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OASiS-UTDallas IDEA Contest Time-line

Deadline is midnight CST on respective dates.

Contest Registration @

June 12

Actual submission of ideas @

June 12

Results from the first round declared 

(top 20 teams identified)

June 25

Intensive Training by MIT App Inventor trainers

June 28 – July 30

Final Ideas & Apps submission 

August 4

Presentations, Competition, & Award Ceremony @ UT Dallas Campus

August 8 



Contest Rules


1. The contest is open to students in Middle School and High School in Texas.

2. Students are required to submit their Mobile App Idea for consideration in the first round of the competition. Selected teams from the first round will be trained using MIT App Inventor software for the second round submission.

3. On the day of the final event, student teams will be asked to explain their idea and present it to a panel of judges. Teams will have 15 minutes to showcase their work.

4. The winning team will be determined by :

  • Originality of the idea
  • Practicability of the concept and its potential usage

5. Teams may use online training and tutorials for MIT App Inventor to make the apps.

6. No student can be part of two different teams, but each team can support upto 3 ideas for the first round. Teams are also allowed to submit updates until the deadline.

7. Teams can bring their own Android devices to showcase their app and its use during the presentation.

8. Send an email to [email protected] if there are any questions.




Q1. What is the OASiS-UTDallas IDEA contest?


The IDEA contest hosted by OASiS and the University of Texas at Dallas provides an opportunity for middle school and high school students, to use their STEM knowledge, their ingenuity, and their creativity to come up with an original mobile app that they can use every day. The goal of the competition is to provide an engaging and empowering learning experience to increase student interest and knowledge in STEM.


Q2. What are the prizes for the winning teams?



Middle School

High School

1st place



2nd place



3rd place




All noteworthy submissions will get honorable mention certificates.


Q3. Is there a fee for entering the competition?


No, the competition is free of charge.


Q4. Who can Participate in the IDEA contest?


  • The challenge is open to all middle School and high school students who reside in Texas attending any school system including home-school.
  • Participants must work in teams of 2 to 4 members and each team needs to have an adult (typically a teacher or a parent) as the mentor.
  • If a team has a combination of middle School and high school students, it has to compete under high school category.


Q5. What is the registration process and timeline?


Look at the table displayed at the top of this page.


Q6. What should be submitted for the IDEA contest?


Each team must complete the registration and submit the idea by answering the questions.  Submissions should be original work produced by the group of students in the team’s registration. 


1. Which area of concern does my app address? (Explain what problem your app solves and why your app is important.)
2. Design an app that will improve the way things are done today by students in Middle and High schools.
3. What will my app do? (Define the goal of your app. What are the functions your app will perform?)
4. Who is the end user that will find my app helpful? (Identify a specific person or group of people what will use your app.)
5. What are the needs of my app’s end user? (Define the specific features that the user you identified needs. Interview your end user and document your questions and answers if possible.)
6. My design. (Draw a diagram representing what your app will look like. Explain how your app will be operated. Draw a flowchart to represent the functionality of your app. If your app has multiple screens, show that as well.)
7. Submit your App ideas in the template available in the link

Q7. Do teams need to know how to build a mobile app to enter the contest?


No. In the first round entries will be judged based on the concept for the mobile app. Selected teams from the first round will go through 4 week training program between June 28  to July 30, 2015 to build how to make mobile app using  MIT app inventor tool for the final round.


Q8. Which mobile platforms are included in this contest?


MIT App Inventor SOFTWARE works only for Android Devices, so this challenge is only on Andriod OS.



Q9. Are the teams allowed any expense reimbursements?


A  Each team is responsible for making its own travel arrangements. These Expense are not reimbursable. However, OASiS &  UT Dallas will provide lunch and refreshments to the teams on the day of the competition.


Q10. How many ideas may be entered from each team?


One entry per team is minimum requirement, each team can submit up to maximum of three App ideas.


Q11. If team is developing an app already, with own resources and programmers, can the team enter the IDEA contest?


Yes, under certain conditions.

1.      Your app must not be published until after the final round of the competition.

2.      You will still need to submit an entry for the OASIS – UTD App Challenge by May 30th, midnight.

3.      Under the question “Do you already have resources for your idea?” choose “I’m already working on this app….”  We’ll follow up with you afterwards with more instructions.



Q12. How to get started developing my App?


Learning Resources:

MIT App Inventor site 

App Building for every one

MIT App Inventor Summer Camps @ UT Dallas


Q13. What is the judging Criteria?


Judging Criteria


Quality of the Idea: Entries will be judged on quality including creativity and originality.


Implementation: Implementation of the idea (including user experience and design)


Q14. What is OASIS?


OASIS is an AT&T Employee Resource Group and a 501c3 non-profit organization. The Organization of Asian Indians at AT&T provides its members with opportunities for self-development, professional enhancement, networking and community involvement.


Q15. What’s UT Dallas?


The University of Texas at Dallas is an innovative institution in the heart of North Texas on the path to achieving Tier One national research university status. See to learn more about UT Dallas.








