Developers hear ye, hear ye! To celebrate the inauguration of the Pebble appstore on Android, Pebble is summoning app developers from all corners of the known world to partake of the ultimate app making challenge for one of the most popular smartwatches in the market.

The mechanics of the competition sounds more like a face-off than an outright contest, with a dose of audience voting added. Participating developers have up to March 23, 5 p.m. PST to submit their entries. Then from the 24th to the 27th, both users and developers will whittle down the list to the top 16. Then starting the first week of April, the finalists will be paired and one app per day will face off with its rival, and users will get to vote on who lives to fight another day.

The qualifications for entry are quite low. Any developer can enter any number of apps, ranging from watchapps, watchfaces, or even companion apps. The only hard requirement is that the apps make use of the shiny new Pebble SDK 2.0, and be available on the Pebble appstore as well. Even already existing apps need not be a stranger. Developers can enter paid apps into the contest, but since the users will be to the ones to decide its fate, that might not be a bright idea just yet.

The competition might be tough, but the rewards might be worth it. The grand prize app, and its developer, of course, will be awarded $5,000. But losers need not go home empty handed as each of the top 16 finalists will receive their very own Pebble Steel in the end.

SOURCE: Pebble