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2018 CityU Digital Business Innovation Festival

One Health · Digital Society · Smart City

App Innovation
Contest

for All Higher Education Students

Organised by
Special Thanks

Apple Education
Program and Enterprise Team

Develop Your App Idea
to Impact
the World

Ready to take up the challenge to make the world a better place?
Do you aspire to be a trendsetter in the digital age?

Join the contest in a group of 2 to 5 members.
Identify one unmet challenge in the following Themes and submit an app idea to solve it.
We offer you a platform to nurture your business ideas and enhance your skill set for turning your idea into an app.

What’s in it for you?

Gain Real-World Insights
Gain market insights and expert support in developing your project
Join Free Apple Coding Workshops
Learn Swift, Apple’s robust and intuitive programming language for everyone
Connect with Industry Professionals
Discuss and fine-tune your ideas with industry professionals to develop a better app project
Win Scholarships up to HK$20K
Have a chance to win scholarship awards and academic or industry support to develop a real app

THE THEMES

One
Health

human and natural ecosystems

Develop interdisciplinary collaborations to improve well-being for humans and natural ecosystems

Healthcare
Environmental Sustainability
Medical Humanities

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Digital
Society

sustainable growth in society

Design and deploy digital technologies to increase social welfare and achieve sustainable growth of society

Fintech
e-Business & e-Commerce
e-Learning & Education

MORE

Smart
City

quality of life

Leverage information & communication technology to better manage a city's assets and enhance quality of life

Smart Home
Sharing Economy
e-Government & Civic Services

MORE

HOW TO JOIN

Team Enrolment and App Idea Submission

Form a team of 2 to 5 members to transform your innovative idea into a pitch-ready prototype or an app that solves an unmet challenge in one of the Themes above. Apply now and submit your app idea before 18 Dec 2017 0:00.

Notes:
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • Students of higher education (including universities, colleges, polytechnics, vocational institutes at higher diploma, associate degree, undergraduate, or postgraduate degrees of all disciplines)

  • It is suggested that you team up with members from multiple disciplines to take care of creative, design, programming, and marketing related tasks

  • One of the team members must be registered as an Apple developer (registration is free) or a member of a paid Apple Developer Program

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to join free coding workshops offered by Apple Education and other consultation sessions with industry experts for preparing the pitch-ready prototypes or apps for final submission.

Finalists will be notified to join a pitching presentation. The awards ceremony will be held in mid-May 2018.

Free Workshops and Final Submission

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to join free coding workshops offered by Apple Education and other consultation sessions with industry experts for preparing the pitch-ready prototypes or apps for final submission.

Pitching Day and Awards Ceremony

The highest-scoring teams will be invited to present their projects during pitching day, when the Judges will select the final awardees in mid-May 2018.

Important
Dates

Team Enrolment and App Idea Submission

The deadline is extended to

0:00 18 DEC

2017
Deadline of Registration and App Idea Submission
Apply Here

MID DEC

2017
Selection of Shortlisted Entrants

Free Workshops and Final Submission

EARLY JAN

2018
Notification of Shortlisted Entrants

25 27 JAN

2018
Briefing Session & Introductory Workshops

Program Briefing and Business Sharing Session

Everyone Can Code Workshop – Learn to Code:
Introductory session for Non-coders

Everyone Can Code Workshop – App Development with Swift:
Introductory and Hands-on Session for Coders

EARLY FEB

2018
Bootcamp Workshops

Everyone Can Code Workshop – App Development with Swift:
Advanced Hands-on Skills training

MAR

2018
Project Consultations and App Clinic Sessions

15 APR

2018
Deadline of Pitch-ready App/Prototype Submission

Pitching Day and Awards Ceremony

EARLY MAY

2018
Notification of Finalists

MID MAY

2018
Pitching Day & Awards Ceremony

IDEA

DESIGN

prizes

Gold Award

HK$20,000

Silver Award

HK$12,000

Bronze Award

HK$8,000

Winning team members will also:

Receive Award Certificates
Have chances to enter other regional competitions or worldwide scholarships
Have chances to get internship opportunities offered by industry partners

Shortlisted participants will:

Receive Certificates of Achievement issued by the organiser and key partner, upon completion of the workshops and consultations

JUDGING CRITERIA

ENTRY SCREENING

Members of the contest organizing committee will independently inspect all app ideas received before the entry, and judge them according to the following criteria. Shortlisted teams will be invited to proceed to next stage.

  • Relevance to chosen theme

    How well does the app idea align with the theme of the festival?

  • Importance of problem/need

    Does the app idea address a real problem/need that people experience?

  • Quality of solution

    Can the app idea solve the identified problem/need?

  • Impacts of the app idea

    What is the app idea’s potential impact in the chosen theme?

FINAL SUBMISSION

The apps/prototypes and project descriptions submitted at the final submission will be independently evaluated by members of the Judging Panel. Each submission will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria by two Judges with relevant expertise; the highest-scoring teams will be invited to present their projects during pitching day, when the Judges will select the final awardees.

  • Uniqueness of the solution

    Does the app/prototype provide a new solution that is not available today?

  • Creativity of the app/prototype

    How innovative is the app/prototype in solving the identified problem/need?

  • Value proposition

    Does the app/prototype have a strong value proposition for the user?

  • Sustainability

    Will the app/prototype remain relevant over time?

  • Scalability

    Is the solution scalable?

  • Design

    Is the app/prototype well designed?

  • Usability

    How user-friendly is the app/prototype?

  • Presentation Quality

    Quality of writing

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