The OASIS-UTDallas IDEA contest (“Contest”) hosted by OASIS Texas (“OASIS”) is designed to encourage eligible Middle Schools and High Schools students (“Student”), working in teams with a mentor (as defined below) (collectively the “Team”), to develop a mobile app concept that incorporates science, technology, engineering and/or math (“STEM”) and addresses a real need or problem in their school or community. Judges shall choose the winning entries, and prizes shall be awarded in accordance with these Contest Official Rules (the “Rules”). The definitions in these Rules shall apply equally to the singular, plural, active and passive forms of the terms defined.



1. AGREEMENT: In order to enter the Contest, you must agree to the Rules. Therefore, please read these Rules prior to entry and Submission (as defined below) to ensure you understand and agree. You agree that Submission of an App Concept in the Contest constitutes agreement to these Rules. You may not submit an App Concept to the Contest and are not eligible to receive the prizes described in these Rules unless you agree to these Rules.



2. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to groups of two (2) to four (4) Students who (i) are enrolled in grades sixth (6th) to eighth (8th) (“Middle School”) or grades ninth (9th) to twelfth (12th) (“High School”) in 2013-14 school year (ii) have obtained a parent’s or legal guardian’s prior permission and (iii) have one teacher/parent/adult as mentor, who is (a) eighteen (18) years or older at the time of Submission (as defined below). Teams who consist of Students who are under the age of eighteen (18) must get permission from their parents or legal guardians to enter the Contest and each parent or legal guardian shall execute a student release (“Student Release”) attached hereto. Each Student is allowed to be on only one Team. The undersigned shall be responsible and held liable for all actions and Submissions of the Teams. One mentor can can work with any # of teams, but should NOT contribute to the teams in any technical capacity. In other words, all the technical stuff should be students’ work. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.



3. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. To enter the Contest, schools shall register their respective Teams by visiting the Contest website located at during the Submission period. Thereafter, Teams shall follow the directions to enter a Submission as detailed below. LIMIT THREE (3) SUBMISSION PER TEAM PER CONTEST PERIOD.


a. Submissions shall consist of an App Concept and a presentation.

b. Winners shall submit developed functioning apps (“App”). OASIS and UT Dallas shall provide professional support, workshops and development assistance to help design and develop the Apps.

c. OASIS and UT Dallas will have full rights to share, discuss and use the Apps and the screen user interfaces of the apps prepared as part of this competition for Media and communications purposes.


4.       Content Restrictions: The Submission must NOT contain:

a. Nudity, lewd or vulgar behavior.

b. Material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy,

c. Publicity or intellectual property rights, including but not limited to copyright patent,

d. Trademark, trade secret infringement or other proprietary right of any party.

e. Brand names or trademarks.

f. Material that is hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.

g. Material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.

h. Material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where the App is created.

i. Material that interferes with the functioning of any services of other parties.

j. Material not suitable for persons under 13, including graphic depictions of violence or age-inappropriate language.

k. Gambling application or sites.

l. Material that includes content that is deemed inappropriate, indecent, obscene or otherwise does not comply with the Content Restrictions, as determined by Contest Administrator in its sole discretion.


5.       Neither OASIS nor UTD accepts responsibility for Submissions lost, delayed, damaged, defaced, or mislaid, howsoever caused. All Submissions shall be deemed made by the Team at the time of entry. Once a Submission is made, teams may not make any alterations.


6.       TAXES:  TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ALL TAXES IMPOSED ON PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNERS. The potential winner and finalists, and if the winner/finalist is a minor, their parents or legal guardians, are responsible for ensuring that they comply with all the applicable tax laws and filing requirements


7.       WARRANTY AND INDEMNITY: Teams warrant that their Submissions are their own original work and, as such, they are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submitted Submission and that they have the right to submit the Submission in the Contest and grant all required licenses. Each Team agrees not to submit any Submission that: (a) infringes any third party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, trade names, industrial designs, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity or confidentiality obligations; or (b) otherwise violates applicable state, federal, or local law.


To the maximum extent permitted by law, Team and school agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless OASIS and UTD from and against any and all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or accruing from; (i) any Submission or other material uploaded or otherwise provided by Team that infringes any copyright, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, patent or other intellectual property right of any person or defames any person or violates their rights of publicity or privacy; (ii) breach of any warranty set forth herein; (iii) any misrepresentation made by Team in connection with the Contest; (iv) any non-compliance by Team with these Rules; (v) claims brought by persons or entities other than the parties to these Rules arising from or related to Team’s involvement with the Contest; (vi) acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Contest-related activity or participation in the Contest; (vii) any malfunction or other problem with the Contest Site in relation to the Submission and participation in the Contest by Team; (ix) any error in the collection, processing, or retention of Submission or voting information in relation to the Submission and participation in the Contest by Team and in the voting process by consumers; or (x) any typographical or other error in the printing, offering or announcement of any prize or winners in relation to the Submission and participation in the Contest by Team.



8.       Disclaimer: OASIS is the Organization of South Asian employees in AT&T but is a separate non-profit 501 c (3) organization  that is independent of AT&T Inc. As such, AT&T and its affiliates are not part of or organizers of this competition and therefore not liable for any damages.