IISE-CIS Mobile App Competition


The objectives of the sixth IISE-CIS Mobile App Competition are (1) to motivate students to use their creativity in developing mobile apps that are based on theories and practices of Industrial & Systems Engineering or related fields; and (2) to develop a business plan to justify the need for their mobile app in the market place.

Eligibility of Participants

  • Any undergraduate or graduate students, domestic or international, from higher education institutions in the field of industrial & systems engineering or related fields.
  • A team can consist of a maximum of four members, either current students or recent graduates. Only those students that are enrolled at the time of the submission of the two-page proposal are eligible to participate in the competition.
  • At least one of the team members must be a member of the IISE.

Competition Process

  • Proposal submission
    Teams must submit a two-page proposal describing their mobile app, via email, to the chair of the competition steering committee by Nov. 20. The two-page proposal must include a list of team members and their affiliations, the name of the mobile app, a list of features of the mobile app and the target market segment(s) of the app.
  • The scope of apps
    Any mobile app that is based on any concept, principle, technique or application related to the field of Industrial & Systems Engineering will be accepted.
  • Mobile app submission
    Teams must submit their prototype mobile app, software design document and a demonstration video clip, via email to the chair of the competition steering committee by Feb. 15, 2018. The competition steering committee will review the submissions and select a maximum of three finalist teams. Depending on the number of and the quality of submitted apps, less than three finalists may be selected.
  • Final presentation
    The selected finalist teams will demonstrate their mobile app and will make a presentation to explain the technical details of their mobile app and their business plan at the IISE-CIS Town Hall Meeting to be held at the IISE Annual & Expo in Orlando, Fla., May 19-22, 2018. The technical details of the mobile app should include, but are not limited to, features and architecture of the mobile app. The presentation about the business plan should include, but is not limited to, the target market segments, marketing strategy and profit model.

Evaluation Process:

  • Approval of proposals 
    The competition steering committee will review and either approve or reject submitted proposals. Final decisions will be sent via email by the chair of the committee by Dec. 4.
  • Selection of top three finalist teams 
    The competition steering committee will select a maximum of three finalist teams. Finalist teams will be notified by email by the chair of the committee by March 7, 2018.
  • Selection of winners
    The selected finalist teams will demonstrate their mobile app to the competition steering committee and will also make a presentation at the IISE-CIS Town Hall meeting. A blind vote cast by invited judges will decide the winner of the 6th Annual IISE-CIS Mobile App competition.

Important dates/deadlines

  • 2-page proposal submission: Nov. 20
  • Approval of proposals: Dec. 4
  • Prototype mobile app submission and documentation: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Finalist teams notified: March 7, 2018
  • Final competition and awards ceremony: May 19-22, 2018

Competition chair

John Usher
Mississippi State University

2017 Winners

First Place
Smart Healthy Intake Coach
Duaa Serhan, Haifeng Wang, Ibrahim Yilmaz and Qianqian Zhang
University of New York at Binghamton

Second Place:
Siavash Tahamtan and Sravan Bhamidimukkula
Bradley University

2016 Winners

First Place:
Jingwen (Jess) Li, Josh Binder and Kyle Houser
The Pennsylvania State University

Second Place:
Post Discharge Treatment and Readmission Predictor
Amirhosein Gholami, Qi Jia, Lu He, Runpei Xu
Binghamton University

Third Place:
CHI: Contemporaneous Health Index for Smart Monitoring of Aging
Danica Xiao, Borui Li, Ben Blumberg
University of Washington

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