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Incentives for App Developers

There are so many incentive programs for our developers right now that I needed a list just to keep track of them all. Below is what I have so far, thanks in large part to Jeff Blankenburg and Ryan Lowdermilk.

I’m sure we’ve missed other incredible opportunities, so if you know of anything that should be on the list please e-mail me and let me know.

 

Student Store Accounts (Students Only)

Students, did you know that you can get your Windows Phone and Windows 8 developer accounts for free?

Here are all the details, step-by-step:

How to get your free student Windows 8 store account

How to get your free student Windows Phone store account

 

Generation App

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Generation App is an ongoing loyalty program for developers of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 store apps.

Link: bit.ly/winappsupport

Platforms: Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

Ends: Ongoing

Phone: 1-800-895-4212

Hours: M-F 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific

Incentives:

  • Up to 30 minutes with a Windows 8 design expert to review your app and provide guidance on creating a stunning user experience.
  • Up to 30 minutes with a Windows 8 architect to assist with building on Windows 8.
  • More incentives to be announced soon…

Windows 8 App Madness (Students Only)

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With this challenge we hope to excite and motivate thousands of students to build Windows 8 apps over the next 2 months!

Link: http://aka.ms/Windows8AppMadness

Platforms: Windows 8

Ends: 4/11/2013

Incentives:

  • $100 gift card per app! (limit 5)
  • Accelerator: 4 sprints during the challenge. The student who publishes the most apps during the sprint wins a trip for 2.
  • Facebook poll of students will determine the trip destination. Get voting!

Ultimate Experience

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Ultimate Experience has some cool prizes and it’s more like a raffle than a competition.

Link: generationapp.com/ultimateexperience

Platforms: Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

Ends: 2/28/2013

Incentives:

  • 1 App: Store account fees reimbursed and a copy of Halo 4
  • 1+ Apps: Every app increases the chance of winning one of 12 XBOX consoles with Kinect
  • 1+ Apps: Every app increases the chance of winning one of 3 trips to visit Microsoft Game Studios

WP Next App Star

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Your chance to be on TV, win devices and more!

Link: bit.ly/wp8appstar

Platforms: Windows Phone 8

Ends: 3/5/2013

Incentives:

64 Winners Receive:

  • A Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone
  • Featured promotion in the Windows Phone Store
  • Exposure via online media
  • A 1-year free Dev Center subscription

Grand Prize:

  • All of the above, PLUS Featured placement of your app in a Windows Phone primetime TV ad in the U.S

Nokia DVLUP

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This Nokia developer loyalty program keeps the fun and prizes coming year round. This program is currently in beta and a code is required to join, so you can e-mail me and I’ll see if I can get you a beta code.

Link: dvlup.com

Platforms: Windows Phone 8

Ends: Ongoing

Incentives:

  • Get credit for old phones (any make and model) toward a new Nokia
  • Submit applications to challenges and win experience points
  • Cash in experience points for prizes like Nokia phones, gift cards (Amazon, Starbucks, etc.), XBOX consoles and more
  • New challenges and new prizes every month

Nokia Buy 1 Get 1 Free

While this is not specific to developers, Nokia is running a buy-one 920, get the second 920 for free.  On AT&T, this comes out to two Nokia 920s, for $99.  For people wanting to develop for Windows Phone 8, this deal might be the icing on the cake.  — Thanks to Wiliam Fink for the tip!

Link: http://www.nokia.com/us-en/products/phone/lumia920/

Platforms: Windows Phone 8

Ends: 2/21/2013

Incentives:

  • 2 phones for the price of one!

Social Good Contest

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Windows 8 Apps for Social Good invites both new and seasoned developers to create an app for “social good”.

Link: bit.ly/win8socialgood

Platforms: Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

Ends: 2/28/2013

Incentives:

  • Best Overall Windows 8 App: $15,000 + Windows Phone
  • Best Overall Windows Phone 8 App: $15,000 + Windows Phone
  • People’s Choice: $10,000 + Windows Phone


Dev support, design support and more awesome goodness on the way: bit.ly/winappsupport


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