Rules

Eligibility

Students are invited to compete individual or in teams of up to three IEEE student members. Any undergraduate, graduate or phd student with an active IEEE membership can compete. If you are not an IEEE student member you can easily become one before applying to the madC. Please check this LINK. Multiple teams can be formed at the same university (same IEEE Student Branch). Each team can submit up to 3 different applications.  One student can be part of 2 different teams (i.e. one designer can create design for two different teams). Teams must adhere to the deadline timetable defined on this page, or else their submissions will be invalid. Teams must not accept or use any help from people not in their team. Usage of free and/or open source Internet resources is allowed, but plagiarism and cheating is not.

Application focus areas

The focus areas of mobile applications in this competition is what makes madC different from most other such contests. Mobile applications developed in this contest should be focused to benefit IEEE, technology, science or education. Applications that don’t meet this criteria will be discarded from the competition. Students are invited to be creative when modeling their applications in the idea stage. Focus areas of your applications should be centered around one or more of the following topics:

  • Promotion of Student Branches/Chapters, Sections, Societies or IEEE globally,
  • Improving engineering, science and technology education opportunities for students,
  • Easier using of IEEE resources through smartphones,
  • Using technologies from the IEEE fields of interest for the benefit of humanity,
  • Motivation of younger generations to pursue engineering careers,
  • Increasing awareness of influence the technology has in everyday life,
  • Technology for improving University classes,
  • Food and agricultural technologies and applications,
  • STEM applications and promotion of STEM disciplines.

Scoring criteria

The scoring is performed in several categories. Categories that will be scored are:

  • UI Design – design of the User Interface (elements such as colors, fonts, icons)
  • User Experience (UX) – functionality, efficiency, logical structure
  • Usefulness – providing useful information to users (depending on the content)
  • Availability – the potential number/group of users

Bonus points are provided if the project is open sourced and published online on GitHub or some similar repository. In this case, the link to the project(s) must be provided when submitting the final application. Additional bonus points in this case can be awarded for the code quality (architecture, coding standards, comments, etc.). Furthermore, bonus points will be awarded if  application supports more than one platform.

Selection and Notification of winners

Winners are selected exclusively on the basis of overall score obtained from each judge during the evaluation phase. The scores from each of the categories are summed to obtain the overall score. Winners will be additionally notified by email before the public release of the contest results. All winners will be awarded with smartphone, tablet or cash prize.

Winners Categories

Team Winner – $4000,00:

Best team application will be selected based on the best overall score from the all scoring categories mentioned above. This is the IEEEmadC most prestigious award.

Best Design Winner – $2000,00:

In this category judges are focused on overall design of the mobile application UI (User Interface). Winner application will be one that will get best score in UI Design category.

Highest Popularity App – $1000,00:

All submitted applications will be presented online with screenshots and video that shows functionality of the application. The application that gets the highest number of points will be the winner application. Anyone can give points to the applications.

Computer Society Winner – Apple iPad:

This is special category for the IEEE Computer Society members. Winner team members must be Computer Society student members and they will be selected by Computer Society representatives. Since this is the special category all teams (including the winner teams from three categories above) have chances to win it.

Contact and submission procedures

For any questions about this competition, please send us an email or contact us on our Facebook page. Take time to like and track us on Facebook, since it will be the main communication channel for the news related to the contest. For the final application submission, teams will be required to send us the following:

  • Screenshots of the working application (minimum 4) .
  • Link to the short video showing features of the application (between 30-120 sec.)
  • Application installation files (.apk, .ipa, .xap…).
  • Short (450 words max.) description of usefulness and technical approach and tools used while developing the application.
  • Link to the online repository(s) of the application (if the code is published online).

The link to the idea and final applications submission tool will be provided on our official Facebook and web pages.

Requirement of winners

IEEE may, within its sole discretion, require each prize winner to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability and publicity release, in which each winner consents to the use of his or her name, age, hometown and photo by IEEE for advertising and promotional purposes, without any additional compensation, wherever lawful, as a precondition to award of a prize. If any prize winner fails to sign and return the requested affidavit of eligibility and liability/public release as requested by IEEE, that winner may be disqualified, and his or her prize will thereafter be awarded to an alternate winner from the remaining valid entries using the criteria specified above. IEEE may also require each winner to assign all rights in any submission that is chosen as a winner to IEEE as a precondition to award of a prize. If any prize winner fails to assign all rights in the selected submission to IEEE, the winner may be disqualified, and his or her prize will thereafter be awarded to an alternate winner from the remaining valid entries using the criteria specified above. No transfer, assignment or substitution of a prize is permitted. All taxes and bank fees that may occur during transfer of cash prizes are solely the responsibility of each winner. All winners applications are required to be published on corresponding online markets within maximum one week after the winners announcement.

Use of entries

No entries will be returned. By entering, all participants consent to the use by IEEE of all the information provided in the entries for marketing or sales promotion purposes without any attribution, identification, right of review or compensation. All entrants agree to release and hold harmless IEEE and its officers, directors, employees and agents from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the contest.

Agreement to the official rules

By participating in this contest, participants agree to abide by the terms and conditions as established by IEEE. IEEE reserves the right to qualify all submissions and to reject any submissions that do not meet the requirements for participation as established by IEEE.