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SDSU to host first annual student app development contest

Brookings S.D. (KELO AM) - Sponsored by Vision Brookings, with prizes funded by the SDSU Office of the President, the contest will provide SDSU students an opportunity to showcase their technical, entrepreneurial and innovative skills. Students are invited to submit their independently developed mobile app for consideration.

An informational meeting will kick off the competition on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Lewis and Clark room at the University Student Union. At the meeting, students will be encouraged to find potential student collaborators, ask questions about the competition and meet with representatives of local business who are being invited to attend and explore working with students to develop apps for their companies.

Student teams will have until March 24 to develop and submit their applications. Judging will take place April 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Lewis and Clark room. The prize pool is $5,000 with the disbursement breakdown yet to be determined.

“The competition will show what our students are capable of doing,” said William Aylor, director of the Technology Transfer Office at SDSU and coordinator of the contest. “It will enable local businesses to look at students for possible tech positions or to find students to fulfill an app need that they might have.”

An app can be any working web-based or native software application for computing on phones, tablets and other mobile devices. An abstract detailing the application, the need it serves and the audience for which it is intended must be included with each submission.

In addition, the app must include only material that is owned by the developer or that has appropriately documented permission from the copyright/trademark owner for use.

For a complete list of contest rules go to http://www.sdstate.edu/research/tto/stuappcom.cfm.