There is a limit of up to 5 members per team. Each team should include: an idea person, a programmer, and a manager. The skill set of the idea person includes: conceptualization, idea validation, user experience. The skill set of the programmer includes: computer coding, app development, and object oriented programming. The skill set of the manager includes: time management, communication skills, and organizational skills.
As long as they are registered for at least one UTSC course. The competition is open to all UofT students taking courses at UTSC.
None! This competition is completely free!
First prize is $ 3,000, second prize is $ 2,000, and third prize is $ 1,000. There is also a prize for best code, $200, and a prize for greatest design challenge, $200.
Yes. There are two categories: research (benefits or supports research conducted at the University), campus community (benefits or supports the mission of the Department of Student Life).
Approach a full-time faculty member about his or her research. They just need to agree that your idea for an app will benefit or support their research, and agree to send you a message of that in writing; there is no other requirement. Feel free to ask The Hub for a recommendation email@example.com.
Faculty are not permitted to be team members in AppStar, nor do they share in the cash prize.
It may help to state clearly that the IP generated via AppStar is owned and retained by you - the contestants. In the event that the idea for the app originates with the faculty member, it may also be helpful to note that it is not the "idea" of an app that constitutes IP, but its execution (in this case the code created).
Please see the evaluation criteria for specifics on how the applications will be judged for the competition.
Come to our AppStar mixer events at The Hub! It's a chance to learn more about the contest and to mingle with other students. You might just find a great collaborator to work with. Also, feel free to contact student clubs on campus to find others looking for partners.
Apple iOS and Android.
Your idea may include a web app that you build as well, but it is the mobile component that is evaluated and judged.
Winners of the contest are required to complete a Version 1.0 (a stable release for public use) of their app; others are encouraged to complete their app, but are not required to do so.
Yes they are mandatory. If you cannot attend one (or both) of the Milestones in person, please let us know and we will make arrangements for you to attend them via internet.
All contestants in AppStar are automatically eligible to obtain a key to The Hub. There is a refundable deposit of $15, which is given back to you when the key is returned.
Unfortunately, a key deposit is required because the University is now charging for key cards. The Hub is willing to "buy back" these keys at the end of your use, so that they can be used for another student - hence, changing the cost into a "refundable deposit".
The past two years have witnessed about 20 teams entering the contest. Your chances of winning a 1st prize are therefore about 1 in 10, and of winning any prize about 3 in 10.
Paying for commercial development is not allowed. You may pay others, as part of your team. This is not encouraged, but it is not strictly forbidden.