Convert Your Ideas Into Apps

Nokia announces the “Make My App” contest for Indian consumers; original app ideas stand a chance to win the new Nokia N8

Always longed for the ‘perfect’ application? Have a great idea but don’t quite know how to translate that into a real app? In a run up to the launch of the much anticipated Nokia N8, Nokia has announced the “Make My app” contest inviting consumers across India to send in exciting new ideas for mobile applications. Three best entries will win a cool new Nokia N8, and the winning ideas will be developed into downloadable applications by professional developers and placed on the Ovi Store for consumers to download and enjoy.

The Nokia “Make My App” contest will run from August 19, 2010 to September 19, 2010, ahead of the Nokia N8 going on sale in India. Participation is simple – consumers can log on to, and submit their app ideas under any one or all of four categories, viz. Think Green, Fun and Games, Easier Living and Better World. The ideas will then be opened to public voting online and every week, 10 of the most popular ideas will be shortlisted to the final round. Three “top ideas” will eventually be chosen from the shortlist by a panel of judges.

Commenting on the contest, Viral Oza, Head of Activation, Media and Online Marketing, Nokia India said, “Make My App is an exciting opportunity for all tech enthusiasts to translate their creative ideas into live, downloadable mobile phone applications. “Make My App” is unique as it opens up content creation to consumers, allowing them to share what they think will be a great app and provides them with a platform to co-design apps with professional developers for the Ovi Store. What’s exciting is that the 3 winners will also receive the Nokia N8, our new smartphone, with which people can create compelling content, connect to their favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV and Ovi Store apps.”

5 easy steps to take part
-Log on to
-Enter your name, nick name and email id
-Choose a category
-Describe your app in 300 words

Voting and shortlisting process
-A user can vote for all good ideas, one vote per idea.
-Each Wednesday, the week’s most voted ideas are added to the category short list.
-Votes are authenticated by IP address check.
-At the end of competition, each category has a shortlist.
-Nokia will pick three winners from the shortlist to be developed by Forum Nokia.

The categories.

Think Green: You want to turn your device into a mean green machine? Think of great, eco-friendly app ideas that help save the environment. Do you have an idea for an app that will help individuals reduce their personal carbon footprint? Or perhaps help people to make environmentally sound decisions in their daily lives? This is the category for you.

Fun & Games: Bring on the fun with cool ideas that put the user and device to the test. Here’s your chance to submit apps that are all about FUN! This includes music, multimedia, and of course games! Do you have an idea for an addictive or simple fun game that helps you enjoy a long train journey or to entertain you and your friends?

Easier Living: Make life easier with super user-friendly ideas for home, work or school. This category is for mobile applications that make consumer’s daily lives easier and help them to be more efficient. Think of new and easy ways to organize your life with utilities, business or personal finance applications.

Better World: Imagine an app that teaches people to purify drinking water or locate the nearest medical clinic. In this category, you can make a real difference. Do you have an idea for an application that could teach early literacy to communities around the world? What about an app that could help teach simple first aid or health and safety?

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