MAD contest challenges students to create app

Contestants competing in the Mobile Application Development (MAD) contest will pitch their original mobile app ideas to a panel of judges at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday at Stevenson Hall room 401.

State Farm will sponsor the event and the School of Information Technology will host as students, — competing alone or in pairs — will present their plan to create a mobile application targeted toward young adult users that promotes good personal and behavioral habits and is better than other apps that already exist.

Contestants will present their work in two phases. This first phase will be the analysis and the design portion of the contest in which students present their projects to a panel of judges describing their strategy and their plans to accomplish their application. The panel of judges for this phase will be made up of faculty members from ISU’s School of Information Technology.

During this phase the judges will base contestants’ work on criteria such as the promotion and development of good behavioral habits, practicality and feasibility to develop the proposed application in the allotted time, the quality of analysis and design process and the presentation to the judging panel. Students are encouraged to pitch ideas as if they were team leaders presenting a project to a prospective employer.

Finalists that advance to the second and final phase will continue to develop their projects until April 8. Competitors must have a working application at this time and will demonstrate their application before a new panel of judges selected from the staff of State Farm IT professionals. All students, staff and faculty are invited to join this portion of the judging.

“This has been a great project and is very beneficial to students. It is a great learning experience to highlight to a prospective employer,” Tal Parmenter, coordinator for theSchool of Information Technology.

Past MAD winners have created applications that helped users manage study time, track progress for exercise and promote responsible habits with drinking, which had a number of ways to measure if the user was impaired to drive.

For more information please contact Tal Parmenter at taparme@ilstu.

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