Learn what our judges are looking for.

When you build your app, keep in mind what our judges will be looking for. Beyond that, the sky’s the limit.

Process & criteria

Round 1

In the first round, teams will earn points for things like user ratings, number of downloads, and other factors. The top ten teams from each of the four regions (North America, Latin America, Europe Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific) will advance to the next round.

Round 2

In the next round, we will assess the overall quality of your app, including your app’s design and intuitiveness, its value to users, and other factors listed in the terms and conditions. We’ll choose one finalist from each region (four regional finalists in total) to advance to the final round.

Round 3

Finally, our panel of six independent judges will review the regional finalists’ business reports and award the Grand Prize to one lucky team.

Meet our judges


Co-founder, Application Developers Alliance

Jon is the President of the Application Developers Alliance, a nonprofit organization he co-founded in 2012 to support developers as creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Today, his favorite apps are those that make his life easier and more enjoyable.


President of Publishing, GLU Mobile

Chris Akhavan is the President of Publishing for one of the leading global developers in gaming, Glu Mobile. He oversees Glu’s worldwide business operations including user acquisition, marketing, monetization, partnerships, business intelligence, and international expansion. Some of Glu’s most notable hit games include Deer Hunter and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. His favorite apps are True Skate, Spaceteam, Spotify, and Glympse.


VP Americas, News Republic

Robert is the Americas Vice President for News Republic, the 2015 Mobile World Congress award winner for Best Mobile Media and Publishing App. Robert builds media partnerships to deliver the best news content and builds alliances to drive usage of the News Republic apps. His favorite app is News Republic, of course. He also loves Appy Geek, Evernote, Pushbullet, Strava, Candy Crush Soda, and Monument Valley.


Director of Engineering, Google

Greg got his start in computing as a hacker at the age of 11 and is now an eight-year Googler who manages a team of frontend engineers for one of Google’s most well-known ad products. One of Greg's favorite apps is Waze. He says, “Don't commute without it. Or, at the very least, don't exceed the speed limit.”


Director of Business Development for Google Play, Google

Purnima is the Global Head of Apps and Games business development at Google Play, helping leading companies as well as fledgling entrepreneurs create mobile businesses and reach global audiences. She also serves on the board of SVForum, fostering entrepreneurship through education and mentorship.


Head of Publishers, Domains and Distribution, Google

Craig Warner is a ten-year veteran of Google, and leads a group that helps support the industry's top app developers. When Craig isn’t building his own suite of physical apps, he’s using a Random Poetry Generator app, which he runs on a dedicated tablet in his kitchen and has increased his reading of poetry 1000%.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll build.