Wayne State University


I’m not a student; can I still participate?

Yes! You can participate if you are a Wayne State University faculty, staff, or alum, so long as a current undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking student is on your team.

What happens to the app after the competition?

All contestants will retain the rights to their app and code. The University will treat source code like course work handed in as part of taking a class at the university. It will remain private, but judges are permitted to examine it.

Does the app have to be free and/or opensource?

Yes; at least for the duration of this competition (until June 13).

What if I didn’t submit an interest form?

The interest form helps competition staff and judges know how many entries to expect, and are strongly encouraged, though not mandatory. Teams that submit an interest form by April 25 - extended deadline! - will receive preferential consideration.

What if I don’t have a team?

Come to the College of Engineering’s Ford Student Activity Center from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 for a Matchmaking and Q & A event where interested parties can find and recruit teammates, discuss app ideas, learn about available resources on- and off-campus, and ask questions about the process and judging criteria. Current students may work independently though collaboration is encouraged. 

Does the app have to be about campus?

Nope! Apps can be about Detroit, Midtown, restaurants, special events, you name it. The app simply has to be useful to the campus community. Keep in mind that judges will be looking specific criteria mention on the ‘About’ page.

Where do I go for help?

Blackstone Launchpad at the Undergraduate Library is a great resource for tech-based startups. Apple also provides tips on how to design great appsOur competition sponsors and local partners also frequently host events and classes that may be of interest to participating teams (e.g., Detroit Labs, Grand Circus, Atomic Object, DTX Detroit). 

What are examples of eligible apps? 

Some examples of app ideas include the following:

  • Food Truck locations, dates, and times on campus
  • List of local restaurants that deliver to campus
  • Store locations and hours along the Livernois Avenue of Fashion
  • Push notifications when student orgs are meeting
  • Estimated time of arrival for the campus shuttle
  • Note sharing or project coordination with classmates  
  • Wayne State / Detroit history using GPS locating

Where can I find more information?

Visit the competition website, mobileapp.wayne.edu.  You may also access the link to the competition from http://economicdevelopment.wayne.edu/campus.php. For any additional questions please contact Jeri Stroupe at jeri.stroupe@wayne.edu or 313.577.9778.

Thank you to all of our mobile app competitors! Winners were announced on Friday June 13th at the College of Engineering's Ford Student Activity Center. To view a complete list of the apps submitted, click here

  • Detroit Labs
  • Blackstone Launchpad
  • DTX
  • Office of Economic Development
  • TechTown
  • Bizdom
  • Invest Detroit
  • Detroit Creative Corridor Center