January 31, 2014: The Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago announces the Second Annual Competition for creating: ?The Excellent Mobile App?

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago announces the Second Annual Competition for creating: ?The Excellent Mobile App?

Award:
First Place Prize for iPhone platform: $300
First Place Prize for Android platform: $300

Deadline: 5pm, Friday, April 11, 2014. All material must be submitted to Santhi (santhin@uic.edu). The winners will be announced May 2, 2014

Introduction:
Mobile devices [Smartphone/Tablets] are rapidly increasing in many areas. Growth in this market is expected to skyrocket in the coming years. At present, there has been a seismic shift in computer usage from desktop/laptop computers to smartphone/tablet use. This growth has presented tremendous opportunities for creative mobile application developments.

Eligibility:
Any full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the Department of Computer Science at UIC.

Evaluation:
Each entry will be judged by a panel of Professors in the Computer Science Department.Each Submission will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity and Innovation
    • Each Submission will be rated for the degree of new thinking it brings to applications,and the creativity shown in designing for impact.
  • Functionality and Design
    • technical depth
  • User Experience
    • The ease at which the app interfaces to the user and the overall ?polish? of the app
  • Potential Societal Impact
    • Each Submission will be rated on the strength of its potential to help individuals,organizations, and communities make informed decisions to improve some aspect of their lives.
Submissions:
Submissions should be original work produced by one or more students named in the registration.
  • An essay that describes the developer(s) and demonstrates an understanding of the design process, the app?s functionality, and its potential impact or outcome. The essay should include:
    • No more than 2 single-spaced pages with 1 inch margins at 11 point font.
    • The name of the developer(s), standing i.e., undergraduates or graduates and a primary contact email address.
    • A picture of the app
    • A description of the problem or need the app is designed to address
    • Identification of the primary audience for the app
    • A description of how the app will address the problem/need
    • The process the developer(s) went through to develop its concept
    • A description of how the developer(s) used STEM skills in this process
  • A zip file containing the source code.
  • Finalist may be asked to demonstrate their App on their mobile platform to the judges.











































 
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