Before submitting an app to The Tabby Awards /Business, 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 purpose. These apps can be developed in-house or by a third party, and 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.

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, particularly in the context of enterprise apps, it may not always be possible or practical. If your app can’t be installed by judges on their own device, your 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 your app in action, the better.

  • Tablets: For the purpose of the awards, acceptable tablet platforms are any tablet device with a screen of at least 6 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.

  • 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, either you consider that judges should not need to understand that language to properly evaluate your app, or you should provide additional documentation (explanations or translation of key terms) helping the judges to 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.

(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. You cannot submit an app which was a winner at the first Tabby Awards /Business in the same or in a similar category.

  • Availability. Any app submitted must have been available in a public app store or used within an organization at some time since January 1st, 2013. Only apps which are currently in use are acceptable.

How to submit

  • (Note that the submission period for the 2013 competition has now ended.) Tap or click on “Enter the competition” in our right-hand menu. Then, on the following page, click on “Submit your tablet app now”  and fill our online form.

  • Unless it is not possible or practical in the context of your app, allow judges to install and use 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. 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 you submission, access codes with no time limitation (or a time limitation of at least four months) for up to 15 people, please do so.

    • If you can’t provide such access codes (i.e.: with no time limitation) in your submission, no later than two business days before the beginning of the preliminary judging round, we will email you the exact number of access codes required (up to 8). These codes should be active for at least 18 days.

    • A few days after the end of the preliminary round, if your app is selected as a finalist, again, no later than two business days before the beginning of the final round, we will email you the exact number of access codes required (up to 15). These codes should be active for at least 18 days.

  • 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.)

  • Pay the fee associated to each entry. Your entry will not be considered by judges as long as the associated fee has not been paid.

Deadlines and other dates

  • Deadline for submissions was August 30, 11:59 pm Pacific Time

  • Awards ceremony: November 13, 2013 at Tabletbiz conference & expo in New York City

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