Mobile App Idea Competition

If you have an idea that fits to be a mobile app share with us and win prize money. The teams need to present App ideas that cater to the needs of any industry/sector or add value to any current business area. The winners will get cash prize and certificates.

As online activity continues to shift to mobile, apps can prove to be a trump card for small businesses while competing with large businesses. Through apps, businesses can stay in touch with their customers, solve their queries on the go, deliver enhanced user experience, speed up sales and build a brand.

With people ubiquitously using mobile technology and falling in love with e- and m-commerce, having an app has become the new company essential. More and more companies, such as Snapchat and Uber, have apps as a central part of their operation. However, it turns out, the vast majority of mind-blowing app concepts are going down the drain -- and the Mobile App Idea Competition at NIU's Business Olympics event wants to save them.


  • Teams must be composed by current high school or community college students attending the same school.
  • Teams are encouraged to have a faculty advisor/coach.


  • Phase 1 (Mar. 3): Mobile app idea proposal submission
  • Phase 2 (Mar. 31): Mobile app idea balsamiq mockup submission
  • Phase 3 (Apr. 1): Mobile app idea competition event day at Barsema Hall, DeKalb, IL

Competition Requirements

Submit the required deliverables specified in the submission requirements section by the deadlines specified above. No extension will be provided as those are firm deadlines. Teams admitted to Phase 3 are required to physically attend the event day to be eligible of winning the cash prices.


  • First place: $200/person
  • Second place: $100/person
  • Participation certificates for all teams

Judging Criteria and Winner Selection

  • Quality
  • Value Proposition
  • Feasibility
  • Customers
  • Presentation
  • UI Design

Submit Mobile App Idea

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