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The NativeScript Challenge on UpLabs is Back! 🥊

October 8, 2019 — by Rob Lauer

Last year, NativeScript partnered with UpLabs to invite mobile app developers and designers to collaborate on simple, but engaging, apps to showcase the ease of development and power of {N}. We couldn't have been more pleased with the apps you created!

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See the results from the 2018 NativeScript/UpLabs Challenge!

And we're back with another challenge!


If you're new here, UpLabs is a popular community of designers and developers who create gorgeous app concepts and mockups on everything from a Netflix redesign to screens with nothing to show.

This NativeScript/UpLabs challenge involves using the NativeScript Playground to create a small-ish app (e.g. 1-5 pages/views) that works equally well on both iOS and Android.

There is no specific theme so the world is your oyster with this challenge! If you need some ideas, you should consider an app that:

  • Provides a digital assistant or chatbot UI 🤖
  • Shows off how an insurance company might handle a claim 🚗💥
  • Gives bank 💰 or credit card 💳 companies fun and a new ways to engage their users

You can also display the weather, use some fancy charts/graphs, create some cool data entry forms, build the next great housing/hotel app...anything that looks good on a mobile device.

Oh, did we mention there are significant cash prizes?! 🤑

Intimidated by the thought of trying to create a "gorgeous" app? Have no fear! You can request a partner and we will do our best to hook up NativeScript developers with designers from UpLabs!


Registration + App Submission Period: October 7th to November 17th (6 weeks)

Voting: November 18th to November 24th Midnight PST (7 days)

Winners announced: November 25th!

Register for the NativeScript UpLabs Challenge on

NOTE: There are some specific requirements for your submission. Please make sure that:

  • The link to the NativeScript Playground project is shared with us when you are done.
  • Your mobile app contains at least one screen, preferably more though!
  • Your app is developed and runs in the NativeScript Playground equally well on both iOS and Android.
  • Your work was created for this challenge, it's unique and your own.
  • You only make one submission for this challenge.

Please note that your app does not have to use "live" backend data. Apps that function with mock data are just fine.

Remember that if you have the technical skills, but not the design skills, you can always find a designer from UpLabs to help you out!

App Inspiration

Take a look at the code samples on the NativeScript Marketplace for more ideas! Many of these sample apps came from last year's challenge.

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Prizes 🤑

The winner will have their best works featured in the UpLabs newsletter and shared with 590,000+ professionals from around the world - including companies such as Google, Airbnb, and Facebook.

And of course we are offering massive cash prizes for this competition! A total of $3,000 will be delivered to the individuals/teams who provide the most amazing apps. Specifically the prize breakdown looks like this:

  • A panel of NativeScript experts will choose their favorite and the winner will receive $2,000.
  • The highest-voted app on will receive $1,000.

Show Us Your Stuff!

We're looking forward to seeing what our amazing community comes up with, all while pushing the limits of the NativeScript Playground! 🚀

Sign up for the NativeScript UpLabs Challenge