IISE Data analytics & information systems (dais) student Mobile App Competition

The Data Analytics and Information Systems (DAIS) Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) announces the IISE-DAIS Mobile/Web App Competition to recognize creativity and excellence among its members and motivate them to commercialize their research/learning outcomes to accelerate the economic and societal benefits.

Scope of Mobile/Web App

Mobile/web apps that are based on any concept, principle, technique, or application related to the field of industrial and systems engineering will be accepted.

Eligibility of Participants

  • A team can consist of a maximum of five members (1~3 student members and 1~2 faculty advisors).  
  • Student members can be undergraduate or graduate students from higher education institutes in the field of Industrial & Systems Engineering (or related fields).
  • Student members should be enrolled at the time of the submission of the proposal.
  • At least one of the students must be a member of the IISE and DAIS.

Competition Process

  • Proposal Submission: Teams must submit a proposal (no more than 2 pages) describing their mobile/web app via email with the subject “DAIS Mobile/Web App Competition” to the chair of the competition steering committee by Dec. 22, 2022. The proposal must include 1) a list of team members and their affiliations, 2) a list of features of the mobile/web app, and 3) the target market segment(s) of the mobile/web app.
  • Mobile/web app submission: Teams must submit (a) a prototype of their mobile/web app, (b) a software design document, and (c) a demonstration video, via email to the chairs of the competition steering committee by Feb. 21, 2023. The competition steering committee will evaluate the submissions and select a maximum number of four teams as finalists.
  • Oral presentation: The selected finalist teams will attend the 2023 IISE Annual Conference & Expo  to present their mobile/web app. The presentation will include (a) technical details of the mobile/web app, (b) a business plan to justify the need for their mobile/web apps in the marketplace, (c) a demonstration of the prototype.

Evaluation Process

Each team will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Technical details of the mobile/web app
  • The business plan to justify the need for their mobile/web apps in the marketplace
  • The demonstration of the prototype


  • Recognition at the Annual Conference:
    • at the DAIS Town Hall Meeting
    • in Honors and Awards program
  • Certificate provided by IISE (either mailed or given at the town hall meeting) for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • Recognition in ISE magazine
  • Recognition on DAIS webpage and in the newsletter

Important Dates

  • Dec. 22, 2022: Deadline for proposal submission
  • Dec. 29, 2022: Notices of proposal acceptance
  • Feb. 21, 2023: Deadline for submission of prototype mobile/web app and documents
  • May 20-23, 2023: Oral presentations

Competition Steering Committee Chair

Zimo Wang, Binghamton University 
Xiaowei Yue, Virginia Tech

For more information, please contact Amy Straub.

2023 Winners

Rongxuan Wang (Virginia Tech) and Yinan Wang (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Sonam Devadiga (Tindall Co) and Issac Perkins (Fluence Energy)

Past Winners

DAIS Division page