Updates

Announcing the winners

7 months ago

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of Viggle App Jam.

View all the winners in the Gallery.

Thanks again to everyone who participated and made the challenge a great success!

The Viggle App Jam team

Public voting is now open

7 months ago

The public voting period for Viggle App Jam has begun. Browse the Submission Gallery and vote for your favorites!

If you’ve entered a submission, be sure to spread the word through your social networks.

Thanks,

The Viggle App Jam team

Deadline tomorrow

8 months ago

The submission deadline for the Viggle App Jam is tomorrow — Thursday, August 22 at 5 p.m. EDT! Are you ready?

If you haven’t already, start your draft and sign up for a Viggle developer account now on section 1.1 of Viggle’s getting started guide. We review submissions on a rolling basis, so if you submit early enough we can alert you to any problems and give you the opportunity to edit your submission before the deadline.

Questions?

We’re here to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the challenge, please post on the discussion board or email us at support@challengepost.com and include “Viggle” in the subject line. If you have a technical question about developing with the Viggle platform, post on the Viggle Google Group.

 

Submissions due Thursday

8 months ago

The submission deadline for the Viggle App Jam is this Thursday, August 22 at 5 p.m. EDT! Are you ready?

If you haven’t already, start your draft and sign up for a Viggle developer account now on section 1.1 of Viggle’s getting started guide.

And don’t forget — we review submissions on a rolling basis, so if you submit early enough we can alert you to any problems and give you the opportunity to edit your submission before the deadline.

Questions?

We’re here to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the challenge, please post on the discussion board or email us at support@challengepost.com and include “Viggle” in the subject line. If you have a technical question about developing with the Viggle platform, post on the Viggle Google Group.

Submission checklist

8 months ago

The deadline for the Viggle App Jam is in one week — submissions must be entered by August 22 at 5 p.m. EDT! Is your submission ready to go? 

Below is a handy checklist to help you wrap things up. 

Submission checklist

  • Did you sign up for Viggle Developer Account on section 1.1 of Viggle’s Getting Started guide for developers?

  • Did you confirm that your app runs on one of the accepted platforms?

  • Did you include detailed, step-by-step testing instructions? Did you write them in layman's terms?

  • Did you include a link to your video on YouTube or Vimeo? Does it walk through your app and describe its features?

  • Do you own the rights to all parts of your submission or follow the licensing requirements for any parts you do not own?

  • Did you describe your app’s functionality in your text description?

  • Have you included at least one image or screenshot of your app?

  • Did you choose a category for your app (synchronized TV app, social TV app or other)?

  • Did you choose your submitter type (individual, team, organization or large organization)?

  • Did you read through the eligibility summary and Official Rules one last time?

 

Did you answer yes to all of these questions? If so, then you’re all set to enter your submission!

 

Questions?

We’re here to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the challenge, please post on the discussion board or email us at support@challengepost.com and include “Viggle” in the subject line. If you have a technical question about developing with the Viggle platform, post on the Viggle Google Group.

Happy coding! You're almost finished!



Submission tips

9 months ago

Heads up! The submission deadline for the Viggle App Jam is August 22, 2013 at 5 p.m. EDT.

Need some help getting your submission in order? Follow these tips for smooth sailing.

How to nail the submission process

  • Ask others to test your app. You know your app like the back of your hand, but are you sure that others will find it as easy to use? Send a copy of your testing instructions (a submission requirement!) to your friends and family, and challenge them to use your app without any additional help from you. It’s a great opportunity to get feedback and fix any bugs or broken links.

  • Sign up for a Viggle developer account. You won’t be able to test your app on the Viggle platform unless you’ve signed up for a Viggle developer account! Sign up to be a Viggle developer now and post any technical questions you have in the Viggle Google Group.

  • Start your draft. Beginning your draft early is the best way to avoid feeling rushed later on. Fill out the easy fields today (like name, app category and submitter type), and you’ll have fewer items to worry about on the day you submit.

  • Submit early. When you’re ready to enter your submission, just visit the draft that you saved and click “Submit for Review” at the bottom of the form. We review submissions on a rolling basis, so the earlier you submit, the earlier we can tell you if anything is amiss (and give you the opportunity to change it).

  • Read the fine print. Ensure that your app is eligible by triple checking the Official Rules. We’d hate to have to disqualify your submission based on a technicality, no matter how small it may seem!

Questions?

As always, we’re here to help. If you have technical questions about the challenge, please post in the Viggle Google Group. If you have questions about the rules or the challenge in general, post on the Discussion Forum or shoot us an email at support@challengepost.com and include “Viggle” in the subject line.

Good luck! We can’t wait to see your apps!

Happy programming!

How to make a great demo video

9 months ago

Aside from your app, your demo video is one of the most important things you’ll include in your submission! In fact, it’s sometimes one of the only things that judges review.

Although they are encouraged to, judges are not required to test each and every app. Therefore, it’s extremely important to demonstrate your app’s functionality in your video. That means carefully walking through your app’s features and showing how each one works.

You’ve already built an awesome second screen app, now show it off with a great video!

Tips on making a great demo video

  • Use an emulator or create a screencast. Snazzy marketing videos are great for promotional purposes, but they don’t help judges understand and evaluate your app. We strongly recommend creating a screencast or using an emulator so the judges understand exactly how to use your app. Remember — they are not required to test each and every app, so it’s to your advantage to include a step-by-step demo in your video.

