Build an App on Google Cloud Platform to Win $100,000

February 17, 2015

3:10 pm

We are proud to announce our partnership with Google to promote the Google Cloud Platform Build-Off contest, running through February 28!

Who’s Building on the Google Cloud Platform?

The Google Cloud Platform offers a full suite of tools for building powerful apps. The platform tools include Google App Engine, Compute Engine, Container Engine, Cloud Datastore, Cloud SQL, Cloud Storage, BigQuery, and Cloud Pub/Sub. Google Plus also hosts multiple avenues for community support, including the Official Google Cloud Platform Community.

When Pulse wanted to leverage a powerful app-building platform to optimize their news reader application and deliver content quickly to iPads, iPhones, Androids, and other mobile devices, they took advantage of Google App Engine’s caching features to speed delivery of data and images. This allowed them to achieve a 70-fold increase in users in about a year and a half, and create an app that was named to the Apple App Store Hall of Fame. The Pulse app saw a vast increase in user demand early on, and the Google App Engine provided the ability to speed content delivery and allow for fast and efficient rollout of new features.

“As we’ve grown, App Engine has scaled with us. We’ve been able to scale to many orders of magnitude without having to re-architect our systems.” —Greg Bayer, Vice President of Platforms, Pulse

Pulse isn’t the only major company company to leverage the Google Cloud Platform to accommodate rapid growth. Snapchat is among the 10 most downloaded mobile apps of any type for both Android and iOS. Here’s a look at the Snapchat story:

Snapchat Google Cloud


Build Your App on the Google Cloud Platform

So, if you’ve got an idea to build an app in the music, film, or gaming vertical, Google has got an amazing contest for you. Build this app using at least one of the platform products in the Google Cloud Platform, host the submission on GitHub, and get your app in front of a team of elite Google judges to compete for some amazing prizes.

  • First prize:  $100,000 Google Cloud Platform Startup Credit with 24/7 support & $5,000 in cash, and the potential to present the app at SXSW!
  • Second prize: $20,000 in Google Cloud Platform Credit & $3,000 in cash
  • Third prize: $10,000 in Google Cloud Platform Credit & $1,000 in cash

That’s a lot of runway for a startup. It’s an amazing chance to get your app and your skills in front of some very prestigious eyes, as well. When your application is submitted to the Google Cloud Platform Build-Off, an expert panel of judges from Google’s product marketing, developer advocacy, and business development departments will be performing the review. How often do you get that opportunity? The judges will be reviewing the submissions based on the following criteria:

1. How well does this application effectively meet a need in one of these categories – music, film, or gaming?

2. How original and creative is this approach to solving a challenge?

3. How well are the tools of the Google Cloud Platform used, and are they a key component of the overall application?

4. Does this application’s architecture and overall implementation display evidence of technical prowess?

For more details on the exact criteria and rules of the contest, be sure to carefully review the full list of terms and conditions. But briefly, you may enter either as an individual or as a member of a team that includes up to three people. Only one application per team can be submitted per track. These submissions cannot have been previously available through any website or app marketplace. By 11:59:59 p.m. PT on February 28, 2015, the online submission form must be completed with the URL to a GitHub repository and must include:
1) A 150-word summary with detailed instructions
2) A two-to-five-minute demo video
3) Source code

So what’s your idea? And if it goes big, do you know that your hosting platform will be there to support it? Take the case of SongPop, an app with which I’m quite familiar (just ask my teammates about my song lyric knowledge. It’s scary.) SongPop was released in 2012 and made the top 5 most downloaded app that same year. In less than 6 months, the app went from 0 to more than 10,000 queries per second on their servers. What do you think these servers run on? Google App Engine. And where are all of these songs stored? Google Cloud Storage. Get your music, film, or gaming app running on Google Cloud Platform and join the Build-Off today! Time is running out.




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Previously the Managing Editor at Tech.Co, Ann Diab has a background of launching and nurturing of startups and tech companies. Empowering and educating entrepreneurs and startups to better productivity and culture is her passion. Growth Manager at WorkingOn to enable folks all over the world to enjoy work and improve communication. Follow me on Twitter.

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