It’s not a surprise that forward –thinking developers are already jumping on the opportunities the Windows 8 platform opens up for them. 40 million Windows 8 copies sold in the first month (true, we don’t know the installation rate yet, but it is still an impressive number), being the expected platform of choice for the enterprise and allowing developers to reuse existing skills are just some of the reasons Windows 8 is so appealing to developers. Presumably the Store already exceeded the 20,000 apps mark. With Windows 8, even smaller development shops or independent developers have their shot at creating the next app phenomena. And no matter how great your idea and implementation might be, additional funding always helps.

To that end I’ve compiled a list of active Windows 8 app challenges as well as a website with great resources and coaching/mentoring opportunities.

Windows 8 App Generator
The Windows 8 App Challenge
Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest 
Power Up Competition
The Developer Movement
Imagine Cup Windows 8 App Challenge
App to the Future
Generation App
Start Building Your Windows 8 App Today

And if you are looking to speed up your app’s time to market try Telerik RadControls for Windows 8 – native HTML and XAML libraries for building Win8 apps.
The suite is already used in a number of apps on the store, including the official Windows 8 app of booking.com. Read the case study here.
About the Author

Ina Tontcheva

(@pakostina) is a Product Marketing Manager at Telerik. She is a digital and mobile marketing explorer and works at Telerik with a focus on the native mobile UI family.

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