With Online Hackathon, Microsoft Hopes to Bridge Gaps for Windows 8 - Page 2
There will be the standard judging panel that most hackathons use, but this will only account for half of the score. There will also be public voting that accounts for the other half. According to the rules, apps will be judged based upon four criteria:
- Originality of Application Concept: Unique and inventive nature of the application. This includes factors such as whether the application presents information not available elsewhere, presents information in unique way, or allows information to be related in new ways.
- Quality of Execution / Functionality: This evaluates whether or not the application does as it claims and that components and features are functional. Applications do not need to be completed but the submitted product should have a sense of refinement (e.g. no broken links).
- User Experience: Design of the application in terms of usability. This includes factors such as usability (efficiency, learnability, memorability, and effectiveness), user behavior (user satisfaction, user activity, ability to retain user preferences, accessible), design (attention holding aesthetics, easy navigation, enticing content, appropriate layout), and environment (adequate performance, uses common libraries, maintainable, secure).
- Implementation of Windows 8 Design Principles: This evaluates how well the applications incorporate the design principles and unique features of Windows 8.
Microsoft and CoderCharts will be adding a social component to the mix as well. There will be a Facebook Group, Facebook Page, forum, and Twitter hashtags (#win8apphack and #windows8) to keep participants and spectators interacting. The social engagement is one of the parts of hackathons that appeals to many developers.
If Microsoft can pull this off, they’ll be well-positioned for their Windows 8 launch. As much as hardware and operating system, apps are the cornerstone that can draw in and keep mobile device users. This App-a-Thon will be a good barometer about the future of Windows 8.