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Students are invited to compete individual or in teams of up to three IEEE student members. Any undergraduate, graduate or phd student with an active IEEE membership can compete. Multiple teams can be formed at the same university (same IEEE Student Branch). Each team can submit up to 3 different applications. One student can be part of 2 different teams (i.e. one designer can create design for two different teams). Teams must adhere to the deadline timetable defined on this page, or else their submissions will be invalid. Teams must not accept or use any help from people not in their team. Usage of free and/or open source Internet resources is allowed, but plagiarism and cheating is not.

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Scoring criteria

The scoring is performed in several categories. Categories that will be scored are:

User interface (UI)
User experience (UX)

Every application is evaluated in 4 categories with certain number of points for each category. Final score is consisted by sum of all points from every category.

Category Points % (of final score) Explanation
UI Design: 0-30 30% design of the User Interface (elements such as colors, fonts, icons)
User Experience (UX): 0-20 20% functionality, efficiency, logical structure
Usefulness: 0-20 20% providing useful information to users (depending on the content)
Availability: 5-30 30% the potential number/group of users;

Final score = UI + UX + Usefulness + Availability 

Bonus points are provided if the project is open sourced and published online on GitHub or some similar repository. In this case, the link to the project(s) must be provided when submitting the final application. Additional bonus points in this case can be awarded for the code quality (architecture, coding standards, comments, etc.). Furthermore, bonus points will be awarded if application supports more than one platform.

Winners selection

Winners are selected exclusively on the basis of overall score obtained from each judge during the evaluation phase. The scores from each of the categories are summed to obtain the overall score. Winners will be additionally notified by email before the public release of the contest results.

Submission procedures

In order to participate in contest students need to register in our official submission platform. During the idea stage students will submit their ideas about mobile applications that they would like to develop. All ideas will be evaluated within few days from submission and if accepted participants can start with the app development. For the final application submission, teams will be required to send us the following: 

  • Screenshots of the working application (minimum 4)
  • Link to the short video showing feature of the application (max 3min)
  • Application installaton files (.apk, .ipa, .xap...)
  • Short description of usefulness and technical approach and tools used while developing the application (450 words max)
  • Link to the online repository(s) of the application (if the code is published online)

Requirement of winners

IEEE may, within its sole discretion, require each prize winner to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability and publicity release, in which each winner consents to the use of his or her name, age, hometown and photo by IEEE for advertising and promotional purposes, without any additional compensation, wherever lawful, as a precondition to award of a prize. If any prize winner fails to sign and return the requested affidavit of eligibility and liability/public release as requested by IEEE, that winner may be disqualified, and his or her prize will thereafter be awarded to an alternate winner from the remaining valid entries using the criteria specified above. No transfer, assignment or substitution of a prize is permitted. All taxes and bank fees that may occur during transfer of cash prizes are solely the responsibility of each winner. All winners applications are required to be published on corresponding online markets within maximum one month after the winners announcement.

Use of entries

No entries will be returned. By entering, all participants consent to the use by IEEE of all the information provided in the entries for marketing or sales promotion purposes without any attribution, identification, right of review or compensation. 


By participating in this contest, participants agree to abide by the terms and conditions as established by IEEE. IEEE reserves the right to qualify all submissions and to reject any submissions that do not meet the requirements for participation as established by IEEE.
*Taxes and other expenditures, if any, are sole responsibility of each winning team member