And now for something completely different...

This year we decided to hold a COLLABSPHERE 2019 BEAUTY CONTEST!

No, not THAT kind of beauty contest. We all know that applications driven by Notes templates are powerful, but admittedly they haven’t had a UI or functional makeover in a very long time.

The new HCL Domino Mobile App platform brings new power to your iPad, iPhone and soon Android devices by making Notes apps available to your mobile devices. However, these apps still don’t look good. Plus there is so much more we can do with Notes and Domino V10. In June HCL launched the HCL Design Project called "Template Experience" to transform and modernize select Notes templates. Following on this excellent lead, we have decided to present this contest!!

We will be choosing a Notes template shortly for contestants to redesign, beautify, modernize and provide an innovative user experience. Unleash the designer within you and show the world!

CollabSphere has joined forces with OpenNTF to encourage our community members to join in our effort to unleash the potential of Notes and Domino V10. All winning template designs will be added and highlighted on OpenNTF so that they can be shared with the community. Contributors will receive open badges by OpenNTF to recognize their contributions plus the below prizes.

If you have never contributed an open source project to OpenNTF before, fear not! It’s easy! Lots of community members have contributed over the years. Join forces with someone who has contributed in the past, or perhaps partner up with an IBM Champion/HCL Master. If you are a Champion/Master and/or former contributor to OpenNTF, offer to be a mentor to a team. We would really love to see contributions from people in the community who have not done so in the past. Everyone benefits when we share what we know!

The contest starts on July 26, 2019. You can submit your redesigned template on this site. The deadline for submission is: Sunday, September 29 at 11:59 pm EDT. So get ready and help create an awesome experience!

For inspiration, check out the Wine Tasting App contributed by Theo Heselmans at the HCL Factory Tour in 2018, when V10 was in Beta! (

This is a global contest. One winner will be selected from each of the following regions, and we encourage localizing your template for your region and language.

  • Asia/Pacific
  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe/Middle East

A panel of judges will review the template submissions, and the four winning teams will be announced during the Opening General Session of CollabSphere on October 29, 2019. Thanks to the help of OpenNTF, winners will receive an Amazon gift certificate (or equivalent if not available in your region) and a victory lap around the CollabSphere Opening Session ballroom if you are present. Practice your Queen Elizabeth wave. Sorry, no tiaras will be provided, but maybe beer.

If you would like to learn more about the HCL Design Project "Template Experience" to redesign the different templates, go to The HCL Design Team will be sharing their experience and gathering your feedback as part of CollabSphere 2019. So come to CollabSphere in October to participate in this experience.

If you want to share your code or learn more about OpenNTF, go to