Smart phone app contest to showcase student creativity

If you have an idea for a smartphone app, State Farm is hosting a competition that will give you the opportunity to showcase your ideas.

Sign ups for the Mobile Application Development contest, hosted through the information technology department, will be at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday in Old Union, Room 213D.

Students can sign up individually or as a two person team. The focus of this contest is to present phone apps that are unique compared to what we have seen in the past.



The first stage, which is the Pitch Presentation, will take place on Feb. 26 and 27. Contestants will be able to give a 10-minute presentation about the app they have developed.

During these 10 minutes contestants should prove that the app is original, explain how problems that may occur with the app will be addressed and show how the app will be beneficial.

Following the 10-minute presentation, a group of IT faculty will choose finalists to enter the next stage that will take place on Tuesday, April 8. During this 15-minute presentation, contestants will demonstrate their app on the device it is meant to be used on.

Contestants should demonstrate how the app works, explaining its complex features, and show why people will continue to use it on a regular basis.

Based on the presentations, IT faculty will vote on the contest winners present the winner’s award on April 11.

Any student, who is enrolled at ISU, no matter what major, can participate in the contest. The phone app being developed can be any type of app as long as it is useful.

Suggestions include apps that cover health, education, time management and driving. For this contest, the target audience is from ages eight to 25. According to the contest guidelines, the app will receive a higher score if it promotes good behavioral skills or if it gives users a “game feel,” meaning it is as entertaining as it is useful.

For more information on the MAD contest, contact Tal Parmenter at

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