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How do I get part of the $10,000 in prizes?

If you’re accepted and complete the requirements, we will build your app, which qualifies you for the end-of-year showdown (similar to our current App Challenge Finals). During the showdown you will compete with all other teams from that academic year, vying for part of $10,000 in prizes.

What happens if I get accepted?

We help you size up a project that’s small enough to get done, big enough to have something meaningful show for it.

  • Some ideas are at the proof-of-concept stage, some are further along and need a minimum viable product, and others are ready to beta.  We help you build what’s appropriate.
  • You present your project to your peers.
  • You run a trial, do a study, get more feedback.  Go out on your own. Come back in another track.
  • Then you compete here again in the spring.
What happens if I don’t get accepted?
Do I have to be a programmer or fancy entrepreneur to enter? Nope.

It’s easy to develop something, it’s hard to get a good idea. UChicago and Chicago Medicine students, faculty, staff and alums are eligible

How does it work?

Submit one or more ideas 

by our deadlines. We help you size up a project that’s small enough to get done, big enough to have something meaningful show for it.

  • Some ideas are at the proof-of-concept stage, some are further along and need a minimum viable product, and others are ready to beta.  We help you build what’s appropriate.
  • You present your project to your peers.
  • You run a trial, do a study, get more feedback.  Go out on your own. Come back in another track.
  • Then you compete here again in the spring.
What kinds of ideas are you looking for?

Have you experienced an unmet need in your everyday life? At work, at home or elsewhere? The UChicago App Challenge helps you translate that idea or observation into a mobile app, great website or something else (surprise us!).

See some examples of ideas.

Does it have to specific to UCHICAGO?

No. We’re looking for ideas of all kinds, but if you’ve got a cool idea for campus or the community, submit it!

What do I need to prepare to enter?

Your submission is a series of answers to some broad questions about the need or opportunity. You can send in sketches as well, but they’re not required.

See our submission form for details. 

How much work does it take to enter?

Your first submission might take all of half an hour, if you’re already well versed in the problem and solution!

What could I win?

$10K, free programming, free professional scrutiny, and more!

Who’s sponsoring? Is this a new thing?

IT Services, Polsky, and the Chicago Innovation Exchange.  It’s our seventh year doing this!

Who owns what in the process?

If a UChicago App Challenge submission makes it to Phase 3 of the Challenge, and software is coded by IT Services as part of Phase 3, then, per the guidelines, that code will be owned by the University.  If the entrants want to use this code following the UChicago App Challenge, then the code can be transferred under different scenarios, including:

(a)    if the code is only to be used as part of an ongoing University project for an app that will be offered from the University’s iTunes account, it will simply be transferred internally (if there will be subsequent external distribution of the code contact UChicagoTech).

(b)   if the app will be owned by you, per the guidelines, and is not part of a larger University project involving other University-owned intellectual property, then the code will be licensed to you without charge.

(c)    if the app is part of a larger University project involving other University-owned intellectual property, for example a patent or other software, then ownership of the code may be licensed to you under terms consistent with the licensing of the other intellectual property.

For further details, contact UChicagoTech.

What details should I know about the grand prize?

It does not bind you to an ongoing relationship with the University.  It will be given to the person listed as the team lead.

If my idea makes it to subsequent rounds, do I need to be physically present?

 

No. However, if you’re not on campus, you will not be able to use the workshops or programmer resources for your idea.

How big can my team be?

Up to four people.  Every person on your team must meet the entry requirements.

Can I submit more than one entry?

Yes.  Submit as many ideas as you’d like!  Please note, only one entry per participant will be allowed to advance.

Can I be on more than one team?

You can be on multiple teams during the initial idea submission in Phase 1. However, if more than one of your team entries make it to Phase 2, you’ll need to choose one team to affiliate yourself with.

 

Can I enter and win both the New Venture Challenge and UChicago App Challenge?

Yes.  Wouldn’t that be awesome?

If I’m developing a tool already, with my own resources and programmers, can I enter the UChicago App Challenge?

Yes, under certain conditions.

  1. Your app must not be published in an app store until after the NVC.
  2. You will still need to submit an entry for the UChicago App Challenge.  Under the question “Do you already have resources for your idea?” choose “I’m already working on this app….”  We’ll follow up with you afterwards with more instructions.
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