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Here we announce Telegram coding contests in Android Java, iOS Swift, JS, C/C++. Discussion: @contests
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πŸ† iOS Contest, Round 3 (watchOS): Results

The results of the Third Round of the iOS Contest are here. Meet the winners:

1st PLACE – $10,000
πŸ₯‡ Hip Hyena β€” The most stable app that has all the major features implemented and offers a significantly better performance and speed than the rest of the submissions. However, the app could have benefited from more thorough preliminary testing to get rid of glitches.
Penalties (-$1,000):
– Broken 2FA flow.

2nd PLACE – $7,000
πŸ₯ˆ Perfect Wasp β€” The contestant implemented most of the required features. However, the app did not achieve the level of speed and performance we expected. There's also room for improvement in both stability and attention to detail.

3rd PLACE – $4,000
The third-place winners support logging in, viewing the chat list, and accessing messages. Their apps can render certain media types and can interact with the Settings screen. However, certain media types and some of the Settings options are missing. Additionally, various major issues are present, ranging from severe to medium.
πŸ₯‰ Fairy Turtle
πŸ₯‰ Sleek Rabbit
πŸ₯‰ Noble Puma
Penalties (-$1,000):
– App crashes when scrolling chats.
πŸ₯‰ Hardy Goose
Penalties (-$2,000):
– Broken 2FA flow.
– App crashes after scrolling chats or the Settings screen.

4th PLACE – $2,000
These apps support logging in, viewing the chat list, and accessing chat messages. Unfortunately, these submissions can't handle most media types. Additionally, support for major required features (like sending messages, accessing the Settings screen and interacting with its options) is missing. Finally, their overall speed and stability are below average.
πŸŽ– Wise Whale
πŸŽ– Busy Phoenix
πŸŽ– Classy Whale
πŸŽ– Smart Fish
πŸŽ– Cuddly Griffin
Penalties (-$1,000):
– Broken 2FA flow.

Honorable mentions – $1,000
These contestants implemented rendering the chat list, but didn't implement any other features or actions.
πŸ… Wise Ibex
πŸ… Noble Beaver

More detailed comments from our judges for each of the submissions are available on Congratulations to the winners!

We expect to publish the results of the GIF contest later this week, stay tuned!
πŸ† GIF Contest, Round 1 Results

Announcing Round 2 and the results of Round 1 of the GIF Contest.

Round 1 Results
Each of the submitted GIFs was rated 1-3 by our judges. The rating reflects image quality, the overall usability of the GIF and its relevance for the chosen emoji.

GIFs with a rating of 2.67+ received $40 each. GIFs with a rating between 2-2.66 received $20 each.

Bonus points

1. Original winning GIFs (with a 2+ rating) that were recorded for this contest by the participants received an extra $40 per GIF.

2. Winning GIFs (with a 2+ rating) with sizes up to 300KB received a size bonus of $15. GIFs between 300KB and 499KB received a bonus of $7.

Meet the winners!
πŸ₯‡Quirky Cow – $3,553
πŸ₯ˆNice Mule – $2,055
πŸ₯‰Witty Crow – $1,636

πŸŽ–View All 118 Winners

Congratulations to all winners! Round 2 starts immediately, see details in the next message.
πŸ† GIF Contest, Round 2

Round 2 of the GIF contest starts now.

Status: Evaluating results. (view submissions)

Dates: 8 Sept - 8 Nov 9 Nov (23:59 Dubai time)
Prize fund: $50,000
Who can take part: Everyone! Even if you didn't participate in Round 1.

The task is similar: create between 10 and 100 GIF-style reaction videos (examples here) that express emotions similar to these emoji:



In Round 2, you must create reaction videos from iconic and popular movies, series, cartoons, TV shows, etc. (examples) All reaction videos must meet the technical requirements below.

Technical requirements:

1. Format: MP4, no sound.

2. Aspect ratio: anything between 1:1 – 4:3 (βœ… good examples).

- GIFs must not include stripes that make a widescreen video fit in the required format (bad example).
- Sides must not be squished to fit the aspect ratio (bad example).

3. Max. duration: 5 seconds.

4. Image quality. Aim for top video quality (βœ… good examples, ❌ bad examples).

- No grainy videos with noticeable pixelation, etc.
- No blurry, overexposed videos, etc.
- Cut content carefully: GIFs must not jitter (animation too short) or jump (animation contains irrelevant frames).

5. Max. size: 300 KB. Aim for the smallest size necessary to maintain the level of quality described above (likely around 70-300KB).

6. On-screen text is not required. If you use on-screen text, you must use consistent fonts on all GIFs in your submission. Please keep your source files, because we may ask you to edit the text if your submission wins a prize.

7. Expressiveness and relevance to emoji. All GIFs must be relevant to their chosen emoji and express the emotion clearly. (If you're not sure whether the video shows πŸ˜‘,😑,πŸ™„ or 😳 – it's probably not a very good fragment).

We will explain how to submit your reaction videos later, stay tuned to @contest.

Reaction videos created in this contest will be watermarked with links to the public channels of their creators – and potentially suggested to Telegram users.

Good luck!
New contest for Android developers will be announced this Friday. The task will be to implement certain new features for the Telegram Android app. The winner of this contest may also be able to join the Telegram team.

The results of the previous competitions will be published next week.
November 2021 Android Contest

Status: πŸ† Results announced

Prize fund: $50,000
Deadline: 23:59 on November, 15 (Dubai Time)

Task: Implement new features in Telegram for Android based on the mockups provided.

β€’ This contest in only open for Russian-speaking developers. Nationality is not important, but you must be fluent in Russian to participate.
β€’ Everyone is welcome to participate, even if they didn't take part in our previous contests.
β€’ Authors of the best submissions may get a chance to join the Telegram team.
β€’ There is the possibility of a second round open to the winners of this round.

Telegram Contests
Submissions for the GIF Π‘ontest are open until March 31, 23:59 (Dubai time). We suggest that you try submitting at least some of your reaction videos early – to make sure you've familiarized yourself with the process. Videos submitted late will not be accepted…
GIF Contest, Round 2: Submissions Open!

You can now submit your reaction videos to the GIF Contest by uploading them to one of your public channels.

Please read the full instructions before you upload anything:

In addition to submitting your videos, you MUST register with @ContestBot (send /start, then choose GIF Animation Contest).

The deadline is November 8 November 9, 23:59 (DUBAI TIME). We recommend you to begin submitting your videos as early as possible.

Good luck!
GIF Contest, Round 2: Submission FAQ

Submissions for Round 2 of the GIF Π‘ontest are open until November 8 November 9, 23:59 (Dubai time).

Warning: If you have uploaded any gifs before the announcement on Nov 7, they are not participating in the contest (unless the bot says they are).


If you have any questions, please check the FAQ.

A few extra tips, in case you're having any issues:

1. Prepare your videos for publication in an external video editor (it is not recommended to use the built-in Telegram media editor for this purpose).
- Aspect ratio: between 1:1 and 4:3
- No audio track! (especially important for uploading via desktop apps)
- Suggested width: 380, 640 or 848
- Suggested height: a multiple of 16 (but remember to use the correct aspect ratio!)

(Other widths/heights may also work
– but if you run into problems, try the suggested ones.)

2. Once you've prepared your videos for publication, use an official app to send them to your channel.
- Send as a video (not file).
- If you use a mobile app, set the maximum quality.
- If you use iOS, disable audio before sending (tap on the speaker icon) – even if you removed the soundtrack when preparing the video for publication.
- If you use Android, don't disable audio – instead remove the soundtrack when preparing video for publication.

3. If @ContestBot tells you your videos were not accepted, you can tap the "Show videos with issues" button to get details on each problematic video.

4. If the bot tells you you haven't submitted any videos, see number 1 in this messageπŸ‘†.

5. Note on audio tracks:

If @ContestBot doesn’t recognize the videos, make sure that you have disabled the soundtrack completely before uploading. Your video file must have no audio channels for desktop apps to recognize them properly.

