Guidelines

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The competition can be participated by individuals or by teams of up to 4 persons. For eligibility of submission, each individual must first complete their profile online which includes:

  • Name(s)
  • Gender(s)
  • Age(s)
  • Location(s) (e.g. Lagos, Abuja)
  • Parental consent(s)

Late submissions will not be accepted into the competition. The submission deadline is July 27th at 11:59 pm GMT. All submissions must include:

  • Pitch and Demo Video files .mp4
    • Pitch video should be 1-minute maximum,  while the Demo video must be 4 minutes maximum, both uploaded in mp4 format.
    • Maximum file size is 25mb each.
    • Videos must be in English or include English subtitles.
    • It is recommended that all team members speak (For teams only).
    • Pitch video should contain:
      • An introduction of all team members.
      • A brief description of your app, stating why you made it and how it works.
    • Demo video should show your app being used.
  • App Name & Description file made using Microsoft office Powerpoint (.ppt or .pptx) that requires this information (but not limited to):
    • A brief introduction of the app and team members.
    • Why you made the app. Highlighting important idea points.
    • How you made the app. Briefly describing key algorithms and the app making tool of choice.
    • How it works (may contain screenshots).
    • A section on the scope (strengths, weaknesses, and limitations) of your app.
    • Future improvement ideas.
  • Project App Inventor file .aia – Click here to learn how to export (.aia) files
  • Project Android App Installation file .apk – Click here to learn how to export (.apk) files

 

APP REQUIREMENTS AND RULES

Apps texts must be in English (e.g. buttons, logos, should be in English. However, the pitch video must explain how the app works.

  • All participants cannot use other app builders and programming languages other than MIT App Inventor.
  • However, they must be able to complete all given criteria and submit the source code of the app to receive full points. Judges will download and run the code during the judging process.
  • Teams cannot re-submit the same app idea for subsequent years.
  • Submission must contain a mobile app prototype in order for their submission to be valid.

 

JUDGING

Teams cannot appeal to judge decisions. All scores are final.  

JUDGING CRITERIA

Each level has individual points awarded to it, no cumulative points. Hence, the contest winners will be based on the performance of the contestant at the finals. However, each contestant must perform well in order to get to the next round. Scores can also be taken away as penalties, during the contest. Teams may employ the help of an adult for Technical assistance but bear in mind that every part of your project must be defended.

 

SUBMISSIONS LEVEL

The screening will be done based on strict compliance with the specified Submission Guidelines given on this page.

 

SEMI-FINALS

The screening will be based on the following criteria:

On a scale of 1-5

Score Remark
1 Incomplete. The work is missing.
2 Needs Improvement. The work needs major improvement.
3 Acceptable. The work needs minor improvement.
4 Good. The work is of good quality.
5 Excellent. The work is of excellent quality.
Scores will be expanded based on the total score in each category.

Ideation (20%)

This includes app name and description

Criteria Total Score (%)
The participant/team clearly state the name of the app, define the problem, stating how their app idea relates to a problem in their environment/community. 10
Provision of evidence about a problem the app is solving in the environment through facts and statistics. (Pictures, data, graphs, and chats) 10

Pitch Video (25%)

Refers to the pitch video.

Criteria Total Score (%)
The participant/team clearly define the problem statement. 5
The participant/team presents a convincing argument to support their solution. 5
The participant/team’s pitch has a storyline that is well-thought-out. 5
The pitch is specific and to the point. 5
The participant/team video is of clear, audible and of good quality. 5

User Interface (20%)

Refers to the appearance of the app. 

Criteria Total Score (%)
Colour theme. 5
Choice of graphics and images.. 5
Order and arrangement of elements. 10

User Experience [Workability] (30%)

Refers to the source code, screenshots, and demo video(improved)

Criteria Total Score (%)
The app appears to be fully functional and has no noticeable bugs. 10
The app is easy to use and the features are well-thought-out. 10
The app should have only the necessary/right elements and code blocks. (efficiency) 10
Criteria Total Score (%)

Social Media

Refer to the likes and shares of the pitch video posted online. The contestants are required to share the link to their pitch video uploaded to app creator contest social handle, the voters are required to follow 9jacodekids and app creator contest on Instagram, like and comment on your post.

5

FINALS

In the finals, contestants will be required to present their app projects before a live audience and panel of judges. The judging criteria will be based on the following:

On a scale of 1-5

Score Remark
1 Incomplete. The work is missing.
2 Needs Improvement. The work needs major improvement.
3 Acceptable. The work needs minor improvement.
4 Good. The work is of good quality.
5 Excellent. The work is of excellent quality. 
Scores will be expanded based on the total score in each category.

Ideation (20%)

This includes app name and description

Criteria Total Score (%)
The participant/team clearly state the name of the app, define the problem, stating how their app idea relates to a problem in their environment/community. 10
Provision of evidence about a problem the app is solving in the environment through facts and statistics. (Pictures, data, graphs, and chats) 10

Presentation (30%)

Refers to the live presentation.

Criteria Total Score (%)
The team clearly states the problem they are solving. 5
The participant/team presents a convincing argument to support their solution. 5
Proper time management. 5
Audibility, Confidence and smart appearance. 5
The participant/team video is of clear, audible and of good quality. 5
The general appearance of the PowerPoint presentation. (Use of Images, font size, color, arrangement, bullet points, animation etc ) 10

User Interface (20%)

Refers to the appearance of the app. 

Criteria Total Score (%)
Colour theme. 5
Choice of graphics and images.. 5
Order and arrangement of elements. 10

User Experience [Workability] (30%)

Refers to the source code, screenshots, and demo video(improved)

Criteria Total Score (%)
The app appears to be fully functional and has no noticeable bugs. 10
The app is easy to use and the features are well-thought-out. 10
The app should have only the necessary/right elements and code blocks. (efficiency) 10

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • It is acceptable to use code from open-source databases and libraries. Endeavor to always give credit for research, facts/statistics in your work. If you aren’t sure, seek permission from the owner.
  • Plagiarism is highly prohibited. All submissions suspected of plagiarism would be reviewed by the App Creator Contest Judging team.
  • If caught plagiarizing another team’s work, you will be disqualified immediately.
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