The way I read the rules, applications can be submitted at any time up to the deadline. Starting after that date/time, submissions will be reviewed and the first five submissions that meet the minimum criteria defined in the rules will be selected as finalists to compete in the Grand Prize beta-test. Only during that beta test will there be any evaluation of the merit and usability of the app, and the app can be enhanced at any time subsequent to submission and prior to start the beta testing period.
Is this a correct reading of the rules? If so, it raises the following clarifying questions:
1. Will the app be downloaded immediately upon submission or only when the judging period begins in July (e.g. can the app be enhanced in the interim between submission and judging)?
2. Can the app be enhanced between the date a finalist is selected/notified and when the beta testing period actually begins/ends?
Why would there be no judging of the submission to select the finalists. One could meet the requirements as listed with the most basic of apps but not provided the core functionality that is the spirit of the challenge.
There must be some level of judgement of the submissions instead of the FIRST five.
Maybe they meant TOP five.
Considering there is $10,000 riding on being a finalist I would think they would put a modicum of review and judgement on top of those chosen five.
MODERATOR - can you please reply to this discussion so as to clarify submission timeline and judging process - there is obvious confusion.
I interpret the process to be as follows:
Based upon all of the submissions that meet the challenge requirements and are received by the deadline, judges will select the top five. If there are more than 5, then the judges will use date of submission as a criteria to determine the top five. Please conform. Thanks.