia 808 PureView.

The winning apps will demonstrate UI design flair and style while remaining faithful to the core Symbian platform style (as captured by the design and iconography guidelines). We expect they will mix both standard and custom components, and have innovative approaches to branding and other design elements.

Announcements.pngAs soon as we can get hold of them from the factory, the winners will receive one of three new Nokia 808 PureView devices, featuring an unbelievable 41 megapixel camera and the new Symbian Belle UI. The winners will be among the first to get their hands on these truly amazing devices!

If that's not enough, then consider that as winner of a Nokia Developer competition your app will be featured in our Community, Wiki, and Project home pages, as well as in our developer newsletters (and other channels, documentation and promotional material, which we see fit) - giving your app immediate visibility with hundreds of thousands of your peers, users and potential employers!

The Symbian Qt Quick Components are available in the Qt SDK v1.1.4. Read the Symbian Design Guidelines and off you go!

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How to participate

Study the Symbian Design Guidelines. Create a great application (or port an existing one) using the Symbian Qt Quick Components. Write a wiki article showing off the main elements of your UI design and provide a link to the real application so we can try it out (for example on Nokia Store)!

Here are the competition rules:

  • The app and associated article must be your own work.
  • The app must run on a mobile device. Apps that are still in design or concept phase will not be accepted.
  • The app can be hosted wherever you like: Nokia Store, Wiki file attachment, Nokia Projects, etc. Note that for open source projects we recommend hosting on Nokia Projects.
  • The app should use Symbian Qt Quick Components where appropriate. Combining these with custom elements to create a great user experience is both expected and encouraged.
  • An article must be created to support the app competition entry. The article should:
    • explain how the app uses the Qt Quick Components, and just as importantly where and why it chooses to use custom components instead.
    • discuss how the app complies with the design guidelines. Include "problem areas" and your innovative approaches to overcome them.
    • have the category Category:Qt Quick and start with the text: {{Note|This is an entry in the [[Symbian Qt Quick Components Competition 2012Q1]]}}
    • be submitted by 19th March 2012
    • contain a link to the application (on Nokia Store, Nokia Projects, or elsewhere).
  • Nokia must have permission to publish a link to your app and screenshots on the wiki, discussion boards, newsletters, and any other mechanisms while promoting this competition and its results. Note that these are automatically granted when you upload them to the wiki by the site Terms and Conditions.

See the fine print for more information.

Evaluation of entries

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The apps will be evaluated by a panel of Nokia UI design experts. The panel will be looking for all the things you would expect in a great app: a consistent and intuitive user experience, appropriate app icon and splash screen, appealing and smooth UI, pervasive but unobtrusive branding etc. The winners will be apps that demonstrate interaction design flair and style, and which use innovative approaches within the constraints of the Symbian Design Guidelines.

In particular, judges will be looking at the following design elements:

  • Logical and consistent navigation structure
    • Back button is used to exit views and the app
    • Important features can be found. They aren't hidden behind odd menus or icons.
    • Intuitive and easy to operate
    • Appropriate icons to represent functionality
  • App icon consistent with Symbian style
  • Correct use of the components
  • Non-threatening interface - don't ask the user for confirmation or passwords unless necessary
  • Good use of screen real estate
  • Utilising the toolbar where appropriate.


The articles are very much secondary - they are your opportunity to explain why you've used a particular approach (particularly where your app does not behave as the design guidelines suggest) and to highlight what sets your design apart. If you can't make a binary version of the app available, then they are our only way of assessing your entry.

The results are expected to be announced in late March/early April.

Useful links


Feedback

Generic questions or comments concerning this competition can be addressed as comments to this wiki page.

List of competition entries

The entries we will be evaluating for this (completed) competition are listed below. If you think we've missed your entry, please add feedback as a comment to this article.

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The fine print

The main sponsor of the competition is Nokia Corporation, Finland (“main sponsor”). The competition is a competition of skill. No purchase or admission fee is necessary to participate. By participating in the competition the participant indicates his/her/its acceptance to these rules and agrees to be bound by them as well as any rules and regulations of Nokia Developer and the Developer’s Wiki. You acknowledge and agree that no form of cheating will be tolerated. Any persons found cheating, as determined in the sole and absolute discretion of the main sponsor, will immediately be disqualified from the contest. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the main sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to amend, withdraw or revise these rules and the prizes at any time without notice and in such event the main sponsor shall not have any liability whatsoever.

This competition shall not constitute a commitment or create a joint venture, partnership, agency or other business relationship between the participants and the main sponsor of this competition. This competition shall not either be understood to grant to any participant whether expressly or by implication any ownership, rights or license to any intellectual property rights of the main sponsor and vice versa. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Nokia shall not be liable for any damages arising out of the participant’s participation to the competition. The laws of Finland shall be applicable to any disputes arising out of the competition. Unless otherwise provided for in applicable mandatory legislation, such disputes will be finally settled in the public court of Helsinki.

Nokia Developer employees and contractors are not eligible for this contest. The competition is open to other Nokia employees (except those working directly for Nokia Developer) with the following limitations:

  1. You should not be directly involved in the development of icons for Nokia platforms or Nokia marketing material
  2. You should use only the published tools and resources - "practice what you preach"
  3. Submissions from the Nokia employees will be judged and prized separately, and will not compete directly with third party developers


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