  • Keep it simple. Videos should be no longer than five minutes. You won’t be disqualified if yours is, but judges will likely stop watching after the five minute mark.

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to upload your video. Keep in mind that the time it takes to upload/process a video on YouTube or Vimeo varies greatly depending on the format of your original video, file size, upload traffic and Internet connection speed. As such, uploading your video could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours or more. Don’t procrastinate!  

  • What’s your elevator pitch? Be sure to explain why your app is awesome in the first few seconds of your video. You can get into the details of how it works immediately after, but treat the opening seconds of your video as you would a movie trailer or TV ad: pique your audience’s interest.

  • Edit. The great thing about screencasting is that you can show viewers only the best parts. Edit out the messy stuff, if you can, and don’t be afraid to do multiple takes!

  • Get organized. Write out a script of what you’ll say/show in your video, rehearse it before recording and keep in mind all of the above!

 Don’t know much about recording videos? Check out these helpful screencasting tips.

Questions?

As always, we’re here to help. If you have any questions about video requirements or the challenge in general, feel free to shoot us an email at support@challengepost.com and include “Viggle” in the subject line.

Happy filming!

How to ace the challenge

9 months ago

The deadline for the Viggle App Jam is fast approaching — applications must be entered by August 22, 2013 at 5 p.m. EDT!

Keep these tips in mind as you continue work on your submission.

Start your draft

Beginning your draft early is the best way to avoid getting caught by surprise later on. Visit the Enter an Application page today and make sure you’re aware of all the requirements.

Once you start a draft, you can edit it at any time before the submission deadline. Fill out the easy fields now (like name, platform, category and submitter type), and you’ll have fewer items to worry about on the day you submit.

Submit early

When you’re ready to enter your submission, just visit the draft that you saved and click “Submit for Review” at the bottom of the form.

We review submissions on a rolling basis, so the sooner you submit, the sooner we can tell you if anything is amiss (and give you the opportunity to change it). 

Questions?

For technical questions about the Viggle Platform or Viggle API, post in the Viggle Google Group.  For questions about the Viggle AppJam, post on the Discussion Forum or shoot us an email at support@challengepost.com.

Happy programming! 

Getting TV-watchers to a Better State

10 months ago

Gatorade, McDonald’s and State Farm are proud to be sponsors of the Viggle AppJam and wish you the best of luck and creativity on this journey.

Investing in the second screen experience

When State Farm was first founded in 1922, our vision was simple: operate fairly and do the right thing for our customers. Back then, our only focus was providing better insurance. Today, though, we exercise our commitment to customers in a variety of contexts, which is one of the reasons we’re sponsoring the Viggle AppJam.

What can you develop that will help TV viewers “Get to a Better State”? We’ve already begun exploring these possibilities through coviewing experiences in apps such as NFL ‘12, NBA Gametime and the latest Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology, but our curiosity doesn’t stop there. We want to test second screen platforms like Viggle with other types of content as well — not just sports.

That’s where you come in. More and more TV viewers are using their phones and tablets while watching TV, a phenomenon that’s provided a hotbed for engaging second screen apps. We want to test and invest in those technologies, which is why we’re so excited to see the ideas and apps that come out of the Viggle AppJam.

Get started on development early and be sure to explore the 100+ app ideas that have already been suggested. Submissions are due in just under two months. We can’t wait to see what you build.

Cheers,
The Team at State Farm

Questions?

If you have questions about the Viggle Platform or the Viggle API, post in the Viggle Google Group and someone will get back to you ASAP. If you have questions about the Viggle AppJam, post on the Discussion Forum or shoot ChallengePost an email at support@challengepost.com.

The thirst for apps: Gatorade on second-screen viewing during sports

10 months ago

Gatorade, McDonald’s and State Farm are proud to be a sponsor of the Viggle AppJam and we wish you the best of luck and creativity on this journey.

A message from Gatorade

You’re probably wondering — why is Gatorade partnering with Viggle to sponsor the AppJam? Well, we have a long history of innovation both on and off the field, and we want to continue the track record.

Our original product, Gatorade Thirst Quencher, emerged from the blazing hot grid iron at the University of Florida and was the first product of its kind. We’ve also innovated in the field of consumer marketing by being the first advertiser ever on ESPN.com, the first to integrate product recognition using a Kinect camera, and one of the very first partners with Viggle in the mobile second screen space. Innovation runs through our veins.

We are keenly interested in how people currently use and will be using their mobile devices while watching TV, considering that people watch an average of 32 hours per week. Given our strong presence in sports, we find second screen viewing during live sports games especially interesting. This goes beyond viewers’ interests in just scores or extra stats. We want to help people who seek deeper involvement in the game. We want to explore ways Gatorade can uniquely provide value to a viewer beyond what’s already available.

Areas such as gamification of field/court performance, visualization of hydration and dehydration, and an inside look at a player’s physical performance are all on the horizon for Gatorade. All of this to help reinforce Gatorade’s core mission of driving athletes to Win from Within.

We’ve only scratched the surface of second screen viewing, and that’s one of the reasons we’ve partnered with Viggle. What can you build to make the sports-watching experience even better?

Cheers,
The Team at Gatorade

Questions?

If you have questions about the Viggle Platform or the Viggle API, visit the Viggle Google Group. If you have questions about the Viggle AppJam, post on the Discussion Forum or shoot ChallengePost an email at support@challengepost.com.

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