Submission guidelines

Before submitting an app to The Tabby Awards /Business 2014 competition, please review these guidelines:


The Tabby Awards /Business celebrate organizations who have developed or commissioned the best tablet apps for business or for a business or professional purpose. These apps can be developed in-house or by a third party. They may be available publicly via public app stores (we’ll call them ”public apps”) or they may only be available to a specific group within an organization (we’ll call them “enterprise apps”).

Submissions are not only about the app itself, but about how this app helps either users in general or a specific organization to achieve their business goals.

  • Apps: Eligible tablet applications include:

    • executable software packages which can be downloaded and installed on a tablet device – either via a public app store, or via a private or restricted-access app repository (commonly referred to as “native apps”); and

    • web sites which are specifically designed for tablet devices, and which allow app-like functionalities to users (commonly referred to as “web apps”). To be clear, a web site which doesn’t provide any app-like functionality is not eligible. (As we have no specific categories for web app, a web app must be submitted in an OS-specific category and be optimized for use on that OS.)

We prefer that your app is made available to our judges, at no cost to them, so that they can try and experience it. But we understand that it may not always be possible or practical –particularly in the context of enterprise apps, or if your app is part of a broader software solution, or if your app addresses very specific use cases that judges can hardly replicate on their own. If your app can’t be installed by judges on their own device, or if it can’t be easily tested by a single individual in a short time frame (reasonably expect judges to spend minutes, not hours, testing your app), you should provide some documentation, in written, graphics or video form, allowing judges to have a clear idea of what you app is, what it does, how it works, and how it helps users or an organization achieve business goals. The more judges can see you app in action, the better. (Our submission form will allow you to attach some supporting documents and to provide links to videos.)

  • Tablets: For the purpose of the awards, acceptable tablet platforms are any tablet device with a screen of at least 7 inches and using the iOS, Android or Windows 8 operating system. (If you would like to submit an app for another platform, please contact us.) Your app may also be usable on smartphones or on touch-screen computers, but it will be evaluated based on its relation with the tablet form factor.

  • Location: The Tabby Awards is a worldwide competition. Your organization and users of your app can be located anywhere in the world. However, be aware that the majority of judges are located in the United States. If you can’t provide an app store / download link and, if required, promo or access codes accessible by US-based judges, you should assume that most judges won’t be able to actually test your app and, as a consequence, you should draft your submission accordingly by providing supporting information, images and/or videos.

  • Language: Your tablet app can be in any language but it will be evaluated by an English-speaking panel of judges. If you submit an app in another language, consider whether judges need to understand that language to properly evaluate your app and, if so, provide additional documentation (explanations or translation of key terms) to help the judges properly evaluate it.

  • Submitting entity: While the competition is about apps, awards are actually given to entities (which are usually organizations but could be individuals). Your submission should clearly state which entity an award may be granted to. To be eligible for an award, your entity must:

    • either have developed the app (or have been the main/lead developer if the app was developed by several organizations);

    • or be the publisher, commissioner or owner of the app.

Even if you are not eligible, you may submit an entry on behalf of an eligible entity. As an example, a PR or communications firm can submit an entry on behalf of an app developer or publisher. In such case, you must mention an eligible entity in the “Organization which should be declared a winner” field in your submission form.

If you submit as an individual, and if any organization has employed or paid you for developing the app that you submit, we suggest that you check with that organization before submitting the app.

  • Business: The Tabby Awards /Business celebrate the best tablet apps for business purposes in a broad sense – including professional services, governments, public institutions and non-profit organizations. Eligible apps should help either a user, or an organization, ultimately achieve business goals like increasing revenues or profits; reducing cost, time, effort or stress; increasing customer or employee satisfaction or retention; enhancing an organization’s brand image or reputation; helping an organization comply with laws and regulations; etc. Productivity apps, which may also be used by consumers but are relevant to professionals and business people, are eligible and will be evaluated in the context of a business or work-related use. Enterprise apps will be evaluated in the perspective of the organization having commissioned it.

  • Categories: Select the category which best fit your app. You may enter a same app in several categories and, if you do so, each will be considered as a separate entry. (See all categories)

  • Availability. Any app submitted must have been available in a public app store or used within an organization at some time since July 1st, 2013. If you submit a not-yet-final app, the app should actually be final and ready to review no later than August 15, 2014.

How to submit

  • Tap or click on “Enter now”, register as a submitter, and then fill our online form.

  • You will land on an online submission platform. It will require that you create an individual account with a first name, last name and email address. Only one account can access and update an entry submission form. You can share your account with others. (If you plan to do so, consider using an alias email address which can be accessed by the people who will need an access; but this is not necessary.)

