Viggle Platform and API

What is the Viggle Platform?
What can the Viggle API do?
What if I have questions about the Viggle Platform or Viggle API?

Eligibility & IP

Who is eligible to enter the competition?
We are an organization. Can we enter?
Do the submitted apps have to be newly created for this competition, or can they be pre-existing applications?
Can more than one person work on an application and receive credit for it? And if the application wins a prize, how will the prize money be split among the creators?
Can my application win more than one prize?
Can I enter more than one application?
Do I retain intellectual property ownership?
What will Viggle and ChallengePost do with my submission?

Submission Requirements

What do I need to use to build my application? Where can I find it?
What devices/OS/codebases do I need to use for my app?
What type of responsive design should I use for my app?
Can I include other API’s or datasets in my app?
What category should I choose for my app?
Why do I have to upload a video?
Why do I have to upload by source code?
If I charge for my application, is it still eligible?
Can my application include advertisements?
Does my application need to have store approval prior to the submission deadline?

Judging Process

What are the criteria for judging the submissions?

General Questions

What are the key competition dates?
How do I enter?
How do I follow the Viggle App Jam and get updates?
Who can I contact if I have questions about the Viggle App Jam?

Public Voting

How does public voting work?
Do I need a ChallengePost account to vote?
How do I vote?
Do tweets and Facebook likes count as votes?
Can I create more than one account to vote?
Can I pay people to vote for me?
Are votes checked for eligibility before the Popular Choice Prize winner is determined?
What do I do if I think someone is cheating to get more votes?

What is the Viggle Platform?

The Viggle Platform is a free app for iOS and Android that makes it easy for developers to enhance the Viggle experience by building interactive apps that go along with whatever Viggle users are watching on TV.

Viggle Apps are built with HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript and integrate seamlessly with Viggle’s native iOS and Android apps. Viggle Apps range from simple static content experiences like video playlists, news headlines and photo slideshows, to fully immersive games where users can interact with each other and earn Viggle points.

What can the Viggle API do?

The Viggle API allows developers to access Viggle’s checked-in audience, loyalty program and web-based toolkit to quickly and easily create unique interactive experiences around the TV shows that Viggle users check into. Leveraging the Viggle Audio Content Recognition (ACR) technology you can power sync’d to the second experiences in your app. You can also use our real-time engagement platform, Viggle LIVE, to push live polls, quizzes, mood-o-meters, scorecards, ratings, predictions and other customizable interactive features through your app.

What if I have questions about the Viggle Platform or Viggle API?

If you have questions about the Viggle Platform or the Viggle API, visit the Viggle Google Group.

Who is eligible to enter the competition?

The Viggle App Jam is open to individuals, and teams of individuals, who are legal residents of the US and who are 18 years of age or older. The Viggle App Jam is also open to legally registered corporations or organizations that are domiciled in the United States and employ fewer than 50 people at the time of entry. (See the next question for large organization eligibility.)

We are an organization. Can we enter?

Organizations with no more than 50 employees may enter and compete for cash prizes if they are legally established entities domiciled in the United States. Organizations with more than 50 employees may enter and compete for the VIggle Recognition Award, which has no cash prize. Large Organizations must also be domiciled in the United States.

Do the submitted apps have to be newly created for this competition, or can they be pre-existing applications?

A submission must either be a new application or, if the application is not new, it must have been substantially modified after the start of the competition submission period to include new features, functionality, and content. Applications which were publicly accessible prior to the start of the competition submission period that have not been substantially modified will not be eligible for the Challenge.

Additionally, applications that were on the Viggle platform or which used the Viggle API previous to the submission period are not be eligible for the Challenge.

Can more than one person work on an application and receive credit for it? And if the application wins a prize, how will the prize money be split among the creators?

Yes, teams are encouraged. If a team of individuals, a corporation or an organization is selected as an award winner, the full prize amount will be sent to the submitter. It will be up to the winning team or organization to reallocate the prize money between the team members, as they deem it appropriate.

Can my application win more than one prize?

Yes. All submissions entered by eligible individuals, teams of individuals, and organizations with 50 or fewer employees can compete for the Best Overall App awards, Popular Choice award, and the category award into which they are entered (if any). Winners of the Best Overall App, Popular Choice, and Category awards are also eligible for the Special Jury Prizes.

Can I enter more than one application?

Yes. There is no limit to how many times an eligible person, team or organization may enter. An individual may also participate on behalf of more than one team, corporation, or nonprofit organization. However, if you submit two or more applications that are identical or substantially similar, Viggle and ChallengePost reserve the right to disqualify all the submissions or require you to choose one submission to enter into the competition.

Do I retain intellectual property ownership?

Yes. By submitting an application to the Viggle App Jam, you do not transfer any intellectual property rights to Viggle or ChallengePost. Viggle and ChallengePost will have the right to feature all applications entered in the competition for promotional purposes. See the Official Rules for details.

What will Viggle and ChallengePost do with my submission?

Viggle and ChallengePost will have the right to publicly display your submission on the challenge website. They will also be allowed to publicize your name on the challenge website in connection with the submission and the challenge during the competition and for 36 months after its conclusion. For more information on publicity rights, please see the Official Rules.

What do I need to use to build my application? Where can I find it?

