Judging the App Pitch Vancouver 2013

Every now and again I get asked to participate in interesting events. The App Pitch which takes place in Vancouver on March 13, 2013 is no exception. I will be part of the 6 person panel that will be judging pitches for new Windows 8 apps from developers and students. Up for grabs is a $500 gift card and tickets to the upcoming Polyglot {Un}Conference. It’s all going down at Lauch Academy in downtown Vancouver.

From the official event description:

During Round 1 (The Round Robin Pitches), teams will be broken up into groups to take turns pitching their app in three minutes to the judges assigned to that group. As a group, the judges’ job is to select the Top Six Finalists to go to the Final Round and pitch in front of the entire audience. The judges will be basing their selection on the following criteria:

  1. The “Great At” Statement
  2. The App Design
  3. The Business Side a.k.a. Making Cake

The judges are Boris Mann, Tea Nicola, Kharis O’Connell, Richard Smith, Richard Campbell, and myself.

Considering the goal of the contest it should come as no surprise that The App Pitch is hosted by Microsoft Canada, and based on previous events hosted by said multi-national software corporation it’s going to be a fun night with plenty of surprises.

If you want to take part there are still tickets available. You can also get more info over at

To be honest if I wasn’t a judge I’d be pitching my own app at the event. But I’m a judge so that would be weird.

What are you waiting for? Come up with a pitch and join in!

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a Senior Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning (formerly specializing in AI, bleeding edge web technologies, and the intersection between technology and humanity. He also occasionally teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He is a popular conference and workshop speaker on all things tech ethics, AI, web technologies, and open source.