There are many ways of disabling the audio track in a video. If you’re having difficulties, we suggest googling for a solution that works best for you.

6. Note on size:

If you uploaded your videos more than a few hours ago and @ContestBot says their size is too large, try re-uploading them again.

If you tried again and it's still not working, try saving them with the standard H.264 preset: preset=medium, crf=23 β€” and re-upload again.

This should also help if your video gets stuck at 100% during uploading to public channels with the correct caption.
Given that some participants in the Second Round of the GIF Contest encountered issues with uploading their reaction videos and some uploaded them too early to be accepted, we've decided to extend submissions by one more day.

The new deadline is November 9, 23:59 (Dubai time).

If you are having any issues, please see this message for details.
GIF Contest, Round 2: Submissions

We received 33,792 reaction videos from 460 participants in the Second Round of the GIF Contest.

Everybody is welcome to view the submissions using GIF search in any Telegram app:
- Open the GIF panel (a tab in the sticker panel)
- Type #reactiongif in the search box
- You can refine the search by adding one emoji after the hashtag.

Have fun while our judges evaluate the results!
πŸ†Sticker App Contest: Results

After hundreds of hours of testing, we are ready to announce the results of the Sticker App Contest.

Although we’ve discovered a dozen nice apps among the 79 submissions, none of those can be considered a perfect Sticker App before addressing the issues we've mentioned in our reviews for each app.

Evaluation criteria
In our evaluation, a solid sticker app is an app that allows:
β€’ Exporting whole packs, not just individual stickers.
β€’ Has zero major crashes.
β€’ Supports local caching.
β€’ Provides an option to keep several sets and edit stickers or reassign emoji after publishing.
β€’ Offers more than a basic editor for imported images.

Contest highlights
Humble Antelope came close to achieving all of the above with their TStick app on both Android and iOS.

Fluffy Giraffe on Android and Jolly Croc on iOS went for a creative approach and submitted advanced editors for animated stickers. (Unfortunately, both these apps require significant polishing before they are ready for large-scale use).

We'd also like to commend contestants who focused on user experience – adding intro screens, onboarding messages and useful tooltips, like Huge Shark and others.

Some of the other ideas we liked: Fairy Zebra's meme face swap tool and Subtle Phoenix's tool to export drawings as animated stickers (unfortunately, this app doesn't support sticker sets and only allows exporting a single sticker).

We’re rewarding all contest entries that allowed users to create some stickers and export them to Telegram. We hope that these contestants will be able to use the prize money to further improve their apps. In total, 57 of 79 submissions have qualified for prizes. Certain submissions received penalties due to issues, like prominent crashes.

πŸ₯‡1st PLACE – $2,000
3 submissions (3 Android + 1 iOS app)

πŸ₯ˆ2nd PLACE – $1,500
11 submissions (5 Android + 6 iOS apps)

πŸ₯‰3rd PLACE – $750
25 submissions (12 Android + 14 iOS apps)

πŸŽ–4th PLACE – $500
18 submissions (14 Android + 8 iOS apps)

You can find the final results and prize breakdowns, together with detailed comments and penalties from our judges on the Contest Platform.

What's next?
Participants of this contest retain all rights to the apps they created, and are welcome to launch them as independent startups β€” as well as potentially monetize them. However, we recommend fixing the issues identified by our judges first. πŸ˜‰

Anyone can use our platform for third-party apps to help users create stickers for Telegram (check out the documentation here).

We're planning to announce other similar contests in the future. Stay tuned!
All reaction videos submitted for the GIF Contest, Round 2 are now available on

We invite all participants to add a comment to their submissions with any details about their work they’d like to share with our judges.

Everyone is also welcome to leave their feedback on the submissions – our judges may take it into account when assigning awards (ratings on the platform will not affect the results).

