Grand Prize Winner Announced
For The Weather Channel SDC 2017 Innovation Challenge!
Get inspired

The Innovation Challenge


Winners and nominees


July 10, 2017
Call for entries
August 07, 2017
Deadline for APK Submission
September 17, 2017
Deadline for Prototype Submission
October 19, 2017
Grand Prize Winner Announced

Do you have an amazing, killer, innovative idea? Now you can make your idea a reality with support from The Weather Channel and Samsung! Enter the Innovation Challenge and submit your idea for a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000 USD!!



Need a reason to join our Innovation Challenge?  How about a contest prize package that totals over $150,000 USD and a chance to win big from a long list of cool prizes, including a trip to San Francisco, CA., Over two hundred passes to SDC 2017 with loads of technical content, surprises and where you will party like a rock star!  A Samsung Device, swag from Samsung and The Weather Channel, $3000 USD to build your functional app prototype, support from Samsung and The Weather Channel, a “branded” booth at SDC 2017 to demo your app to attendees, and a business opportunity with The Weather Channel to support your apps commercial success!  The grand prize package totals over $25,000 USD in cash and amazing prizes!




You can win one of two hundred passes to SDC 2017  valued at $399 USD for the first 200 eligible idea submissions, so enter early! One of five trips to SDC 2017, including travel, accommodations and four conference passes to pitch your app, for a chance to demo your app in your very own branded booth on the SDC exhibit floor, and if that’s not enough, one of five Samsung prize packages that includes a device and swag from Samsung and The Weather Channel, one of ten $3000 USD cash prizes to bring your idea to life and a grand prize that includes $10,000 USD cash!

A panel of judges will decide the winning entries, which will result in ten innovative ideas selected to create a functional prototype (APK) for a chance to win the grand prize! 

Build for the next wave of technology


Millions of people around the world use apps on their smartphones, connected devices, wearables and more – whether it’s for fitness, health, travel, education or just for fun. While there are thousands of apps available, only a few are considered successful. The Weather Channel SDC 2017 Innovation Challenge will connect your idea with the most innovative technology, experts and necessary distribution channels to help turn your app idea into a commercial success.

Gain access to the Weather Channel, makers of the world's most downloaded weather app!



Your apps must integrate The Weather Channel API and be optimized for Samsung devices and platforms including Galaxy S8 and Note S8, Gear S2 and S3, Gear VR/ 360. Judges will grant bonus points for utilizing IBM Watson APIs.