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, 2020. An unofficial transcript from UNM or CNM will be required from finalists.

Mobile Application Requirements

An eligible submission is defined as follows: “an unpublished mobile application that functions (i.e. loads or installs and runs on a mobile device), and is submitted by the deadline of January 3, 2021 at 11:59PM."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, virtual 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, 2019. The starter version can be downloaded free here.
  • 5 extra credit points - Use open data in the app.

Presentation Score (Presentation Day Judge Scoring)

Definition and analysis of problem addressed by app and adherence to Mobile Apps Mission Statement510152025
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 by inviting to your online coding repository (e.g. Github, Bitbucket, etc). Please provide this invitation as early as possible. The repository must contain the following:

  1. A README document with the application title, description of the app,
  2. A short bio on the developer(s)/team and other supporting information,
  3. 3 screen shots of the application running on a device,
  4. Screen recording of your application in action (or a link to your video),
  5. Test accounts or other access information (if applicable),
  6. Instructions for installation (if applicable).

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, finalists will be contacted to schedule a Presentation Day session, where you will give a short pitch for your app and ideas to judges. As part of that pitch, your pre-precorded demo will be viewed by all the judges. NOTE: you will have 8-minutes ONLY for presentation, and 4-minutes ONLY for Q&A by the judges. You will be TIMED!!!! 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 Presentation Day participants will be required to attend the Awards Ceremony, which follows the last presentation at Presentation Day at approximately 4:00 pm. More detail is given in the Submission Process section.

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.