Stay tuned for more news about the evaluation of the GIF contest.
GIF Contest, Round 2: Evaluation

Telegram judges have completed the initial evaluation phase for Round 2 of the GIF Contest. While they continue evaluating reaction videos, we invite everyone to help them.

Community Evaluation
Phase 1: Image Quality

@ContestRatingBot will let you rate the image quality of the first 920 reaction videos. If you successfully complete this task before 23:59 Dubai time on December 20, we may invite you to process more reaction videos for monetary compensation.

We collected some examples of good and bad quality reaction videos in this channel. Please study them and the judging criteria carefully before you begin sorting.

What happens then?

Success in this task will depend on how close your ratings are to the verdicts carried out by Telegram Judges. Those with the best results will be invited to participate in a paid task to process more reaction videos.

Once Phase 1 is over, submissions with acceptable image quality will be evaluated in Phase 2: Relevance to determine whether they are expressive enough and relevant for their chosen emoji.

Good luck!
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GIF Contest, Round 2: Evaluation Telegram judges have completed the initial evaluation phase for Round 2 of the GIF Contest. While they continue evaluating reaction videos, we invite everyone to help them. Community Evaluation Phase 1: Image Quality @ContestRatingBot…
Thanks to everyone who used @ContestRatingBot to rate the quality of reaction videos.

We will reach out to those who achieved the best scores. Expect to hear from us before 23:59 Dubai time on Friday, December 24.

Everyone is welcome to keep using the bot while we finish evaluating the results. The final results of round 2 should become available in January.
GIF Contest, Round 2: Community Evaluation

As our judges continue evaluating submissions, we have selected some of you to join our effort based on how well you did in our previous task.

Those who were selected have received a notification from @ContestRatingBot.

A most deserved thank you goes out to everyone who completed the task!

If you completed the task but were not selected, don’t worry: we still could use your help.

Starting on December 27th, the bot will let everyone rate an additional 1000 gifs, and will continue adding more gifs at regular intervals as we process everything. Those who successfully rate gifs according to our guidelines might still be chosen as paid helpers.

Expect to see updated guidelines in the bot, along with new examples.
Forwarded from Telegram Designers
πŸ†Android Design Competition 2021: Results

We are happy that 47 designers from all over the world chose to participate in the
Android Design Competition.

Unfortunately, none of the design concepts met the ideal submission criteria required forπŸ₯‡1st Place.

Each of theπŸ₯ˆ2nd Place entries would require a substantial amount of work and considerable polishing to make the submission suitable for use in future Android Developer contests.

Even though no submission could be awardedπŸ₯‡1st Place, we decided to increase the prize fund by another $18,000 to properly reward all the efforts that went into this content.

Congratulations to the winners!

2nd PLACE – $2,500
πŸ₯ˆGrim Shark
πŸ₯ˆClever Cow
πŸ₯ˆHappy Squid
πŸ₯ˆMighty Unicorn
πŸ₯ˆTactful Turkey
πŸ₯ˆKeen Pony
πŸ₯ˆBusy Phoenix
πŸ₯ˆEager Jackal

3rd PLACE – $2,000
πŸ₯‰Crazy Peacock
πŸ₯‰Tall Mantis
πŸ₯‰Kind Parrot
πŸ₯‰Dreamy Leopard
πŸ₯‰Mad Spider
πŸ₯‰Cute Lemur

4th PLACE – $1,000
πŸŽ–Huge Puffin
πŸŽ–Groovy Ladybird
πŸŽ–Swift Shark
πŸŽ–Little Otter
πŸŽ–Groovy Fox
πŸŽ–Fit Wolf
πŸŽ–Stone Ant
πŸŽ–Holy Eagle
πŸŽ–Night Gnat
πŸŽ–Groovy Mink
πŸŽ–Savvy Swan
πŸŽ–Stone Swallow
πŸŽ–Hardy Bull
πŸŽ–Sunny Swan
πŸŽ–Sexy Leopard
πŸŽ–Tanned Cat

All the above winners also get the opportunity to prove their skill in the second stage of the design contest, which ends on January 22, 2022.
Forwarded from Telegram Designers
We invite all 30 winners of the design contest to take part in the second stage of the competition – to design the main screens of a native Telegram app for Windows 11.