To build your application you will need to download the Viggle app (on the App Store or Google Play) and create a Viggle account. Once you’ve created your Viggle account, request access to the Viggle developer API by signing up as a Viggle Developer. (Click the link in Section 1.1)

Be sure to review the Viggle Developer pages for important documentation and best practice information about the Viggle platform and Viggle API.

What devices/OS/codebases do I need to use for my app?

To be eligible for the Viggle App Jam your TV companion app must be built with HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript, use responsive design, and integrate with Viggle’s native iOS and Android apps.

What type of responsive design should I use for my app?

Your app will be used on both iOS and Android devices. iOS devices have a consistent screen sizes, but Android devices vary in both size and aspect ratio. Please take this into account and optimize your front-end for the best user experience, regardless of the device. Check out the Viggle Getting Started Documents for a list of screen sizes to optimize for.

Can I include other API’s or datasets in my app?

Yes. You may use additional API’s and datasets as long as you are authorized to use and distribute them.

What category should I choose for my app?

In order to compete for a category prize (Best Synchronized TV App and Best Social TV App) you must choose a category when submitting your app. To determine which category fits your app the best, think about its functionality.

Apps placed into the “Synchronized TV App” category will alter the experience in sync with the
progress of an on-air show, using the Viggle API (or other means) to determine where the user is in the viewing experience.

Apps placed into the “Social TV App” category will involve multiple users interacting with each other. If your app does not fall into any of these, you can still compete for the non-Category prizes.

Why do I have to upload a video?

The Popular Choice award is determined by public voting. A video helps ensure that all users can view and experience your application. The video will also be helpful to the panel of judges. You may create a screencast or use a handheld video camera to make your video, or choose any other method that captures the application’s value and user interface.

Why do I have to upload by source code?

Per the Official Rules, submitters are not allowed to make updates to their submitted apps between the close of the submission period and the close of the judging period. In order to ensure that your app does not change during this time, we require that you submit your source code file at the time of submission.

Yes, you can charge for your application. However, if you do charge you must provide free access to your app for testing and judging. You must do so by including a URL in the “URL field” on the submission form where ChallengePost and the judges can access a free version of your mobile app.

Can my application include advertisements?

The challenge rules do not prohibit advertising in applications. Please note, however, that if the content of the ads is deemed inappropriate, your submission may be disqualified.

Does my application need to have store approval prior to the submission deadline?

No, your app does not need to be submitted to any online store. However, you must provide free access to your app for testing and judging. You must do so by including a URL in the “URL field” on the submission form where ChallengePost and the judges can access a free version of your mobile app.

What are the criteria for judging the submissions?

All applications will be judged based on the following criteria for the Best Overall App, Category, and Viggle Recognition Awards:

  • Quality of Idea (Includes creativity and originality and potential to enrich the second screen experience)
  • Implementation of Idea (Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer and how well the app integrates with the Viggle platform)
  • Overall User Experience (Includes design, graphics, typography, and visual aesthetic)
    Popular Choice awards will be determined by public voting. For full details, review the Official Rules.

Special Jury Prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel for apps that demonstrate outstanding creativity, user experience, integration with a particular show, visual design, innovative approach to the second screen, unique feature set, or other remarkable qualities.

What are the key competition dates?

The submission deadline is August 22, 2013, at 5 p.m. EST. Judging and public voting will begin on September 10, 2013 at 10 a.m. EST, and will end September 18, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST. Winners will be announced on or around JSeptember 25, 2013.

How do I enter?

  1. Create a ChallengePost account and click “Register” to sign up for the challenge
  2. Download Viggle on the App Store or Google Play and create a Viggle account.
  3. Request access to the Viggle developer API by signing up as a Viggle Developer. (Click the link in Section 1.1)
  4. Review the Viggle Developer pages for important documentation and best practice tips.
  5. Create: (1) a functioning mobile web app for the Viggle platform that is built with HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript, uses responsive design, and integrates with Viggle’s native iOS and Android apps; (2) a demonstration video; (3) one or more screenshots of your app; and (4) a zipped file containing app source code as of the submission date.

How do I follow the Viggle App Jam and get updates?

When you register for the challenge, you’ll automatically be signed up to receive updates regarding the challenge. To be notified when voting begins and the winners are announced, click the “Notify Me” link. Follow us on Twitter at @viggle or join the conversation with #ViggleAppJam.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the Viggle App Jam?

Email Support@ChallengePost.com

How does public voting work?

Visitors to the site can vote for as many submissions as they like, but no more than once for a single submission. At the end of the public voting period, the votes will be tallied and verified to determine the Popular Choice award winner.

Do I need a ChallengePost account to vote?

Yes. Before you can vote for a submission, please sign up or log in to your ChallengePost account.

How do I vote?

Log in to your confirmed ChallengePost account, go to the submission you’d like to vote for, then click on the VOTE button to vote.

Do tweets and Facebook likes count as votes?

No, they do not.

Can I create more than one account to vote?

No, the use of multiple email addresses or any form of automated vote processes will subject all votes from the person to disqualification.

Solvers may not pay or otherwise compensate anyone or provide any other type of consideration in exchange for votes.

Are votes checked for eligibility before the Popular Choice Prize winner is determined?

We take the integrity of the competition extremely seriously, and verify all votes via a wide variety of criteria before a Popular Choice Award winner is determined.

What do I do if I think someone is cheating to get more votes?

Send us an email at support@challengepost.com and include a link to the submission in question.