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What you need to know

  • Launch 2021 is an event for UWP and Windows 10 app developers to showcase their projects.
  • The event should run in the first week of July 2021.
  • Developers have one month left to register their projects for the event.

Each year, we cover Launch, a major event for UWP and Windows 10 developers to showcase their apps and projects. Some of the best Windows 10 apps have been featured during past Launch events, so we're looking forward to seeing what this year's event has in store. Launch 2021 should occur during the first week of July, but you only have a month to register any projects for the event. Registration closes on April 7, 2021.

Arlo Godfrey, the man behind the UWP Community Discord server is spearheading the event. Godfrey shared details about project registration and how you can help out with app development even if you aren't a developer.

How to register your project (for devs)

  1. Go to https://uwpcommunity.com/ and log in with your discord account.
  2. Go to the dashboard and click "Become a dev" if you haven't already.
  3. Click "Register an app" and fill out all the required information.
  4. Under the "More info" tab, click "Participate in Launch 2021."
  5. Save your changes. An event coordinator will contact you.

How to participate (users)

As a user / enthusiast, you can directly influence the creation of these new projects. Translators, beta testing, patreon support or just general user feedback can go a long way. Ping the project owner and see if you can help!

While I'm not a developer, I've been in many previews and beta tests. It's a fun way to get involved with app development, even if you don't know how to code.

While many of the apps featured in Launch are new UWP apps, other types of apps can be showcased. For example, major app updates or non-UWP apps might be approved by the event organizers. Additionally, apps built on the Uno Platform are eligible no matter what platform they run on.

Some examples of past apps are the myTube 4.0 update, Files UWP (now Files), and Discord client Quarrel.

If you'd like to find out more, you can head on over to the UWP Community Discord server.