Mobile Apps Showdown FAQ

What is the general flow of the contest?
From a group of exciting new apps, our distinguished judges, aided by an online vote, choose 25 semifinalists and ten finalists. Once we have the ten finalists we hold a second and final online vote among the ten to choose an “Online Winner”. At the live event the audience picks a “Live Show Winner” based on applause volume measured by an applause meter. Past winners include the MyScript Calculator and the Magisto Video Editor.
What is the Mobile Apps Showdown?
Now in its 8th year, it is one of the best loved events at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Based on the notion that the crowd always knows best, the contest asks a live and online audience to pick the “most likely to succeed app”. The online event starts by previewing entries in late September. The live event is held at CES.
Tell me more about the live event?
The ten finalists each have 4 minutes on stage to demo their app in a creative and fast paced show hosted by David Pogue of Yahoo Tech. David is funny and perceptive, and he always has something interesting to say. There’s a trivia contest/swag giveaway in the middle, and at the end the audience votes for the best app by cheering and applauding. A press release is issued immediately and the standing room only ballroom where LGS is held is brimming with reporters anxious to interview the winners.
When/Where is the live event?
On Jan 7, 2017 12:30 pm in N257 of the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention center. You need a CES badge to enter. Come early, we’re always packed.
Is there a fee to enter?
Yes, there are room and AV bills to pay and lots of labor that go into creating a contest like this. The fee is nominal and there are discount codes available for not-for-profits.
Must I be an exhibitor at CES to enter?
Yes, this is a best of CES type show so you need to be there in some form — that could be a booth within a booth, a shared booth, or a partner booth or meeting room but you must be a CES participant to qualify.
How do I apply
You can find the application here. There are discounts for multiple entries. All you need to do is describe your app and send screen shots.
Can I nominate my own product?
Yes, we want you to nominate your own product.
What are the eligibility requirements?
The product should be new – not older than 2016, and must be shipping by Q2 of 2017. Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaign entries will be vetted as a reality check.
Do you honor NDAs?
All of our judges sign NDA agreements in order to look at NDA apps. We can only accommodate 3 NDA products in our final 10 but you can contact [email protected] to discuss NDA submissions.
What do I get for my application fee?
Your product gets posted to the Mobile Apps site where it gets seen by thousand of viewers and reporters. They get to like and comment on your product. You also get a social media campaign leading viewers to the site to look at the entries. Visit for sample views. Also, all products are considered to become a semifinalist, finalist or winner. The postings on the website are up for a long time, and the contest attracts a lot of attention, so there are rewards even if you’re not the contest winner.
How are the 25 semifinalists selected?
We have an online vote and a group of distinguished judges who, in combination, pick the 25 top products from our set of submitted products.
How are the 10 finalists selected?
Our judges carefully evaluate the products, looking for innovation and staying power, and looking at the popular support from the live vote. Narrowing the group to ten is insanely difficult, but we manage.
How many winners are there?
Two, an online winner and the winner of the live event.
How is the Online Winner selected?
The “Online Winner” is the app that gets the most online votes during the online voting period, from Dec 27 to midnight Jan 6, 2017, PDT.
What are the rules for Online Voting?
Please use social media, your web site, and any other tools to get your users and supporters to come to your page on our web site and vote. You are not allowed to buy votes, or to use automated voting systems, and we have checks in place to detect voting fraud. If we detect online voting anomalies, your product will be disqualified for the online vote.
How is the Live Event Winner selected?
The “Live Winner” is selected by the audience at the event, using an applause meter.
What do I win?
There are trophies handed out at the event with live photos and press. Plus you get a badge to post on your web site as the winner. Badges are given out to semifinalists and finalists.
Are there other ways to get involved?
We are always looking for other corporate sponsors/media partners and even companies willing to donate prizes (with a big thanks and shout out) for our audience trivia contest.
Can I see a past Mobile Apps Showdown?
Sure thing. Just visit the website and you’ll have hours of viewing enjoyment.