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It's that time again, folks – time for devs to get together at Apps World's North American event and learn some stuff. Just like in the past, we've teamed up with Apps World to offer a free way in. And just like last year's European event, we have two passes to give away for the North American conference. These are the full deal, too – both days, every event, all zones, every workshop, all presentations... the absolute best Apps World has to offer.

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future. Congratulations!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

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As always, the tickets are for the entry only. We're not responsible for airfare, lodging, food, or anything else. Please don't enter if you don't think you'll be able to go.

So, what is Apps World, exactly? It's a conference where like-minded devs can get together, learn more about their trade, network, and collaborate on projects. Manufacturers, carriers, and other IT professionals are also part of what Apps World is all about – after all, they help make the mobile world turn, too.

There's even a special track called Droid World at Apps World just for Android developers. There, you'll hear talks from industry insiders that will help you better develop your app and reach your target audience, show you how to improve your app's discoverability, and so much more. There are also topics on how to make money on Android, as well as how to optimize your app for the tablet landscape. All fantastic info for both newcomers to the Android dev scene and seasoned veterans alike.

There are many other topics covered at apps world, as well – like mobile payments and NFC, TV and Multiscreen apps, marketing, gaming, html5, enterprise, and so much more, from companies like Intel, Rackspace, MasterCard, AT&T, and several others. Given everything Apps World has to offer, a full pass for both days would set you back a cool $1220. So, how can you get in for free?

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Giveaway

That part's pretty easy, actually: just convince us. Tell us why you want to go. What drives you, motivates you. Why you develop, or why you want to learn. We want to see passion and drive – in short, we want to know why you deserve to go.

We'll run this one for 10 days. It starts now, and is over on Thursday, January 24th at 11:59 PM PT. After that, we'll hand-pick the winners and send out notifications. Good luck!

For more info on Apps World, head here.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • ericl5112

    I got into development because I enjoy it. I love it when I have an issue, and rather than waiting for someone else to fix it, I can fix it myself. If I need an app or tool, it's not a matter of hoping someone else wants to create a tool to fill that need, it's a matter of me making one, and to a spec I can choose. It's also something that I can apply to help others, since even in today's world, software developers aren't terribly common.

    I just finished coaching a team of 8th grade boys in the FIRST robotics. I had been coaching them since they were fourth graders. Since they have now graduated, I am helping out with the local non-profit that runs everything where I live. Their website is here: http://cvrobotics.org/. They have asked me to help them move from running these events on pen and paper to a more modern approach using android phones and tablets.

    I would love to be able to help them as much as possible, since this particular organization convinced me I wanted to become an engineer, and am an engineering student at present. I'd love to help this organization have a similar effect on students, many of whom come from low-income families and areas where it is so easy to make bad, life changing choices. It's a goal that I really believe in, and as such, want to help in any way I can.

    That's my big project for the coming year, along with college and work. As such, that's the most immediate need and use I'd have for being able to go to this event.

    Edit: and with all that, just saw that the 7-8th was ThFr, not the weekend. Wouldn't be able to make it anyway. Oh well.

  • will

    sounds awesome never been to anything like this before

  • http://www.facebook.com/braydon.hord Braydon Anthony Hord

    WHat drives me is my 2 boys. I started out as a high school nobody, then i made the jump into a smartphone and my world has completly changed. Im making more money than I thought i ever would(STILL A STARVING ARTIST THOUGH) just based in android development and the field of java develeopment. I want my kids to know anything is possible and that as a family we can do whatever we want, so I would be SOOOOO ecstatic to be able to attend this, If not ill be watching via webcams for sure!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Hey - you've been selected as a winner! Please email me at cameron at this site's domain dot com so I can get your info! Congratulations!

  • McLean Riley

    I really want to learn how to develop apps. I think I have a good idea for 2 of them (doesn't everyone) either way, it would be awesome to attend this. I also know that it would do someone else a ton more good than me, so there isn't any reason for me to go and I am actually not commenting to win, but to tell others good luck.

  • http://twitter.com/NeverEndingXsin NeverEndingXsin

    Dear Android Police,

    I want to go for a variety of reasons, the first being that
    i'm an aspiring programmer who's going to college next fall to major in
    programming and computer science's. The second being that it would be a once in
    a lifetime experience to be able to attend this event, meet others who have the
    same ambitions, as well learn a lot before even going off to school. And the
    third reason would be spending quality time with my dad (that's who i would
    take with me) we both love android and he's the reason that i got into android
    in the first place, convinced me to root, and it would be great to have this
    once in a lifetime chance with him.

