Wayne State University


Team submissions were judged on their relevance, functionality, reliability, originality, aesthetics, and the user experience. Detailed criteria are listed below. Judges for this competition include:

  • Dave Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer of backstitch, Co-Founder of Bamboo Detroit
  • Adrian Fortino, Tech Entrepreneur, Invest Detroit
  • Nick DeNardis, Web Director at Wayne State University
  • Trish Nguyen, WSU Student and Blackstone Launchpad Staff
  • Dan Kerbel, Founder of Guidesmob
  • Nathan Hughes, Co-Founder of Detroit Labs


Criteria Description Possible Points
Essential Value & Utility

The perceived value added and significance of the app; how the app meets an important need.


Innovation & Originality

Creative, fresh and unique solution to an old problem, or a better and more efficient way to do something; how it competes with competitor apps.


General Appeal & Aesthetics

Quality of the user experience and interface design; look, feel, simplicity, and ease of use; appeal to the target audience and excitement about the app. 



Reliability and quality of the implementation; durability and resilience; strength and design of the source code; smart use of technological elements. 


Overview Document

Explains the problem the app aims to solve, target user groups, and a detailed description of the app’s purpose, features and functionality.





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