Students developing a mobile app

Mobile App. UX Competition for Indiana High School Students

The Mobile App. UX Competition is a one-day competition for Indiana high school students, who compete in teams for prizes by designing and building a mobile app based on assigned specifications under a tight deadline.

The Mobile App. UX Competition is open to students with any level of expertise. Students will be designing and developing mobile applications to demonstrate their creativity, team building ability, and app development skills in a high-energy, fun, and motivating event hosted by the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI and the Department of Human-Centered Computing.

The 2019 event


Teams of 2–3 high school students in grades 9–12 located within the state of Indiana. We also welcome high school technology classes to participate as a school.

Date & Schedule

Saturday, October 26, 2019
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Time Location Activity
7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m. IT Atrium Team Registration
8 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. IT 252 Welcome Session
8:15 a.m. – 9 a.m. IT 252 Instructional Session
9 a.m. IT LABS Start App Development Time
Participants are allowed to take a lunch break from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
IT 252 will remain open as a break room
1 p.m. IT LABS Check-in: Instructor talk to each team, make sure teams are on track
3 p.m.  IT LABS End of development time: Instructor confirm that App. is in a finished state. Apps and screenshots ready for submission.
3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m. IT 252 Presentations of Mobile App. from each team.
4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. IT 252 Faculty and Industry Judges assess and discuss winners.
4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. IT 252 Announcement of winners and prizes


Informatics and Communications Technology Complex
535 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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There is no fee for registering and participating in the Mobile App. UX Competition.

Contest rules

  1. A team will only consist of 2–3 participants.
  2. Teams must be registered by the registration due date.
  3. Teams will be given 6 hours to create an app.
  4. Application design specifications will be undisclosed until the day of the event to ensure that all teams start from the same point.
  5. No student can participate on more than one team.
  6. Judges will evaluate the apps for completeness, programming, creativity, and user experience.
  7. Teams can bring their own devices to showcase their app during presentation.


  • Prizes are awarded per student.
  • Scholarships and stipends are offered by the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.
  • Trophies are awarded to the three winning teams’ high schools.

1st Place

A $150 gift card
A one-time freshman scholarship package of $2,000

2nd Place

A $100 gift card
A one-time freshman scholarship package of $1,600

3rd Place

A $50 gift card
A one-time freshman scholarship package of $1,200

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Important notes

  • The School of Informatics and Computing will provide computers that are set up with the basic programs and resources to develop a mobile app.
  • Students are welcome to bring their own laptops if they prefer their own software solutions.
  • For supervision purposes, an adult chaperone for each team is highly recommended (chaperones cannot assist with the competition).
  • We are not responsible for your student at any point during the day of the event. In addition, there will be no supervision outside the ICTC Building.
  • Lunch will not be provided. A list of dining options will be sent to each registrant as the event date nears.

Design and development resources

App development

Design thinking

Register for the competition

Registration is closed for 2019. The deadline to register was October 21, 2019.

If you have questions, please contact:

Michelle Mitchell