    Now onto more detail about each reason and why I included
    them. The first one being that i'm an aspiring programmer. Ever since i was a
    kid i always enjoyed trying to "break" games, by that i mean i'd play
    games and look for glitches, try and get into areas that programmers forgot to
    block off, and other minor little glitches. Then i'd think to myself "how
    could i fix that?" i'd write to companies and tell them "hey this is
    what i found, and this might solve the issue" the letters would be longer
    than that but you get the gist of it. Whether they actually listened to me i
    have no idea but i was always fascinated by that. When I was in high school I
    took programming classes, and already found holes in the schools computer
    system so I could do whatever I wanted, I knew I could get in trouble for it
    but I enjoyed finding the holes since it was fun to do and again was a learning
    experience for myself. My teachers were always amazed at how quickly I would
    finish up the programs and how good they were. When i got older around 17-18 i
    started playing a lot of Counter Strike Source on PC. For anybody that's played
    that and heard of Warcraft Source Mod for it, you'd have to code your own
    races, run the server, etc. I was lucky enough to join a forum/gaming group and
    help them out with there server. I was coding races left and right for the
    server, working out bugs, testing races, testing abilities, and constantly
    going back to the drawing board in an attempt to work out the kinks. I did all
    of this for free, because I not only enjoyed the programming, but I learned so
    much from it, and I was able to put something together that others could enjoy
    and have fun playing. That mod was vastly popular and the server I maintained
    was one of the most popular, and I know its because of the maintainer of the
    server being myself. It was a great experience and I have since moved on from
    it due to other obligations at the time, but I know I was able to leave that
    server with a great name and its still going strong today. Present day I dabble
    in Unity, GameMaker, and C++ just practicing my skills, not publishing
    anything, but just having fun with it so I can learn more. I mess around with
    Jtag on Xbox 360, creating patches and mods for various games, because I enjoy
    it and gives me something to do in my spare time. I always learn more every
    day, and constantly fix bugs in various patches and mods that I create.
    Programming and Android application developing is the number one thing on the
    list, and now that I’ve got more free time since I’ve got a year until I go to
    school I’m even dabbling in it more. I’ll say that I’ve got big plans for
    Android and have a few ideas in mind, but those I’ll keep to myself until I can
    make them a reality. I enjoy creating and fixing things because every problem presents you with a chance to solve it and learn something while doing so. And as I said I’ll be majoring in it because its something. I enjoy doing, not because it pays great, while that’s certainly nice, I want a job that I truly enjoy doing. That’s my story on being an aspiring programmer.

    Second reason being a once in a lifetime experience. That is
    absolutely true and I’m sure everybody will say that, but hey its true. The
    cost of going would be too much for me to pay for (travel and everything else I
    can cover) but the ticket cost is what would push my spending past the limit.
    So to win the tickets would truly be amazing. For me going would help me to
    learn even more, by meeting other people with the same ambitions, attending
    workshops that’ll help me sharpen my skills, presentations that’ll teach me
    even more. It would be a great learning experience for myself, I would enjoy
    being around people that enjoy programming, and I’m sure that’ll meet people
    that could really help me out in the long run, whether I’ve got questions, need
    opinions, need advice, or heck it’ll be great to have friends that share the
    same passion as I do. Add all that together and it would be an amazing once in
    a lifetime experience for me that I would remember for the rest of my life.

    And the third reason, sharing the experience with my dad. As
    cliché as that sounds its my third reason. My dad has made so many things
    possible for me, and helped me out with so much in my life, that I would love
    to be able to share this experience with him. He’s my hero and always will be,
    from getting me into video games at the age of 3, to buying me my first gameboy
    and pokemon, to getting me a computer, and then of course convincing me to get
    into Android, without him I most certainly would not be writing this today
    because I’d probably be going somewhere entirely different in life. But he’s
    always pushed me to do my best, and always had faith in me. So being able to
    give this experience to him would be truly amazing for me. It would be my way
    of saying thanks to him for getting continuing to push me to follow my dreams
    and do my best in life.

