Announcing the SenchaCon 2011 App Contest

It’s that time of year again! While we here at Sencha are getting ready for the biggest and boldest SenchaCon ever, it’s your turn to show us what you can do — as we invite you to compete in the coveted SenchaCon 2011 App Contest.

But this is no ordinary JavaScript contest — if only because of the COMPLETELY AWESOME!1!! prizes. Third place wins US$2,500 and an iPad 2. Second place wins a spectacular US$10,000 and a MacBook Pro. And the winner? The winner will receive nothing less than a 2011 Nissan Leaf.

Write some JavaScript, and win a Nissan Leaf.Yes, ladies and gentlemen: a car. Write some JavaScript, and win a car.

Of course, with prizes like this, we set the bar high. In order to be in with a chance of winning, we want you to build something special. We’re looking for rich, collaborative web applications that show how to put Sencha frameworks and services to their best use.

MacBook Pro, iPad 2, and $10,000 cash! We expect competing applications to use the latest versions of our JavaScript SDKs (namely Ext JS and Sencha Touch), and encourage you to use our Cloud Services. You’re encouraged to use our tools, such as Ext Designer and Sencha Animator, and of course, as much extra HTML5 goodness as you like.

The application can be designed for the desktop or mobile web, but we’ll be even more impressed if it straddles both. The app must be fully functional and running successfully when we begin first round of judging at noon, PST, September 23rd, 2011. The top ten submissions will then undergo a second round of judging, to be held on October 15th, 2011, and the top three finalists will be announced in Austin, at SenchaCon 2011, on October 24th.

So what are you waiting for? Find out more about the contest, check the rules, and the judges are standing by to see what you can do.

Rev up your (eco-friendly) JavaScript engines, and we’ll see you in October!

Written by

James Pearce heads developer relations at Sencha. He is a technologist, writer, developer and practitioner, who has been working with the mobile web for over a decade. Previously he was the CTO at dotMobi and has a background in mobile startups, telecoms infrastructure and management consultancy. James is the creator of tinySrc, the WordPress Mobile Pack, WhitherApps, modernizr-server and confess.js, and has written books on mobile web development for both Wiley and Wrox.


  1. Jason says

    Cool contest! We have an application that we would love to submit. It’s based on Ext 4 but it does not use the Cloud Services. After reading the contest rules, it appears that all qualifying applications must use the Cloud Services. Can you confirm?

  2. James Pearce says

    @Jason, Use of the cloud services is just one of the things the judges will be looking at. Using or will certainly be a positive aspect to any submission…

  3. Alain says

    Now really what s going on here ? Is sencha only ExtJS , Sencha Touch , Animator and Designer ?
    So if i write an application with GXT it wont count ? You have to give love to all your products people. No matter which one are the rockstars.

  4. BC says

    @Jason Perhaps it would be a good idea to make an open developer preview rather than a limited developer preview for the contest?

  5. says

    So will Sync be made available for contest entrants? I have an app I’ve been working on that I’m hoping to integrate with Sync, but haven’t made it into the developer preview yet.

  6. gkatz says

    does the contest include pure sencha apps deployed with phonegap (just for app store distribution, not for phonegap features)?

  7. Dawesi says

    Hmm… interesting terms. Would love to enter a few apps, but unfortunately because of the ‘OWNERSHIP’ clause, can’t give you the licence you require…. bummer. Is there a way to enter without handing your IP over to Sencha to distribute?

    This would SEVERERLY limit the amount of apps you receive wouldn’t it? Considering you are asking for unrestricted ability to distribute the source code from submissions. I guess this is a GPL contest rather than a commercial licence contest?

    Can someone confirm how one would submit a commercial app to this contest? Would it be worth it?

  8. Deniz Kiyisi says

    why only Javascprit frameworks for 2011 App Contest? why not ExtGwt? ExtGwt is not important for Sencha? or ExtGwt is not production ready for 2011 App Contest?

  9. says

    The ownership comment that Dawesi made got me worried. So I read the full text.

    The Ownership clause in the contest rules can sound dangerous at start – it essentially says Sencha has full rights to the submitted app – they can do whatever they want with it.

    But then, in the same long sentence, it also mentions:

    “solely to the extent necessary to fulfill Sponsor’s obligations under the Contest (e.g. allowing Sponsor to evaluate the Entry for purposes of the Contest) and for marketing and promotional purposes”

    So my interpretation is that Sencha has full rights to this app to use it the way they like for marketing their own products. But they can’t do anything else – e.g. make the source code public or steal it and create a new product out of it.

    Would love to get official response to this.. James??

  10. James Pearce says

    @Nirav & @Dawesi – Of course we have no intention of taking ownership of the apps. This is purely to ensure we can use them to test, and then that we have the right to discuss, promote and showcase the application as part of the contest and other marketing activities.

    Some of last year’s contest winners are so good, we still use them in a lot of presentations as jaw-dropping examples of what can be done with web technologies – with, of course, attribution!

    Hope that clarifies. Looking forward to seeing your entries! :-)

  11. Anand says

    Do I have to purchase ExtJS to participate in the contest? Can I use ExtJS for free to build the app? Please clarify this.

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