Saluki Innovation Competition - 2015


Saluki App Competition Rules

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 Saluki App Competition will take place in spring semester 2013.   Individual students and student-led teams will compete for prizes by creating and submitting software applications (apps) for mobile devices that make the SIU campus and/or the southern Illinois region better.  Six prizes will be awarded.  Teams can read the rules and enter on

This competition is sponsored in part by:

  • Husch Blackwell LLP
  • SIU Carbondale Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Dean
  • SIU Carbondale Technology Transfer Program
  • SIU Carbondale Student Innovation Incubator


  1. Each team, of one or more individual(s), must have at least one member who is a currently enrolled (Spring 2013) 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.  



  • Any kind of software application/platform (Apple, Android, WIndows, etc) to be utilized on mobile devices.
  • Submissions will be available to the public during the course of the competition.
  • 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).
  • Contestants are responsible for any intellectual property rights needed (workshops on this topic will be held).
  • Work must be original and not knowingly infringe upon any existing intellectual property rights.         


Create the contents of your submission to get people not only to vote for you, but to want your app!  All of the submission contents will be online and available to the public via your entry page on

  • Text description of application - between 500-1,000 words (approximately 1-2 pages single typed)
  • Video presentation of application - between 2-4 minutes: get creative!
  • Photograph of working software application
  • Teams must also choose a category (see below).  The judges will choose a winner based on Category 1.  Category 2 is just to provide additional differentiation among apps submitted.

For assistance with application materials, contact Competition Committee (


Category 1: App Genre - Judges will choose one winner for each of these category options!

  • 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.


Category 2: App Business Model:

  • Paid
  • Ad Supported
  • Virtual Goods
  • Subscriptions
  • Free / Non-Profit

(See FAQ's for more infomration about these business models.)



  1. The competition opens for submissions on the Web at on January 28, 2013.  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 Friday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. to be eligible to participate in the voting round.  This deadline may be extended.

Voting and Awards

The voting for the People’s Choice awards will take place online through the crowdvoting format  for public voting from April 1 - April 15.  The winners of the Competition categories will be determined by the final vote tally of the judges.  Winners will be announced and recognized during the annual  Research Town Meeting event on April 16, 2013 at the SIU Student Center (time TBA).

There will be six awards given:


People’s Choice:
  1. First Place
  2. Second Place
  3. Third Place


Winners chosen by the crowd vote.

Judges’ Choice*:
     Best Green App
     Best Maroon App
     Best Blue App


Winners chosen by a panel of judges.


First, second, and third place for the People’s Choice awards will be $150, $100, and $50, respectively.  Judges Choice awards will be $150 each.  It is possible to win both a People’s Choice Award and Judges Choice award.  At least one member of the team must be present at the Research Town Meeting event to receive the award.  Cash awards are sponsored by Husch Blackwell LLP.

*In the event there are less than two entries in a particular category, the prize awarded 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 SIU Technology Transfer Program 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.


  1. Facebook Page
  2. Workshops/meetings: TBA
  3. First Tuesday Tech Tran Coffee Talk: Student Center McDonald's, every First Tuesday, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  4. Use common data sets: