Contest Rules


Entrants must be or have been enrolled in at least one class at either UNM or CNM from August 1 through December 31, 2018. An unofficial transcript from UNM or CNM will be required upon submission of your app. 

Mobile Application Requirements

An eligible submission is defined as follows: “a mobile application that functions (i.e. loads or installs and runs on a mobile device), and is submitted by the deadline of January 6, 2019 at 11:59PM." 

Scoring Parameters

Apps will be judged in two stages. The first stage is a review by the IT technical team according to the technical score parameters below. The top ten technical finalists will advance to the second stage for the live demonstration in front of the judges, where those apps will be scored according to the presentation score below. The final score that determines first, second and third place will be the combination of the technical score, the extra points, plus the presentation score.

Technical Score (prefilled by the technical reviewers)

Architecture and planning in coding510152025
Documentation in the form of README file, code commenting, documentation of APIs, libraries or feeds510152025
Security awareness for the app510152025
Testing produced a working app on a mobile device510152025

Extra Technical Points

Contestants are highly encouraged to earn extra points in the following ways:

  • Up to 15 extra credit points – Submit a plan utilizing Adobe XD, the all-in-one UX/UI solution for designing websites, mobile apps, and more. This plan needs to be turned in by midnight November 30th, 2018. The starter version can be downloaded free here.
  • 5 extra credit points - Use open data in the app.

Presentation Score (Demo Day Judge Scoring)

Definition and analysis of problem addressed by app510152025
Originality and coherence in design and experience510152025
Functionality and features found in the app510152025
Professionalism in communication and presentation510152025

Submission Criteria

Code submissions will be collected sharing access to your online coding repository (e.g. Github, Bitbucket, etc) that contain the following:

  1. A README text document with the application title, contact information, description of the app, test accounts or other access information, short bio on the developer(s)/team, other supporting information
  2. 3 screen shots of the application running on a device
  3. Recorded demonstration of the app that will be used for your demo day presentation

If your application does not have source code available to you, talk to us about your project and we will work with you on the submission process.

For complete details please see the Contest Submission Process page.

Judging & Winners

After submitting your app, you will be contacted to schedule a Demo Day session, where you will give a short pitch for your app and ideas to judges. NOTE: you will have 6 minutes ONLY for presentation, and 6 minutes ONLY for Q&A by the judges. You will be TIMED!!!! There will be a timer in the front row so that you can see how much time you have remaining for these two activities. You will NOT be allowed to exceed the allotted time. You will not be allowed to continue presenting during your Q&A allotment of time. Judges will score based on the above parameters and then deliberate for final scoring. All Demo Day participants will be required to attend the Awards Ceremony, which follows the last presentation at Demo Day at approximately 4:00 pm.

Intellectual Property and Ownership

We intend that the intellectual and commercial property right remain with the entrants and winners. However, we ask to have rights to use images, names and screen shots for marketing and promotional purposes. 

Need Help

If you have questions or technical challenges. Please contact by email and your question can be answered, clarified or forwarded to a subject matter expert for follow up.