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Have a great idea for a mobile application?
Consider entering the IT Division's Mobility Competition.
Winners will receive cash awards of up to $2500 (before taxes).

The competition is now closed.  Judging is underway.  Stay tuned for results.

Competition Goals

The Mobility Competition is designed to promote development of creative and useful mobile applications for Berkeley Lab. A 'mobile application' takes advantage of features available on cell phones, smart phones, and PDAs.

Entries do not need to be flashy, as long as they provide value to Berkeley Lab. For example, a simple application that sends information in text messages might genuinely help a scientific group. A new web interface optimized for smart phones might improve productivity for hundreds of users. Contestants are free to choose any mobile platform or architecture.

Judges

The Competition will run in two parallel tracks. Jay Keasling (Acting Deputy Laboratory Director) and Jim Krupnick (Associate Laboratory Director for Operations) will serve as judges for both competition tracks.

Timeline

The Mobility Competition begins on September 1. In the Code Track, contestants can submit entries until December 1. In the Idea Track, contestants can submit entries until November 1, and the Lab Community will have a chance to vote on entries during the month of November. Winners will be announced before the Winter holidays.

Code Track [now closed]

In this track, contestants submit working code for a prototype mobile application. In order to receive an award, contestants must also submit a Software Disclosure and Abstract Form.

In the Code Track, judges will consider:

  • value to Berkeley Lab
  • originality
  • usability of application

Idea Track [now closed]

The idea for a great mobile application can come from anyone at Berkeley Lab. In this track, contestants submit the description for a mobile application, but do not submit code. Entries in the Idea Track will be posted to the competition website, and will be considered for implementation by the IT Division. Lab staff will have the chance to vote on Idea Track entries, and judges will take voting results into consideration when selecting winners. Voting, and the submissions themselves, will remain anonymous.

The idea for a great mobile application can come from anyone at Berkeley Lab. In this track, contestants submit the description for a mobile application, but do not submit code. Entries in the Idea Track will be posted to the competition website, and will be considered for implementation by the IT Division. Lab staff will have the chance to vote on Idea Track entries, and judges will take voting results into consideration when selecting winners. Voting, and the submissions themselves, will remain anonymous.

In the Idea Track, judges will consider:

  • value to Berkeley Lab
  • originality
  • voting results

FAQ

Q: Who is eligible to enter the competition and receive awards?
A: To enter the Idea Track competition, you must be eligible to receive an LBNL Spot Award. To enter the Code Track competition, you must be eligible to receive an LBNL Outstanding Performance Award. To be considered for an award in the Code Track, contestants must also complete a Software Disclosure and Abstract Form.

Q: What are the cash award amounts?
A: Our contest judges will set individual award amounts, based on the quality of submissions. The maximum award for the Code Track will be $2500. Maximum award for the Idea Track will be $500. (Award amounts are before taxes).

Q: Can teams apply for the awards?
A: Collaboration and joint applications are encouraged. Team members split awards equally.

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    1. Hi Tim,

      Thanks for the comment. I think your concern is addressed in the FAQ page:

      Q: Can one project win awards in both the 'Idea' and 'Code' tracks?
      A: No, a project cannot win awards in both tracks. The intent of this rule is to reward as many competitors as possible.

      So for each application idea, a contestant must choose between the two tracks. Note that the maximum award for the Code Track is $2500, while the maximum for the Idea Track is $500. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I hope you submit an entry in the competition.

      Greg Bell