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UM AppStorm Grand Challenge - (iOS/Android) Fitness & Wellness Mobile App Competition

UMCIC UM Centre of Innovation and Commercialization
What is UM AppStorm Grand Challenge?
Open to all Research Assistants (RA), Undergraduate and Postgraduate students of Malaysian Universities, we are looking for you! This challenge is the path to successful innovation, a greater challenge would be to meet the demands of the market with your innovative mobile applications. We are challenging YOU to make a difference to the generation of smartphones, make a mobile application that is a MUST HAVE to the mass market. Your idea can become the next big thing, a much sort after mobile application that will be used by Smartphone users in Malaysia and around the world. This challenge will bridge the gap between education and the real world; it will give you the necessary exposures that will value add to your career.

The Objective
The gap between academic and job market has been a concern among graduates, employers and educators for some time. UMCIC is making the initiative to bridge this gap by tapping into the budding talents and matching their apps to market contents.

UM AppStorm Grand Challenge aims primarily to channel creativity and innovation into usable apps.

The grand prize for UM AppStorm Grand Challenge is an opportunity to be part of Student Entrepreneurship Program*. This program will give a platform to University students to pursue their creativity and talents in the lucrative IT business.

It is our hope that UM AppStorm Grand Challenge event will lead to the creation of our own world class Intellectual Property Rights apps.

At University of Malaya (UM), we make it our business to advance knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and for humanity. Through UM AppStorm Grand Challenge, we make this mission a reality.

The Challenge
1. Innovate a fitness and wellness application in iOS or Android platform.
2. Your application must put to good use the data collected from either the smartphone sensor or the 3D Bluetooth 4.0 Wristband Activity Tracker & API Pack, depending on your chosen category.
3. This is a skill based challenge with the aim to bridge the gap between innovation and marketability.
4. Eligible participants will create original mobile applications around the device provided in their chosen application platform.
5. Applications with highest score, subject to a minimum of > 80 points, based on pre-set judging criteria wins.

The prizes for the UM AppStorm Grand Challenge are as listed in the table below. If the participating team is in a group, only one prize unit will be given, however all team members in the group will get a Certificate of Merit.
Grand Prize**
Student Entrepreneurship Program* or Trip for one to Google I/O* or Apple WWDC*, Trophy & Certificate
1st Runner up
1 unit Google Glass*, Trophy & Certificate
2nd Runner up
1 Unit iPad Mini*, Trophy & Certificate
All shortlisted participants
Certificate of Merit
All successful entries
Certificate of Participant
*  Organiser reserves the right to substitute prize with another item of equivalent value without further notice to Participants (as per sponsored items)
** Minimum threshold to qualify as a winner of the Grand Prize is > 80 points based on the Judging Criteria. If there are no qualified participants, the Grand Prize will be brought forward to the following year

UM AppStorm Grand Challenge Timeline

Event description
16 June 2014 to 31 July 2014
AppStorm Grand Challenge
August 2014 to January 2015
Submission & Publishing of App Solution by
30 January 2015
Shortlisting and Notification
February 2015
March 2015
Prize Presentation Ceremony
March 2015

How To Register?
STEP 1Visit to get started. Register online at event website, select your preferred Category
Category 1
  • Create a mobile application related to fitness and wellness
  • Your mobile application must incorporate the use of the available sensors in a smartphone such as camera (heart rate, emotion, augmented reality), GPS (navigation), Motion sensor, etc
Category 2
  • Create a mobile application related to fitness and wellness
  • Your mobile application must be integrated to the 3D Bluetooth 4.0 Wristband Activity Tracker & API Pack
  • Collect 3D Bluetooth 4.0 Wristband Activity Tracker & API Pack (worth more than RM350) and return device to UM after the Grand Challenge (Limited to first 100 units only)
STEP 2Start your journey to design the most usable and innovative fitness and wellness mobile application using the available sensors in a smartphone such as camera (heart rate, emotion, augmented reality), GPS (navigation), Motion sensor, etc OR data from the 3D Bluetooth 4.0 Wristband Activity Tracker using the integration API Pack.
STEP 3: Publish your completed application in either Apple's AppStore or Google's Play Store accordingly. The bigger the public’s response to your application the more points you or your team will gain in one of the factors of the Judging Criteria.
STEP 4: At the same time, email your published application detail together with the User Manual to the Organiser ([email protected]) before the “Submission Deadline”.
STEP 5Shortlisted participants will be notified to prepare for a 15 minutes Live Presentation to the panel of Judges of UM AppStorm Grand Challenge at University Malaya. You are allowed to present an updated version of your mobile application (if any). Shortlisted participants will bear the costs of transportation and accommodation on their own.
The evaluation and selection process by the panel of judges will be done on all complete submissions received.
We will disqualify any incomplete or illegible entries that we receive. We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.

Am I Eligible to Participate?
1. Open to all Research Assistants (RA), undergraduate and postgraduate students from Malaysian Universities (Public & Private).
2. You areat least 17 years of age as of 1 August 2014 and are actively enrolled as a student at any Malaysian University at any time between June 2014 to March 2015.
3. If you are considered a minor in your place of residence, then you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Competition.
4. You and/or your team members must be a valid Research Assistants, Undergraduate or Postgraduate students at any registered Malaysian Universities.
5. You may participate as an individual or in a team of not more than 5 members.
6. You are not an immediate family member of (parent, sibling, spouse/domestic partner, child) or household member of a University Malaya’s employee.
7. Please review the details on the eligibility requirements, methods of entry, content, and technical requirements before registering for the UM AppStorm Grand Challenge event.
* Terms and Conditions apply *
For more information, please email to [email protected]