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 and learning outcomes to accelerate economic and societal benefits.

Scope of Mobile/Web App

Mobile/web apps that are based on concepts, principles, techniques, or applications 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 industrial & systems engineering (or related fields).
  • Student members should be enrolled at the time of submission of the proposal.
  • At least one of the students must be a member of 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 chairs of the competition steering committee by December 15, 2023. 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 (1) a prototype of their mobile/web app, (2) a software design document, and (3) a demonstration video, via email to the chairs of the competition steering committee by February 10, 2024. The competition steering committee will evaluate the submissions and select a maximum of four teams as finalists.
  • Oral presentation: The finalist teams will attend the IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2024 to present their mobile/web app. The presentation will include (1) technical details of the mobile/web app, (2) a business plan to justify the need for their mobile/web apps in the marketplace, and (3) a demonstration of the prototype.

Evaluation Process

Each team will be evaluated by the following criteria:

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


  • Recognition at the DAIS Town Hall Meeting at Annual Conference
  • Recognition in ISE magazine
  • Recognition on DAIS webpage and in the newsletter

Important Dates

  • December 15, 2023: Deadline for proposal submission
  • December 22, 2023: Notification of proposal acceptance
  • February 10, 2024: Deadline for submission of prototype mobile/web app and documents March 5, 2024: Notification to finalist teams.
  • May 18-21, 2024: Oral presentations of finalist teams at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2024 located in the Montréal Convention Centre, Montreal, Canada

Competition Steering Committee Chair

Xiaowei Yue, yuex@tsinghua.edu.cn), Tsinghua University
Adam Meyers, axm8336@miami.edu, University of Miami

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