Microsoft Data


A Windows 8 app contest to make data informative, beautiful, and fun. We'll give away five Windows RT devices*. One of the slates will be awarded to each of the five best apps.


Here's how:

Make an awesome Windows 8 app that uses information about New Zealand or New Zealanders.

You could make use of some of the amazing data sets provided by the Government at data.govt.nz or find your own sources.


To enter your app in the contest:

By 1pm on 30 November 2012: (a) your app must be available in the Windows Store for New Zealand; and (b) you must have emailed a link to your app on the Windows Store to nzforum@microsoft.com.

The app must be free or available on the Windows Store for New Zealand at a price less than NZ$10. If you wish to charge more for your app, you can adjust the price after the judges have made their decision.**

It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you submit your app in time to allow for publication by this deadline. We strongly recommend submitting your finalised Windows Store compliant app well before this to avoid missing the deadline.


Full terms and conditions at right.


* The prizes will be Microsoft Surface devices if they are available for us to purchase and award as prizes in New Zealand by November 2012. Otherwise, we will substitute a Windows RT slate from another manufacturer.

** Please note that if you do not have an existing registration or free access through DreamSpark, BizSpark, MSDN, there is a $70 fee to set up your Windows Store developer registration.

Humanising Data Competition – Terms & Conditions

Eligibility

1. By entering this competition you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
2. To be eligible to receive a prize, you (the entrant) must be a New Zealand resident.

How to Enter

3. To enter, make a Windows 8 app (“app”) that appropriately and lawfully uses data about New Zealand or New Zealanders.
4. By 1pm on 30 November 2012: (a) your app must be available in the Windows Store for New Zealand; and (b) you must have provided a link to your app on the Windows Store to nzforum@microsoft.com. The app must be free or available on the Windows Store for New Zealand at a price less than NZ$10. If you wish to charge more for your app, you can adjust the price after the judges have made their decision. It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you submit your app in time to allow for publication by this deadline. We strongly recommend submitting your finalised Windows Store compliant app well before this to avoid missing the deadline. Please note that if you do not have an existing registration or free access through DreamSpark, BizSpark, MSDN, there is a $70 fee to set up your Windows Store developer registration.
5. Microsoft will give away five Windows RT devices as part of this contest. One Windows RT device will be awarded for each of the five best apps that make data about New Zealand or New Zealanders informative, beautiful, and fun (as decided by the judge). The prizes will be Microsoft Surface devices if they are available for us to purchase and award as prizes in New Zealand by the end of November 2012. Otherwise, we will substitute a Windows RT slate from another manufacturer.
6. You may enter as many apps as you like, but at Microsoft’s discretion any series of similar apps by an entrant will be judged as a single entry (e.g., separate apps that monitor traffic conditions in different locations will be treated as a single entry).
7. You could make use of one or more of approximately 2,000 data sets published by the Government at data.govt.nz on the terms of that site, or find your own sources.

General

1. The competition is a game of skill and Microsoft, in its sole discretion, may determine the winners.
2. Winners will be announced in December 2012 and winners will be invited to a celebratory event where they can share and showcase their work.

Conditions

3. Microsoft is not responsible for entries not received and incomplete, illegible, or otherwise fraudulent entries are not valid.
4. Prizes will be delivered to the New Zealand address the winner nominates at Microsoft's expense.
5. It is a condition of accepting any Prize that the Prize winner agrees to participate in publicity generated by Microsoft (or Microsoft’s marketing partners), and agrees to the use of their name, photo, app name, and app link for promotional purposes without any remuneration.
6. By entering, each entrant grants to each of Microsoft (including Microsoft’s related companies, employees, agents, and contractors), and any judges, an irrevocable, royalty free, fully paid up, worldwide, non-exclusive license to use, review, assess, test and otherwise analyse its entry in connection with this contest. By entering, each entrant acknowledges that (including Microsoft’s related companies, employees, agents, and contractors), and any judges, may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to the entrant’s app(s) and the entrant waives any claims it may have resulting from any similarities to the entrant’s app(s).
7. Employees of Microsoft (and each of their immediate family members) and independent contractors of Microsoft (and each of their immediate family members) are not eligible to enter.
8. Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your Prize, Microsoft may (in its sole discretion) award it to an alternate winner.
9. If you accept a Prize you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the Prize.
10. If for any reason an advertised Prize is unavailable, Microsoft may substitute the advertised Prize for another prize which has approximately the same recommended retail price.
11. Microsoft New Zealand Limited is the promoter of this competition and may modify these terms and conditions at any time without notice.
12. Microsoft reserves the right to cancel, suspend or change the competition or any element of the competition for any reason, including any cancellation, suspension or change necessitated by any event outside Microsoft’s control.
13. The judge's decision in relation to the winners or any other aspect of this competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
14. Microsoft may disqualify, from participating in this competition, any person who tampers with the entry process, or submits an entry not in accordance with these terms and conditions.
15. Microsoft is committed to complying with the Government gift and ethics policies. Employees and independent contractors of the Government must adhere to gift and ethics policies applicable to them when entering this competition or accepting any Prize.
16. Microsoft is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any communications or Internet service. Nor is it responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information caused by any of the equipment, source data, or programming associated with or utilised in this competition, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the course of the administration of this competition.
17. To the extent permitted by law, Microsoft (including Microsoft’s related companies, employees, agents, and contractors), and any judges, will not be liable to you for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage whatsoever, including personal injury, which is suffered as a result of, or arising from, your participation in the competition or winning (or not winning) any Prize.
18. At Microsoft, we are committed to protecting your privacy. Microsoft will collect and use your details for the purposes of running this competition and to send you promotional material that may be of interest to you, as set out below. You can access or request correction of your details by emailing uptodate@microsoft.com.
19. By entering this competition, you consent to Microsoft sending you marketing and promotional material by email or using any of your other contact details Microsoft may have.
20. Microsoft reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold the award of any or all Prizes if entries do not meet the criteria set out in these terms and conditions.

Windows Store app development

Getting started with Windows Store apps
Windows Store app development main site
For anyone: Ryan Tarak’s blog with NZ workshops and information
For students: Microsoft NZ Students page with NZ workshops and information


Inspiration

Jer Thorp on Humanising Data at Tech Ed New Zealand 2012
Dave Coplin on Doing Something with Big Data at the Interactive Scotland @ Turing Festival 2012
NZ Government open data case studies


Submitting an app to the Windows Store

Windows Store announcement and blog.

NB: Once you are ready to publish your completed app to the Windows Store, you will need a Windows Store developer registration. If you do not have an existing registration or free access through DreamSpark, BizSpark, MSDN, there is a $70 fee to set up your Windows Store developer registration.