Mobile App Idea Competition

If you have an idea that fits to be a mobile app, to alleviate any problem of common day, 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.

Guidelines:

Students will present in teams with maximum 5 members per team. You have up to 12 minutes for your presentation. Teams will present your mobile app ideas to a panel of student judges who will be rating it on the strength and feasibility of the idea. Your presentation will be followed by questions from the judges. Slides or other innovative visual aids are recommended for your presentation.

Tell us about your idea

  • Give your idea a working title
  • Explain in a brief way what your idea will do/solve/provide. e.g. "make operations less costly"
  • Tell who likely users/audience will be
  • Tell the story of someone who could be using your app
  • Tell us about how far along you are with your idea
  • Describe, in as much detail as you can, what you need to build, technically evaluate, or prototype your idea to get to the next stage

Questions to consider or address

  • What is the problem you are trying to solve OR the opportunity area you are interested in?
  • How many people are affected by this problem or opportunity?
  • What is the cost of this problem or opportunity?
  • How can you prove that?
  • How do people currently cope with the problem you are trying to solve?
  • What is your proposed technical/app solution to the problem? What are the key features?
  • Does something like your idea already exist? If it does, how does your version improve upon it? If it doesn't exist yet, why do you think that is?
  • It takes a lot to get someone to change their current behavior. Why would someone change their current (coping) behavior to adopt your solution?
  • What roadblocks are you dealing with/foresee with developing your idea?

If you're interested, come and join us. You know what happens if you don't enter. So take a chance. There's absolutely nothing to lose.

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