Those are challenging times for Huawei with the company having to stop developing and manufacturing Kirin processors, and their temporary license to get support from Google has recently expired.
But necessity is the mother of inventions, so Huawei has stocked up on chips to give it time to find alternatives and is developing its own software ecosystem. But app developers won’t simply spend time working on apps for the platform without some incentive, so Huawei has launched the HMS App Innovation Contest with one million dollars in prize money. HMS stands for Huawei Mobile Service and looks like the equivalent of GMS, with the app store being called “HUAWEI AppGallery”.
The contest is open to developers in most countries, but unsurprisingly there’s no option for developers in North America (USA/Canada). However, the contest is global and it still looks possible to get a Huawei ID from any country.
The schedule for the five zones is identical:
- June 30 – October 8 (UTC+8) – Registration & submission
- October 9 – October 21 (UTC+8) – Preliminary – A judging panel reviews submitted works and selects 20 works in each region
- October 22 – November 5 (UTC+8) – Public review – Shortlisted works will be exhibited at the contest official website to promote around the world, and their further selections are based on the number of downloads and votes they get
- November (UTC+8) – Finals results announcement for each region
Developers who register for the contest will get a $200 voucher for Huawei Cloud, and a $4,000 voucher after app submissions. This is not included in the prize money, which will be distributed to the developers of the best apps and games in November as shown in the table below for the APAC region.
The cash column indeed adds up to $200,000 per region, and developers will also get a Cloud Resource voucher matching the cash rewards, plus some “Cloud Academy Credits” that should allow you to access online training sessions and get certifications.
Visit the contest page to find out more and enter.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.