Microsoft has announced the winners of the â€œBig App on Campusâ€ contest, which encouraged students to develop for the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.
For the contest the apps were divided into free and paid categories, with each winner receiving $15,000. In addition two People’s Choice winners, based on a Facebook vote, received $2,500.
Winners were chosen 75% by the number of downloads their app received and 25% by the number of likes on the contestâ€™s Facebook page.
The winner in the Paid category was our own Andrew Baresâ€™ Power Planner app, an app described as the "ultimate homework planner", which helps students stay on track with their classes. The app has 163 reviews and a 5-star average and is $1.99+free trial.
The winner in the free category is Ninja Fruit by Jeremiah Isaacson of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In Ninja Fruit you play Green Lime, a citrus warrior seeking revenge on the millions of human ninjas whoâ€™ve been slicing and dicing your fellow fruit on a daily basis.
The first Peopleâ€™s Choice award went to ScanBizCards by Chevon Christie of CUNY/Hunter College. His business card app uses the phone camera to scan the info on a card and add it to your contacts and is $6.99+free trial.
The second Peopleâ€™s Choice went to Baconit and Quinn Damerell of Purdue University for his well-designed Reddit app, which has nearly 1000 ratings and a 5-star average.
When asked what he will do with his $15,000 winnings Andrew said â€œRepay my parents for all the things they have done for me. After that, I may possibly buy a used motorcycle, or be responsible and invest in some stocks! But hey, motorcycles get 50 MPG, I would call that responsible!â€
Jeremiah responded to the same question by saying: â€œThe funds will go to college expenses, to support a great non-profit organization called Kiva.org, to purchasing a new development laptop so that I can continue to develop apps when I am on the go, and a portion will go into savings.â€
Read more about the contest at the Windows Team Blog here.