This April, Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale is throwing its inaugural Saluki App Competition. Students and student-led teams will compete for cash prizes ($800 total) by creating mobile apps that aim to enhance either the SIU Carbondale campus or Southern Illinois. The apps will be judged via online voting scheduled for April 5th-15th.
“Universities across the country are creating contests like this,” says Jeff Myers, senior technology transfer specialist at SIU. “This is one of several initiatives we have started … to encourage student involvement in entrepreneurial research and development activities.”
Entries must include a short description of the app, a video presentation and a photo of the working app. Each team must be at least half comprised of SIU students, whether grad or undergrad.
“Creating the right team is crucial,” says Mike Philip, SIU grad and CEO of the app RoverTown. “You need the right mix of personalities and skills to effectively move your company forward. A programmer, graphic designer, and a sales person would be my minimum recommendation.
“The biggest challenge you will face as a student entrepreneur is ignorance,” he adds. “Luckily, the fix is easy. Talk to as many people as possible. Tell them what you are doing and ask for advice. Don’t be afraid that they will steal your idea.”
Source: The Southern Illinoisan