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Prize money and more awaits app competition winners

Tue, October 10, 2017

The Oklahoma State University App Center is accepting submissions for the 6th annual From Research to App Competition. The contest, to come up with winning ideas for mobile apps, is open to current OSU students, faculty and staff who can win a share of the $15,000 in prize money.

From Research to App reflects the importance of research at OSU and calls for ideas that will use scientific and scholarly knowledge to solve a problem for a user via a mobile app. The competition is co-sponsored by the Division of the Vice President for Research and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business.

During phase one of the contest, underway now through Nov. 3, entrants are asked to submit their  mobile app ideas. The top 10 ideas are pitched to judges in five-minute presentations. The winner receives $2,000 and the runner-up $1,000, while each of the remaining finalists is awarded $500.

The top two ideas move on to phase two, where several competing teams of developers will choose one of the ideas as a basis for creating a functioning app. Following demonstrations, judges will select two winners, who are awarded $3,000 each, and two runner-ups, who win $1,000. The App Center will also assist with development and commercialization of the two winning apps.

For more information and to submit app ideas before the Nov. 3 deadline, visit https://appcenter.okstate.edu/content/app-competition-2017. Phase two registration for development teams and judging dates will be announced in spring of 2018.

The App Center, sponsored by AAA, is an on-campus resource for mobile app development. The center helps individuals build apps and provides grant funding for development. Information is available at https://appcenter.okstate.edu