Google has announced that its upcoming collection of Android Wear watch faces – no doubt part of Android Wear 2.0 – is going to be crowdsourced. In collaboration with Paper Magazine, the Android Wear team will judge entries of watch face designs – not actually functioning watch faces – and select five winners.
Again, this is a design contest, not a coding challenge, so all you’re required to do is design the look of a watch face and submit it to Instagram before September 15. You’ll need to append the hashtags #AndroidWear and #WearWhatYouWant to your entry and you can use the same to check out the other submissions. You’re only permitted to submit one design though.
— Android Wear (@AndroidWear) August 26, 2016
The judging panel consists of a veritable who’s-who of the design glitterati (I clearly have no idea what I’m talking about) including Cynthia Rowley, Jenné Lombardo, Ty Hunter, Android Wear designer Morten Just, and Paper Magazine chief editor, Mickey Boardman. The judges will select five Finalists and one of those will ultimately be selected as the Grand Prize Winner.
The grand prize winner will be awarded a mentorship with one of the judges mentioned above, score a trip to Paris Fashion Week (with a +1) and pick up either a regular Huawei Watch in black or silver or the “elegant” or “jewel” version. They’ll also get a couple of MODE watch bands, several catered meals (including one with a Googler) and some other fun stuff.
- You can read the full terms and conditions here.
Does this sound like something you might enter? What makes for a good watch face?