App Competition

This year the Tech-Prize App Competition is focused on Smart-City applications.  The Tech-Prize Smart City Problem Solving Challenge is an Open-Ended APP development competition. The objective of the competition is to promote and reward IT development Skills and Creativity while solving some pressing social and infrastructure challenges in our community. The Open-Ended Competition means the participants can participate even if their App is not completely Developed.

Competition Rules and Guidelines


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In the 1960’s Racine was identified as “Invention City”.  More patents were created, on a per-capita basis, than anywhere else in the nation.  Tech-Prize desires to replicate that energy and creativity to reclaim that title.  As a first step, Racine competed in and won a national smart-city competition based on the vision of this community in the future.

With this background in mind, Tech-Prize desires to motivate applications that support the smart-city objectives – and we are open to any great ideas that you might have. 

While we’ve offered some ideas (see below), your submission can provide any functionality or service that you’d like.  Keep in mind that our SMART City efforts include 3 primary objectives:  Focus on improvements in the use of Energy, Transportation, and Communication for our citizens.  Applications that provide value in these areas will be most desired.

Participation Rules and Guidelines

How does the competition work?

  1. The contest is open to all ages and educational levels.
  2. Teams can register on the Tech-Prize website (see blue Register Here! in sidebar), any time before August 15, 2022. The final submission deadline is August 15, 2022 at midnight.
  3. There is no entry fee.
  4. Participants can come up with their original concept, or choose one of the sample concepts.
  5. The participants are expected to use their own equipment and computers, giving them the freedom to work in their environment
  6. There are no restrictions on operating systems, development tools, programming platforms, frameworks, or languages.
  7. Participants may work from any location. Participants may form teams, and the teams may have any number of members.
  8. This is a competition to showcase your creativity and programming ability. All submissions must be designed and developed by team members. Any integrations with Open Source or Commercial API, Libraries, or Development platforms must be declared in the Technical document of the submission.

IMPORTANT: Participants retain all rights to any application they develop.

We look forward to your creative ideas!

Participation Rules and Guidelines

There will be three main prize categories and three prizes in each category as follows:

First Prize Category – Best App Concept

  1. This prize is based on the concept of the App (IMPORTANT: The Sample App concepts and their derivatives are not eligible for this prize).
  2. The App UI or Code does not have to be complete, however, an overview of the approach planned for the development is required and a project plan must be provided.
  3. Submission Requirements
    • Concept document minimum 250 words maximum 1000 Words
    • Information provided in the concept document must clearly define the application concept, benefits of the application and who will use the application and some of the key features of the application.
Second Prize Category – Best UI/UX Design

  1. This prize is based on the visual design of the APP
  2. Any of the Sample App concepts and their derivatives provided by Tech-Prize as well as any other original concepts are eligible for this award.
  3. This award is based on the App UI design and the Application process flow. A fully functional and Coded App is not a requirement.
  4. An entry in this category is automatically eligible for the Best App concept category as long as it does not use the Tech-Prize provided App concepts.
  5. Submission Requirements
    • Concept document minimum 250 words maximum 1000 Words
    • Information provided in the concept document must clearly define the application concept, the benefits of the application and who will use the application and some of the key features of the application.
    • Documents to illustrate process flow and User Interface of the application. Tech-Prize recommends (but does not require) using free versions of UI designing software such as: https://www.figma.com/, InVision, Axure RP, Moqups, Lucidchart, Adobe XD, Mockflow, Balsamiq, Marvel, etc.
Third Prize Category – Best App

  1. This prize is based on the visual design of the APP
  2. Any of the Sample App concepts and their derivatives provided by Tech-Prize as well as any other original concepts are eligible for this award.
  3. This award is based on the App UI design and the Application process flow. Fully functional and Coded App is not a requirement.
  4. An entry in this category is automatically eligible for the Best App concept category as long as it does not use the Tech-Prize provided App concepts.
  5. Submission Requirements
    • Fully coded and working version of the App Binary or link to an App Store to download the App
    • Concept document minimum 250 words maximum 1000 Words
    • Information provided in the concept document must clearly define the application concept, the benefits of the application and who will use the application and some of the key features of the application.
    • If all of the features are not yet completed, present documents to illustrate process flow and User Interface of the application. Tech-Prize recommends using the free versions of UI designing software such as https://www.figma.com/, InVision, Axure RP, Moqups, Lucidchart, Adobe XD, Mockflow, Balsamiq, Marvel, etc.

Suggestions/Examples of Apps You Could Develop

Participants can come from any walk of life: Student, professional, minor, or adult.  All ideas and participants are encouraged.

Here are some ideas for your consideration.

IMPORTANT: Tech-Prize has not completed any patent research and does not guarantee that these or similar ideas are not executed by others.

The participants can use the ideas or modify them using their creativity. Some Apps may need Public Data Sources that may not be available for the prototype, ( for example Bus location, GIS data), use of simulators or sample data is encouraged.

IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that original ideas will score better than these examples.

Click the button below to download the full document containing the Smart City App Competition Rules, Guidelines, and Examples.

What are the Awards?

Prizes are awarded to each team as a group.  Each team can determine how the prize winnings are distributed in their team.

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