Saluki Innovation Competition - 2015

Saluki App Competition Rules

Online voting will take place from March 30 - April 5, and finals will take place 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m at the Undergraduate Research Forum on April 6.

Please be sure to read and understand the rules completely.

Note: Visit the Saluki Competitions Facebook Page to find team members.  Get updates on the Facebook page or follow SIU Tech Transfer on Twitter.

Competition Mission

The mission of the Saluki App Competition is to encourage SIU Carbondale student involvement in the technology and business of creating useful and valuable application software (“apps”) for mobile devices.


The Third Annual Saluki App Competition will take place in spring semester 2015.   Individual students and student-led teams will compete for prizes by creating and submitting software applications (apps) for mobile devices to inspire SIU students' creativity and entrepreneurship.  Six prizes will be awarded, both for top vote getters (via online voting) and judged scores (by a team of distinguished judges). Teams can read the rules and enter on This competition is sponsored in part by:


  1. Each team, of one or more individual(s), must have at least one member who is a currently enrolled (Spring 2015) student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, undergraduate or graduate, full time or part time.  
  2. A team can be any size and include students, alumni, faculty, staff and the general public, but at least half of the team must meet the SIU student enrollment requirements of #1 above.   Visit the Saluki Competitions Facebook Page if you would like find team members.
  3. Submissions must be made by a currently enrolled student with a valid “” email address.  Enrollment status will be checked.


  1. General:
    • Any kind of software application/platform (Apple, Android, WIndows, etc) to be utilized on mobile devices.
    • Apps do not need to be completely developed but more advanced submissions will have benefits in judging.
    • Work must be original and not knowingly infringe upon any existing intellectual property rights.   Contestants are responsible for any intellectual property rights needed (workshops on this topic will be held).   
    • Submissions must be in good taste, not be obscene or derogatory to an individual or group. (The Competition Committee has right to reject submissions for any reason).
    • Submissions will be available to the public during the course of the competition and for as long as the entry is live on the competition website.
  2. Contents - Online: Create the contents of your submission to get people not only to vote for you, but to want your app!  Contents must be submitted, approved, and published by March 27 (see Timeline below). All of the submission contents will be online and available to the public via your entry page on
    1. Name of the app and short "elevator pitch."
    2. App team members and roles. Team members are assumed to have equal shares of any prizes unless a different breakdown of responsibility is specified here.
    3. Develop a 90x90 icon for your app.
    4. Text description of app - between 500-1,000 words (approximately 1-2 pages single typed). Description should include features, benefits, and any other relevant information.
    5. Video presentation of application - between 2-4 minutes: get creative!
  3. Online Voting: From March 30-April 5, voting will be open to the public on  Teams must get the most votes to win the popular vote prizes.
  4. Final Presentation:Teams (or a team member) must be present at the Undergraduate Research Forum on Monday, April 6, 2015.  Teams will present the "elevator pitch" to the judges and provide a demonstration or descirption in person, and answer any questions from the judges.

For assistance with application materials, contact Competition Committee (


Choose categories for your app (for platform purposes only).

  1. Category 1: App Genre
    • Green: Environment, energy, conservation
    • Maroon: Improving or enhancing SIU academics or research, promoting SIU athletics
    • Blue: Productivity and enhancement in work, travel, leisure, search or directories, networking, etc.
  2. Category 2: App Business Model:
    • Paid
    • Ad Supported
    • Virtual Goods
    • Subscriptions
    • Free / Non-Profit

(Read this article for more information about these business models.)


  1. The competition opens for submissions on the Web at on Monday, March 2, 2015.  The Competition Committee will review all entries and approve or disapprove each entry.  Teams with submissions that have been disapproved will have the option to resubmit before the end of the submission period.
  2. After receiving the approval of the Competition Committee, teams must PUBLISH their approved entries via the website by the end of the day Friday, March 27, 2015 to be eligible to participate in the voting round.  This deadline may be extended. This is important because if you don't publish, you can't compete.
  3. Online voting takes place from March 23-April 5, 2015.  This is when you can get the votes to win the popular vote prizes.
  4. Teams (or a team member) must be present at the Undergraduate Research Forum on Monday, April 6, 2015.  Teams will present the "elevator pitch" to the judges and provide a demonstration or descirption in person, and answer any questions from the judges.

Voting and Awards

The voting for the People’s Choice awards will take place online through the crowdvoting format for public voting from March 30-April 5, 2015.  The winners of the Judges' Choice awards will be determined by the final vote tally of the judges.  Winners will be announced and recognized during the annual Undergraduate Research Forum on April 6, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.

There will be six awards given:

People’s Choice:

  • First Place (1): $300
  • Runners Up (2): $150

Winners chosen by the crowd vote.

Judges’ Choice*:

  • First Place (1): $500
  • Runners Up (2): $250


Winners chosen by a panel of judges.

It is possible to win both a People’s Choice Award and Judges Choice award.  Prizes may be modified.

Terms and Conditions

  • Submission of an entry certifies that each member of the team agrees to the requirements set forth in these Terms and Conditions and that they participate in the competition at their own risk.  Participants should also read and understand the terms and conditions of use.
  • All submissions are subject to the review of the Competition Committee for approval according to the competition requirements as indicated and may be returned to the team for resubmission and/or be dismissed from the competition at the Competition Committee’s (and Southern Illinois University’s) sole discretion.  
  • The Competition Committee may use information submitted to verify current SIU student enrollment.
  • At any time, the Competition Committee may add or remove teams from the competition, at their sole discretion, if they suspect foul play or conduct otherwise detrimental the competition or for any other reason they deem appropriate.
  • These rules are subject to change and will be posted on
  • Please keep in mind that all submissions and posts made to the platform will be made available to the worldwide public; DO NOT SHARE ANY SENSITIVE INFORMATION.  Contact the competition committee if you have any questions (
  • Entries should not violate any intellectual property rights, including, but not limited to patents, trademarks, or copyrights.  By submitting an entry, each team member certifies that the entry is original, created solely by the team member(s), and to the best of the team member(s) knowledge no other person or entity holds rights to the entry and/or its components.  The team must have the rights to distribute all the texts, images, sound recordings, etc. used in all submitted work(s).  To help you determine if your idea is original, you can read this information about doing a knock-out search.
  • Submissions and presentations may not contain any profane or vulgar content.  Any submission found or believed to violate the S.I.U. Student Conduct Code or any U.S. laws, including intellectual property laws, or otherwise deemed inappropriate, will be dismissed at the discretion of the Competition Committee.
  • Participants and winners may be featured in publicity, and are responsible for any tax consequences of the award.