About 5 months ago developers from across the globe witnessed the launch of the Google Cloud Developer Challenge. This contest invited developers to build locally relevant web applications built on Google App Engine that solve real world problems and “WOW” the world through the deft application of Google APIs like the Google+, YouTube and Maps APIs.

The competition launched on September 4th, 2013 and first round of submissions closed on November 22nd, 2013. The challenge had two categories for submissions as follows:
  • Enterprise/Small Business Solutions , Education, Not for Profit
  • Social / Personal Productivity/Games / Fun

Submissions were sent in from all the six challenge regions across the world:
  • Latin America
  • Sub Saharan Africa
  • South East Asia
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • India
  • Rest of the World

Participants chose the category that best described their submissions.

After receiving 434 submissions in the first round,  it took 80 judges from 26 countries worldwide working with judges from Google to select 98 finalists who would go on to compete for the grand prize in their regions. The finalists had over 3 weeks to improve their apps and resubmit for the final judging round carried out by Googlers from around the world.

It is therefore a great pleasure to announce the 12 winners of the 2013 edition of the Google Cloud Developer Challenge. You can find the details of the 12 winning apps here. We would like to appreciate the efforts of all the developers and judges from around the world that helped make the contest a memorable one.

-Posted by Chukwuemeka Afigbo, Program Manager