Mobile App Idea Competition

$900.00 CASH AWARDS
(Undergraduates and Graduate students):

First Place $500
Second Place $ 300
Third Place $ 100

What is the purpose?

Do you have an idea for an App? Enter the competition and win $500. You don’t have to know anything about app development or be able to code; you just have to come up with the idea and explain how it works.

Who qualifies?

We are looking for an idea that will solve some sort of problem or will make life easier for the user.

1. All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University during spring 20xx semester.
2. Each team should be four members or less.
3. Individual students are also encouraged to participate
4. If your team is selected as a finalist, each member must attend the competition finals to be considered for a prize

What are the guidelines?

Guidelines for describing and presenting your idea (1-2 Pages s):

1. Why do people need this mobile app? e..g. what needs will be met or what or
specific problem is your app supposed to solve?

2. Describe what the mobile app will do, including details on its functionality, features, and aesthetic. This section addresses the questions, what will the mobile app do, how will it do it, and what will it look like?

3. Who are you solving it for (the market it will be used in)? Describe your potential customers, e.g., demographics, lifestyle, etc. Have you spoken with potential customers to test your idea? What are they saying?

4. Who else is doing it or something like it? List your existing or potential competitors and explain what are they doing to solve the problem that you have identified?

5. Explain how your App is different from what is already available? Be specific?

How do I submit my business idea?

1. Submit an electronic copy of your app idea prepared according to the competition guidelines above.

2. Teams and individuals may submit more than one entry. However, only one entry per team or individual will be selected to advance to the finals.

3. .All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on February xx, 20xx. No late submission will be accepted. Each entry should be no more than 1-2 pages and accompanied by a completed and signed App Idea Competition Registration Form.

4. Substitution of team members is NOT allowed after the registration

5. Send all submissions and inquiries to:
Dr. Thaddeus McEwen
Merrick Hall 142
Phone: (336) 285-3356
E-mail: mcewent@ncat.edu

How will the winners be selected?

Each entry will be reviewed by a panel of judges. The decision of the judges is final. (Do not include any names on the app idea document). The judges will select the top five (5) entries that will advance to the finals.

The app idea competition finals will be held on February xx, 20xx. Each finalist will have 2 minutes to present the app idea and the judges will select the winner and the two runners up.

Judges will be looking for how well the presentation addressed the questions given in the guidelines: why is the app needed? How will your app solve the problem/what will the app do? How will it do it? Who are you solving it for? Who else is doing it or something like it? How is your solution different from what is already available?
Other criteria for judging are: the quality of the presentation, creativity, and the feasibility of the app idea.

How will the winners be recognized?

The competition finals will take place during the celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week. Winners will be announced and recognized after the finals.

Prizes will be offered as follows: winner, $500, 2nd place $300 and 3rd place $100.

Notes:

The University, in its sole and absolute discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual or team from the competition at any time (before or after the judging or the awarding of prizes) for any reason. Reasons for disqualifying may include, but not limited to plagiarism and any other form of academic dishonesty, misappropriation, or any failure to comply with the rules, and disqualified teams shall forfeit any and all prizes awarded to them.

The Department of Management and the School of Business and Economics are not responsible for any proprietary information and/or intellectual property included in the submission to the app competition. The protection of intellectual property is the sole responsibility of the individuals or team participating in the competition. Non-Disclosure Agreements will not be signed by the judges, or anyone associated with the competition.