This is your chance to recognize developers in the Windows community for their outstanding work over the past year. Nominations are open through March 8th.


Application Creator of the Year

Leveraging the latest Windows 10 capabilities

Exploring the latest Windows 10 features and capabilities, the winner of this award pushes the envelope and sets a new bar for what is possible for developing on the Windows 10 platform. This award recognizes an application creator that leverages the latest Windows 10 capabilities and APIs such as Fluent Design System, Ink, Hello, and Microsoft Graph.

  • Has to be published in Microsoft Store
  • Has to be leveraging SDK 15063 or later
  • Has to creatively leverage Windows 10 capabilities like Ink, Dial, Microsoft Graph, MyPeople, Live Tiles/Notifications, etc.



Game Creator of the Year

Outstanding Game contribution to the Microsoft Store

From Xbox to PCs to mixed reality, developers are creating the next generation of gaming experiences using Windows 10. The recipient of this award has created a game for which the technical achievements are as compelling as the game mechanics. This award recognizes a Windows developer who publishes an innovative, engaging, and immersive game to the Microsoft Store.

  • Has to be published in Microsoft Store
  • Has to be leveraging SDK 15063 or later
  • Leverages Xbox Live capabilities through ID@Xbox or Xbox Live Creators Program.



Reality Mixer of the Year

Creator demonstrating a unique mixed reality experience

This award celebrates those who choose to mix their own view of the world, blending digital and real-world content in creative ways and demonstrating the potential of the platform; Windows Mixed Reality helps developers create experiences that transcend the traditional view of reality. This award recognizes a Windows developer creating innovative immersive experiences with mixed reality.

  • Has to be published in Microsoft Store
  • Has to be leveraging SDK 15063 or later
  • Has to include a 3D mixed reality experience



Design Innovator of the Year

Beautiful look and feel

From the look and feel to the intuitiveness of the UI, the application of Fluent Design System elements raises the user experience standard to which all modern applications and games should adhere.  This award recognizes excellence in design in a published application, or game, that applies Fluent Design System principles to create outstanding interactive aesthetics.

  • Has to be published in Microsoft Store
  • Has to be leveraging SDK 15063 or later
  • Has to creatively leverage Fluent Design System



Commercial Innovator of the Year

Focused on an enterprise audience

Whether itís efficiency and collaboration or innovation and management, the Commercial Innovator of the Year harnesses creativity that helps organizations and their employees accomplish their goals.  This award recognizes a development talent focused on creating amazing commercial applications.

  • Has to be leveraging SDK 15063 or later



Ninja Cat of the Year

Special recognition

Some developers code to live ó this developer lives to code. This award honors a developer that demonstrates leadership as a standout Windows developer and makes significant contributions in the community to evolve the craft of development, exemplifying Microsoft's core values.


Source: Windows Developer Awards - Build 2018 - Windows app development