    And finally I’m sure a million people will enter this
    giveaway, and If I don’t win I hope whoever does win truly enjoys the
    experience. I really hope its me, but ill trust that you guys will pick whoever
    you think is best. I really hope I was able to convince you guys that I deserve
    to go to this event, but I’m sure you’ll have a lot of stories to read by the
    time this is over. But that’s my attempt at convincing you, as well as a life
    story of my programming journey. I really hope that I somehow win and my story
    just blows you guys away J Good luck to all who enter and may the best
    convincing win :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Hey there - you've been selected as a winner! Please email me at cameron at this site's domain dot com so I can get your info! Congratulations!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    Because apps are f***ing RAD!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/MattS154 Matt S

    My friend and I are both Android fans, and I'm a Computer Science major at CSUEB Hayward. :) I've been interested in making apps for Android for a while now, but haven't looked into it too much other than playing with App Inventor. This could very well be the push I need to get going in the right direction.

  • http://techotrack.com Venu

    I am an Android fan and a Java dev. I want to develop awesome Android apps and release them to Google Play. Software development is my passion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bobby.henris Bobby Henris

    i would love to go and learn about dev-ing because i'm 30 years old and i don't want to be afraid of my phone any more! i want to be free and explore all the possibilities, to create. please help me lose my fear.

  • http://twitter.com/withthebandman Dave Norris

    I want to go because this could be the kick I need to get into developing apps! I have had a few big ideas in mind, but I don't know enough about the Android APIs to make any headway on them. I currently work as an Oracle developer and I don't really enjoy it, if I win these tickets, it will be a sign to get out of my day job! I live near enough to the event that the tickets definitely wouldn't go to waste! Also I have a room-mate who is currently an android developer who would love to use the second ticket...

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdkoren Jonathan Koren

    I'm already an app developer, but I want to do more; I want to be part of developing a brighter future. The true power of Android is beyond hardware or software, it's what it allows us to do and to create.

  • Robert Magni

    Im not going to argue wether or not I deserve to go over someone else, as Im sure there are plenty of people that deserve this chance (probably more than myself).

    I've just recently gotten into developing, in fact what spurred me into it; was another giveaway AP is doing for a membership to an app development site.

    I'm still in college and struggling very hard to find my path in life, a trip like this could really change things for the better in my life. It would give me a fresh perspective, invaluable information, and connections to the app development world. Things that many people never get the chance to do.

    Thanks Android Police for this awesome giveaway, and good luck to everyone!

  • paco

    motivation comes from providing end of life care and support to father suffering from ALS. navigating medical, medicare, VA benefits and politics, coordinating services, managing/ updating medical data, configuring machinery (such as pulmonary, lifting/ transferring), 24 hr patient video and vitals monitoring by remote, managing personal finances, family and social communications, enabling patient communications, et cetera, et cetera are some of the tasks android has helped me with, somewhat in limited ways. like many who lose someone close and dear, i'd like to be able to help develop tools, processes, guidelines that will make it easier for those who will go through a similar experience. thanks.

  • Neil Ordinario

    I had already signed up for the free exhibit passes to represent my University Library's Digital Futures Advisory Council in which I sit on the mobile technology sub committee of 3 with a pair of Apple talking heads. We are charged with rethinking our Library's presence in the mobile sphere, whether by developing our own apps or looking at a series of apps to facilitate a new digital library and digital learning. Basically, trying to keep the library relevant. Apple's presence on CSU campuses is strong and the Android conversation is a distant second. And while we get sold on Apple products continually (there is a permanent campus rep here), I've always pushed for the very viable alternatives, even so much as donate my old Android Blackberry phones to our digital zoo. Since I am only a middle managing staff, even though actual transportation would near zero, our travel budget was one of the first budget was one of the first to be slashed in our budget crunch, so attendance to any conferences is out of the question. I would love to attend to be able to tap into some new resources to help redevelop our library mobile services.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Hey - you have been chosen as a winner! Hit me up at Cameron at this site's domain dot com with your info. Congrats!

  • Ali Ahmed

    Well, I am from Pakistan, its a country where you would find much technology but its only in the grasp of elite ones! Me, and many like myself, we are learning from this tech world, we are learning, trying and we are finding the right opportunities! why I wanted to go is to redeem this opportunity, there would be so much to learn, to grasp and moreover to experience! and this drives me for attending,its the passion of gaining knowledge!