March 20, 2014

‘Saluki App’ registration deadline nears

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill.  -- Southern Illinois University faculty, staff, students and student-led teams still have time to enter the 2014 Saluki App Competition. 

In its second year, the event encourages innovative software application creators to compete for cash prizes by creating mobile device software applications (apps) that make the SIU campus or the region a better place.  Winning entries will earn cash prizes that have recently doubled. 

Teams may be comprised of any number of students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public, but at least half the team must be comprised of spring 2014 SIU students – whether undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time.   

Participants need to submit an online application by the extended March 28 deadline and present a poster at the Undergraduate Research Forum on April 7.  The complete contest rules and entry forms are online at 

Contest categories include:

            •  Green -- environment, energy, conservation

            •  Maroon -- improving or enhancing SIU academics or research or promoting university athletics

            •  Blue -- productivity or enhancement involving work, travel, leisure, search or directories, networking or so forth. 

People’s choice award winners can earn prices of $150, $100 or $50 for first through third place, while the judge’s choice awards are $300 each.  The prize award may be modified if there are fewer than two entries in a specific category.  One winner will also get a free table at the SI Business Technology Showcase on April 23 to show off their winning app. 

Online voting for the people’s choice awards will take place March 31 to April 6 with the announcement of winners on April 7. 

For more information email or visit the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities in Room 126 of the Student Services Building.    

Sponsors include SIU’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, Technology Transfer Program and Student Innovation Incubator.