  • After having created your individual account, fill the submission form. Here are the questions which you will be asked:

    • App name

    • Category – First select the OS, then the category

    • One-sentence summary of your app

    • Description and benefits provided by the app (for the judges’ benefit)

    • App store retail price (if applicable. If the app itself is free but is part of a paid-for solution, please explain this in the “Description” field.)

    • Download URL

    • Install instructions, promo codes, demo video links (optional; please see specific instructions below regarding promo codes)

    • App icon

    • At least two screenshots, preferably in landscape format (they may be used for presentation or promotional purposes)

    • Any additional product/project information document you may want to attach to your submission (optional; this is particularly useful if you know that your app will be impossible or difficult for most judges to test on their own in a short time frame.)

    • Organization submitting the entry

    • Organization which should be declared a winner (if not the same at the one submitting the entry)

    • Contact information for the organization submitting the entry

    • Contact information for the individual submitting the entry. Please make sure that the email account you provide will be monitored on a regular basis for messages from addresses until Nov. 6, 2014.

    • Optional individual contacts (tech, PR, etc.)

  • You must pay the fee associated for each entry (see pricing information below). In the submission platform, you must add your entry to the shopping cart before you can pay. Once your entry is in the shopping cart, you can click on the “Check out” button to submit your payment. Your entry will not be considered by judges as long as the associated fee has not been paid.

(For information about the judging criteria, please read Judging.)

Need to make your app available to judges for free

Unless it is not possible or practical in the context of your app, you must allow judges to install or access your app for free – by providing a web link to a public app store or to a web page where they can download the app, and by providing any necessary access or promo code so that they use your app without any cost to them.

If, to be accessed fully and free of charge, your app requires a promo code, a subscription, a username and password, or any other specific individual condition, here are specific instructions:

  • Describe the general conditions for access in your submission.

  • If you can easily provide, within your submission, access codes with no time limitation (or expiring no sooner than September 30) for up to 12 people, please do so. DO NOT provide, in your submission, promo codes expiring sooner than September 30: they will probably be wasted.

  • If you can’t provide such access codes (i.e.: with no time limitation or expiring after September 30) in your submission, we will send an email message from the domain to the address of the main contact in your submission form two business days before the beginning of the preliminary judging round. (Please make sure that the email address you will provide for your main contact, in your submission form, will remain functional and will be checked regularly.) This message will tell you the exact number of access codes required (up to 12). You will then update your submission form with these promo codes within two business days. These codes should be active for at least 28 days and you should state, in your submission form update, when they become extinct.

  • If your app is selected as a finalist, you may be asked for additional promo codes for a final judging round through the same process if the promo codes you provided initially become extinct before the final round, or if additional codes are needed for the final round.

  • Failure to provide access codes on request can result in your app being disqualified.

  • If your app is free but is part of a paid-for solution, please do your best to make it easy for judges to set up an account on you system, or provide supporting material to help judges get a sense of what your app actually performs.

  • Provide some support information to tell judges why your app is worthy of a Tabby Awards /Business trophy. You may include a short text to highlight the contextual use of your app (especially if your app is for a very specific industry, has a very specific function or is to be used by a specific group of people). You may provide information about the app’s goals and its results. If judges can’t install your app on their own device, you may provide screenshots or a demo video. This support information may be provided within the submission form; or as an attached document in PDF, Word, Excel; or as links to streamed videos. If any information is confidential and should not be disclosed out of the judging process, please state it clearly in your submission. (If you win an award, we would like to provide publicly at least some information about your app’s accomplishments.)


  • The late fee for the first entry is US $199. Late subsequent entries are US $139  each.

  • The fee per entry covers only one app, on one OS, in one category. If you submit an additional app, or the same app in another category, or the same app in the same category but on a second OS platform, this will be considered as a subsequent app entry.

  • Fees can only be paid online, only via Visa and Mastercard credit card. (Unfortunately, Amex cards are not accepted.) As an alternative, Paypal payment may be arranged on a case by case basis. If you need a more detailed invoice than the receipt you automatically receive after having paid, contact us.

  • No refund.

  • Entry fees do not cover the price of any physical trophy. If you are declared a finalist of a winner, you will receive a badge that you can display on your site and in your promotional material. As a winner, you may be offered to buy a physical trophy on an optional basis.

Deadlines and other dates

  • Final deadline for late submissions: Friday August 15, 6 pm Pacific Time (GMT – 8)

  • Judging process is scheduled for September

  • Finalists and Winners will be announced in Q4 2014.

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