Windows Store 8.1 App Development Hackathon in Punjab Youth Festival 2014 – Rules & Regulations

Edit (3/28/2014)

App Submission Deadline Extension

Deadline for App Submission in PYF hackathon has been extended till 15th April, 2014.

Edit (3/15/2014)

Teams with Max App Submission

Any team having more than 100 apps is supposed to publish apps through their own Windows Store account/s.

Edit (3/15/2014)

App Submission Sheet

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Edit (3/13/2014)

  • A Windows 8.0 app or game will only be accepted if your app or game is largely dependent upon a third party tool/product of which non-commercial version is only available for Windows 8.0.

Edit (3/6/2014)

  • The hackathon has been rescheduled to 15th & 16th March, 2014.

Edit (2/25/2014)

  • The registration deadline for Microsoft Hackathon has been extended to 5th March, 2014.

Edit (2/21/2014)

Edit (2/13/2014)

  • An applicant can't be part of more than one team.

Registration is now open!


Rules and Regulations for the Event:

  • Students and professionals both can apply.
  • You can apply individually or as a team (consisting of 4 members maximum).
  • A team can work on multiple ideas/apps.
  • Formation of team is your personal choice. A team may consist of students, professionals, teachers, etc. from same or different institution/company.
  • You can choose any one of below mentioned theme for your app/s.
    • Innovation
    • Games
    • Citizenship
  • Special Prize will be given for the Maximum number of apps developed by a team /individual
  • Please make sure that same app will not be able to compete in more than one theme however the same team can compete in multiple themes.
  • Bring your own PC/laptop having the tools/SDK or we will provide you all the tools to build apps. You can also get the tools/SDK from MIC Lahore or through our MSPs.
  • Following tools will be available.
    • Windows 8.1 (90 day trail)
    • Visual Studio 2013
    • Windows Azure SDK 2.2.
    • Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools
  • The registration deadline for Microsoft Hackathon is 5th March, 2014.
  • Participation in Microsoft Hackathon is FREE. You will have to manage your own transportation to the event. Accommodation/Lunch will be provided.
  • To be eligible for contest prizes, you will need to submit developed Windows Store (8.1) app/apps during the hackathon in-front of the judges.
  • You can start building your app/s NOW but do not forget to get registered by 5th March 2014.  
  • You arrive in hackathon with partially/nearly completed app and spend your time with mentors during hackathon to complete, uplift app quality and submit app/apps to the store) that uses Windows, and/or Windows Azure.
  • Replacement or change of any participant of a team is not allowed after registration time out or competition has begun.
  • It is strongly suggested to bring your own Wifi connectivity (EVDO, Wingle, pocket modem, etc.) alongside

Edit (2/2/2014)

  • Prizes will be awarded to the team and not to individual team members.

Edit (2/3/2014)

  • The developer will own complete copyright of their apps and no source code will be required (other than our technical team might review section of code during evaluation)
  • It is strongly suggested that the team/individual would publish the app from their own developer account however if an individual or team won't have a store account, we'll facilitate them by publishing their app from an existing developer account owned by MIC Lahore team. (Further information about this can be grabbed by visiting MIC, Lahore)

Punjab Youth Festival 2013-14 Engineering & IT Sector and Microsoft reserves unchallengeable rights to modify the above rules at any time.

Still have an unanswered question? Please leave a comment and we'll get back to you shortly.



Comments (30)
  1. Rehan Yaqoob says:

    A great initiative i must say. I have 2 questions:

    1) Can people from Karachi participate?

    2) If people are coming from Karachi, will the transportation (Khi-Lhr) and accommodation be provided?

    Thank You

  2. Usman Ur Rehman Ahmed says:

    Rehan Yaqoob,

    1) People from all-over Pakistan can participate as long as they register on time.

    2) You'll have to manage transportation by yourself. Accommodations will be provided. However that is handed by Punjab Youth Festival team. You can grab details for accommodations from this page,…/582753398489178

  3. Hafiz Faraz Mukhtar says:

    Comprehensive post 🙂 thanks

  4. Hafiz Umair Javeid says:

    Oh yesss! I luv it <3

  5. What is the final date ?

    Muneeza Gilani

    Punjab Youth Festival

    Engg & IT Sector

    Hackathon Event Coordinator


    Said and create event of 27feb

  6. Usman Ur Rehman Ahmed says:

    The final date will be updated on the same page soon.

  7. Zaigham Khawaja says:

    "To be eligible for contest prizes, you will need to submit developed Windows Store (8.1) app/apps during the hackathon in-front of the judges."

    What if someone doesn't have a Windows Dev Center Account?

  8. Usman Ur Rehman Ahmed says:

    Zaigham Khawaja, please see Edit (2/3/2014) second point. Thanks

  9. Shan says:

    well please include the windows phone also

  10. Usman says:

    registration fail for Microsoft Hackathon 2014 my team not register for this event please check the site for registration and remove their bugs.

  11. Bilal says:

    Can we develop for windows phone in this?and also the registration site is saying the starting date of 22nd Feb.So which one is correct?

  12. Usman Ur Rehman Ahmed says:

    Bilal, You can't develop for Windows Phone in this event. Secondly the registration site will be updated. At the time of this comment, the date is 8th and 9th march, 2014 however in case of a change it will be reflected.

  13. Hammaad Jamshed says:

    kindly tell the confirmed competition dates?22nd & 23rd  OR 8th & 9th march??????

  14. Usman Ur Rehman Ahmed says:

    8th and 9th march as per this writing. If a change occurs, it will be reflected on this page.

  15. Ali Jaffer says:

    can we develop Android Apps in this competition

  16. Usman Ur Rehman Ahmed says:

    Ali, No. It is a Microsoft Windows Store specific event. 🙂

  17. Kindly change

    •You can start building your app/s NOW but do not forget to get registered by 15th February 2014.  

  18. Zameer Fiaz says:

    Can we edit team members later?

  19. Usman Ur Rehman Ahmed says:

    Zameer, for queries relative registration, please communicate with PYF team taking care of registration at…/582753398489178

  20. ali zeb says:

    am i registered? my name ali zeb? and i have forget my team name what should i do?

  21. Ahmad Furqan says:

    I can't find a credit card anywhere around me for authentication of my store account

    could you please help me in this?

  22. Mohammad Umar Mukhtar says:

    What is the location of event?

  23. Usman Ur Rehman Ahmed says:

    ali zeb, Ahmad Furqan, Please report your concern on this page to PYF official team,…/582753398489178

    Mohammad Umar Mukhtar, Expo Center, Lahore. However you need to contact the official PYF team on the given Url give above.

  24. Ali Zeb says:

    sir i want to develop game i small scale

    i am a student please gide me and also please tell me different software to develop game and i m only 1 member can i am eligible?

  25. shumaila says:

    after registration i did not get any email or other sort of confirmation msg??????Why is that so?

  26. Muneeza Gilani says:

    Ali Zeb you are registered and your team name is Ali Eagle.

  27. Muneeza Gilani says:

    Drop your team name in comment box on this page.…/582753398489178

  28. hello sajjad says:

    hello sir , i am trying to register as individual but have 500 error as submit form . have you any solution.

  29. aniqa zahid says:

    as the registration date hase been extended to 5th of march….is there any delay in date of competition ???

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