Mon. 3/15 to Sun. 4/11
What’s Your App? The boundaryless@NAU App Competition
Ever had an idea for an app? What’s Your App is a chance gain insights into the evolving world of apps, learn the basics of problem solving with apps (even if you have some prior experience), get feedback on your app idea, showcase your work, and get continued support after the competition if you wish to continue.
How it Works
You apply with your idea for an app. During the competition period you work on your app and can meet with us virtually to discuss and refine as needed—this can be as much or little support as you want. At the end of the competition period you submit a link to your prototype. We’ll test, review, score, provide feedback, and announce the winner(s) in 1-2 weeks after the competition closes. Winner(s) receives a $25 gift card (if a team, each members receives $25) and recognition. All participants can continue working with us to develop their app idea.
Upcoming Competition Period: Monday, 3/15/2021 to Sunday 4/11/2021, 11:59 PM. You may apply any time during the window but earlier application will give you more time to work on your prototype. Once you apply you will be given additional information about prototype requirements and how to submit your prototype link.
Application Requirements Accordion Closed
- Be a full-time NAU undergraduate or graduate student during competition period
- Be willing to share your app prototype with the testing pool (made up of faculty, staff, and other students). All ideas are yours and won’t be stolen
- Commit to abiding by all competition rules
Competition Rules Accordion Closed
- Attend an info/kickoff session for the competition
- No plagiarism of app ideas
- No app ideas promoting/facilitating adult content, alcohol or drug use, violence, defamation or discrimination, or any other similarly harmful content
- App ideas may be rejected at the discretion of competition management
- All deliverables must be submitted by 11:59 PM the final date of the competition
FAQs Accordion Closed
- Do I need to know how to code?
No coding required. You will be developing a rough prototype–we’ll explain how to do this.
- Can I work on a team?
Yes. Teams of up to 3 are allowed. No more than 3 on a team. All team members must be full-time NAU students.
- What do you mean by “app?”
An app is any software application that solves a problem and provides value–it does not have to be an iOS or Android store app for a mobile device; we welcome plugins, Chrome extension, Slack apps, and apps built on the many other platforms. including existing apps (e.g. an app or plugin for Instagram) etc. If you’re not sure about an app reach out and we can help clarify.
- Can I use an existing app idea?
Yes. But you must complete your prototyping during the app competition time frame.
- Is my app idea safe? Do I own my app?
Yes to both. All app ideas are your intellectual property and we will not steel or use your app idea.
- Does my app have to be original?
Originality will be a judging criteria so do your homework and do you best to avoid duplicating existing apps. Your app may be like other existing apps out there if it is improving or approaching the problem these apps solve in a new way.
Judging Criteria Accordion Closed
- Problem Solving: Your app idea solves a clearly defined problem and you articulate how it provides value to the world. Problem solving is the focus of this competition; all other aspects of the app idea (graphics, user experience, etc.) are secondary to solving the problem.
- Originality: Your app solves a need in a unique and novel way. If it is addressing a need that other apps are already addressing, it is doing so in a way that is unique from existing solutions.
- Prototype Testability: Your prototype is developed to the point where someone can interact with it and get a basic idea of the value it provides and how it functions. This can be a rough/rapid prototype, see here for examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMjozqJS44M.
- Testing Feedback: Users who test your app critique the problem that’s being solved and the general functionality of the app. Note, your prototype only needs to show a representation of your apps functionality. While looks/aesthetics should aim to convince the tester that it’s a real app, the problem that the app solves and the functionality of the app are the most important factors.