2017 App Throwdown FAQ

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As exciting as the App Throwdown is, there can be a number of questions about the process, how winners are chosen, and logistics. We'll try to capture and explain all of these in this FAQ document. We'll likely be updating this document along the way based on your feedback and questions that come in so make sure you are following this document in your Community Inbox so you'll get email notifications of any changes we post. (You can "Follow" this from the "Actions" menu in the upper right of this page.)


Who can participate in the App Throwdown?

You! The App Throwdown is open to everyone that's done anything that gives our users a CRM Superpower! If you are a developer, hacker, partner, customer--or all of the above, then get your code out and Throw it Down!


OK, I'm in. I want to participate, what do I do first?

First, get an ID in the Sugar Community. If you don't already have one, it's super easy! To get a Community ID, just head over to our registration page (This page is also accessible by clicking the "Log in" link in the upper right hand corner of the SugarCommunity.) Once you are there, fill out your information. You'll need to verify their email as part of the registration. Once that's done, you can come back to the community and "Log in". Make sure to update your profile as well. 


I got my ID, what's next?

Easy: Write a blog! To submit an entry, you'll just be creating a blog post in this space with a video that shows your superpower (a.k.a. application and Sugar integration) in action! Check out the How to Submit Your App to the App Throwdown! document for step by step instructions.


Is there any cost to participate?

NO! All you need is a killer app, 150 words, and a video. And love. All you need is love. (Sorry, I'm still a big fan of the Beatles.)


Can I win something by participating?

YES! 10 minutes of fame on the SugarCon main stage! Adoration of millions and millions of people (or at least me), and a FREE PASS TO SUGARCON! Here's how it works. The 2017 App Throwdown Overview explains the entire process and outlines how our "Best Superpower" and "Crowd Pleaser" will be selected.  


I'm kinda busy, can I submit my app whenever I want?

OK Cinderella. You can submit your app for consideration up to midnight ET on Friday, September 1, 2017. However, remember that the sooner you submit your app, the more time you will have to get your crew to "Like" your entry and be this year's "Crowd Pleaser". 


What is the "Crowd Pleaser?"

The App Throwdown enables our community to choose who they would like to see on SugarCon's main stage competing for "Ultimate Superpower" honors. Each registered member of the community may "Like" a submission (blog post). The blog post with the most 'likes' when we close submissions on Sept 1st,  will be recognized as the 'Crowd Pleaser' and be invited to show their winning app in front of the entire conference audience on SugarCon's main stage. In order to qualify for "Crowd Pleaser" a submission must have a minimum of 20 "Likes." And don't forget, this year's "Crowd Pleaser" gets comped a pass to SugarCon!


Can I promote my entry via social media?

Absolutely! In fact, it is highly encouraged and a great way to get your peeps to vote for your entry. Make sure to use the hashtag #appthrowdown.


When will the "Crowd Pleaser" winner be announced?

The Community Favorite will be announced after submissions are closed at midnight ET on Friday, Sept 1.


I'd like to get my colleagues, LinkedIn contacts, Facebook friends, twitter followers, and my mom to "Like" my entry, how do I do this?

Easy! First, they need to register in the SugarCommunity. They can do this by navigating to the registration page. (This page is also accessible by clicking the "Log in" link in the upper right hand corner of the SugarCommunity.) Once they verify their email as part of the registration process,  you can then send them a link to your blog post. You can also use the "share" action to send this to them directly in the Sugar Community. All they have to do then is "Like" your post!! It's that easy. 


How will the "Best In Class Superpowers" be chosen?

SugarCRM's App Throwdown team will select a set of finalists from the entries that we receive.  Each finalist will be reviewed by SugarCRM's Executive Leadership team, who will select the "Best Superpower" winners.


Do I need to attend SugarCon if I win?

No. However, given that you will have the opportunity to present your application on SugarCon's main stage to all conference attendees, we highly recommend it!!  Why would you want to miss that opportunity?? And don't forget, your pass to this year's show is on the house if you are this year's Crowd Pleaser. 


When will the "Best in Class Superpower" winners be announced?

If you are a 'Best in Class Superpower' winner, you'll be notified by September 8, 2017.  We will announce the winners during SugarCon, before we open the Exhibit Hall so you will have a chance to promote your win to all of the attendees and drum up support for your app for the live SMS voting for 'Ultimate Superpower' voting during the App Throwdown Session.


Will "Ultimate Superpower" voting be in addition to the app voting on the community prior to SugarCon?

No.  Voting for "Ultimate Superpower" happens only by the audience in attendance at SugarCon, at the conclusion of the presentations at the App Throwdown.


How will the "Ultimate Superpower" be chosen?

The "Ultimate Superpower" will be chosen by the audience via live polling during SugarCon. The App Throwdown will be the last event immediately prior to the closing celebration.


Can I be awarded a "Best in Class" and "Crowd Pleaser"?



Can I win the "Triple Crown"

You bet! You can walk away with Crowd Pleaser, Best in Class, and Ultimate Superpower. Go get 'em American Pharoah!

Can I win Powerball?

It's possible! You'll have to buy your own ticket though and we've got nothing to do with it. But, if you do win, remember, I've always told everyone you're the best, and how smart you are... Remember sharing is caring and I've got a kid in college!


What if I don't have a listing on SugarExchange?

If you are an ISV partner, then, barring some unusual circumstance--which we are happy to learn about--you should have your application listed in SugarExchange. For customers and other innovators, we'll find the right place to link people who want to learn more about what your application.


Will comments be allowed on the submissions?

YES!!! The intent of these posts is to show off the applications and engage each other. Feel free to be a "Chatty Cathy!"


How do I message someone in the community?

The SugarCommunity makes it very easy to collaborate with people. All you need to do is hover over their avatar and you'll get a hover card. Inside the card is a button to follow that person. If you are already following the individual, you will also see a "Message" button.


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Is there any "Corporate Buzzkill"?

Yes. We will do our best to promote the App Throwdown, Best in Class and Community Favorite winners. However, who gets to present at SugarCon, as well as the overall administration of the contest, is, ultimately, at the discretion of SugarCRM.