Contest Rules


Entrants must be or have been enrolled in at least one class at either UNM or CNM within the past year. An unofficial transcript from UNM or CNM will be required from finalists.

Application Requirements

An eligible submission is defined as follows: “an unpublished application that depicts functions in prototype or demonstration form, and is submitted by the deadline of November 8, 2023 at 11:59 PM."

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 presentation pitch delivered 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 (pre-filled by the technical reviewers)

Scoring Parameters for Technical Score
A proposed architecture and planning around audience identification, defining app purpose, and User Story paths defined in the app for achieving user satisfaction510152025
A README file containing a description of the project, its members, proposed technical components, a link to Adobe XD/Figma and/or other visual guides, as well as documentation of APIs, libraries, feeds, models, third party services to be incorporated510152025
Security, responsibility awareness, considerations outlined for the app510152025
Produced a developed design plan, in high fidelity wireframe or prototype form, clearly demonstrating user flows and application primary use case functionality510152025

Extra Technical Points

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

  • 5 extra credit points – Participate in XD Meet Up/Support session.
  • 5 extra credit points - Use an open data source or API in the app.
  • 5 extra credit points – Participate in a UNM or CNM Meet Up session.

Presentation Score (Presentation Day Judge Scoring)

Scoring Parameters for Presentation
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

Apps being pitched will be judged by inviting to an online repository (e.g. Github, Bitbucket, Google Docs, etc.), introductory web page, Adobe Express page with links to your materials. Please provide this invitation as early as possible. The Readme must contain the following:

  1. 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, could be used for score card identification or promotional materials,
  4. Links to wireframe/prototype,
  5. Copy of slide deck or other pitch presentation materials. These may be edited prior to the pitch based on mentor feedback, but should be the basis of your final presentation.

For complete details please see the Submission Process page.

Judging & Winners

After submitting your prototype, finalists will be contacted to schedule a Presentation Day session, where you will give a short pitch for your app and ideas to the judges. As part of that pitch, your pre-recorded 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.