Prize fund: 40,000 USD
Deadline: January 22, 2022 @ 23:00 Dubai Time
Who can take part: All 30 winners of the first stage
Announcement of results: January 30, 2022
Goal: Design main screens for the Windows 11 native Telegram app in accordance with the newest guidelines of Windows 11 and using the latest approaches of that platform (e.g. blurred backgrounds). The mockups and functionality shown should also be consistent with the Telegram apps on other platforms.

The screens that are necessary to design:

- Chat list with all types of chats shown (channels, groups, secret chats, bots)
- Chats with all types of messages shown (voice and video messages, videos, photos, polls, documents)
- The UI to send files/media and add captions to them.
- The UI to record voice and video messages.
- Voice/Video chats and 1-to-1 calls
- Main settings and Chat settings

To check out what a native Windows Telegram app looks like, you can try Unigram @unigramappx. It is possible that the best design solutions will be implemented into Unigram. To check the functionality of Telegram desktop apps, please refer to
Participants in Round 2 of the Design Competition can now submit their designs to @ContestBot as a ZIP archive (choose Designers Contest).

Please start uploading your file in advance so that there is enough time to complete the process. You can resubmit your file at any time before the deadline.
Design Competition, Round 2: Submissions

We received 23 submissions for the Second Round of the Design Competition.

Everyone is welcome to check out the designs on while our judges evaluate the results:

We ask each participant to add a comment to their submission with a brief explanation of the structure of their archive, how it is intended to be viewed, as well as of anything else that might need an explanation. Good luck!
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πŸ† Design Competition, Round 2: Results

We are pleased to recognize the progress many designers achieved in the Second Round.

This round required designers to take on a different platform, and they delivered – bringing modern and fresh concepts to transform @unigram for Windows 11.

In total, 22 out of 23 participants have earned a prize. Unfortunately, we could not award Groovy Mink's entry due to it having an insufficient number of screens. Thanks to everyone for participating in the contest – and congratulations to the winners!

1st PLACE – $3,500
πŸ₯‡Sunny Swan
πŸ₯‡Mighty Unicorn
πŸ₯‡Happy Squid

2nd PLACE – $2,000
πŸ₯ˆGroovy Ladybird
πŸ₯ˆCute Lemur
πŸ₯ˆBusy Phoenix
πŸ₯ˆClever Cow
πŸ₯ˆGroovy Fox
πŸ₯ˆHardy Bull
πŸ₯ˆMad Spider

3rd PLACE – $1,500
πŸ₯‰Swift Shark
πŸ₯‰Crazy Peacock
πŸ₯‰Keen Pony
πŸ₯‰Grim Shark
πŸ₯‰Dreamy Leopard
πŸ₯‰Sexy Leopard
πŸ₯‰Tactful Turkey
πŸ₯‰Night Gnat

4th PLACE – $1,000
πŸŽ–Holy Eagle
πŸŽ–Fit Wolf
πŸŽ–Stone Swallow
πŸŽ–Tanned Cat
GIF Contest, Round 2: Community Evaluation

Phase 1: Image Quality

Our quality evaluation has ended! πŸŽ‰
We would like to thank everyone who contributed β€” together we were able to gather millions of ratings across 33,792 reaction videos in just a few weeks.

We've identified more than 8,000 high-quality reaction videos that will now be further evaluated in Phase 2.

Phase 2: Relevance

@ContestRatingBot will let you rate the relevance of the first 920 reaction videos. If you successfully complete this task before 23:59 Dubai time on February 21, we may invite you to process more reaction videos for monetary compensation.

We collected some examples in this channel. Please study them and the judging criteria carefully before you begin sorting.

What happens then?

Success in this task will depend on how close your ratings are to the verdicts carried out by Telegram Judges. Those with the best results will be invited to participate in a paid task to process more reaction videos.

Good luck!