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Eligibility

  • Open to all high school, undergraduate and graduate students attending schools in the U.S.
  • No technology skills or experience necessary
  • Individual submission or self-organized team submissions are welcome (no team size limitations, but we recommend 3 to 5)
  • All team members must register and be U.S. high school or college students
  • Parental consent required for contestants under 18
  • Awards will be made in one of several categories (see below) based on the submission videos
  • Contest organizers reserve the right to disqualify any submission in the best interests of the competition
  • Contest organizers reserve the right to change and/or alter these rules at any time and for any reason

Judging Criteria and Awards

  • Prize money will be awarded based on the evaluation of submitted demo videos by a panel of judges
  • Prizes will be awarded to individuals/teams in the following categories:
    • “Best app design” ($1,000 each)
    • “Best prototype app” ($2,000 each)
    • “Best production-level app” ($5,000 each)
  • These three prizes will be awarded separately for high school, undergraduate and graduate individuals/teams
  • Team members will share awards
  • At the discretion of the contest organizers, one or more production-level apps, after code and security review, will be released to the SPARK community
  • The SPARK community will have the opportunity to vote for “Best overall app” for a prize of up to $25,000

Submission Guidelines and Categories

Submission Requirements
Demo Video Complete App Code RESTful API* OAuth2*
Design
Prototype
Production
*where/when applicable.

Mobile app platform must support iOS, Android, or both. Mobile-responsive websites and hybrid apps welcome.

App Design Category

A 3-5 minute demo video describing the purpose of the submission, how it will support the autistic community, and with visual examples of how it will look.

Accepted files formats: FLV, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, OGM, WMV

A short (200 word) description of your app, including: how it works or how it will work, in what way it will support the autistic population, and why you designed or built it.

Prototype App Category

A 3-5 minute demo video describing the purpose of the submission, how it will support the autistic community, and with visual examples of how it will look. Include screenshots of the app as built.

Accepted files formats: FLV, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, OGM, WMV

A short (200 word) description of your app, including: how it works or how it will work, in what way it will support the autistic population, and why you designed or built it.

Compressed file containing the complete source code for the app or website.

Accepted file formats: ZIP, RAR, TAR

Production-Level App Category

A 3-5 minute demo video describing the purpose of the submission, how it will support the autistic community, and with visual examples of how it will look. Include screenshots of the app as built.

Accepted files formats: FLV, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, OGM, WMV

A short (200 word) description of your app, including: how it works or how it will work, in what way it will support the autistic population, and why you designed or built it.

Compressed file containing the complete source code for the app or website.

Accepted file formats: ZIP, RAR, TAR

Link to the publically available free app on Google Play or Apple App Store. If the project is a mobile friendly website, link to the site. The app or website must be publically available and free until after the contest ends on April 13th. You may not make any changes to your app or website between the submission deadline, January 26th, and the end of the contest, April 13th.

Intellectual Property

  • All members of the competing team must sign an intellectual property designation agreement
  • Competing individuals/teams retain all intellectual property rights, including commercial rights, to concept, design, code and continued development
  • Contest organizers are given perpetual, non-commercial license to concept, design, code and continued development, limited to SPARK and SFARI research participants
  • The members of the competing team must control the majority of the intellectual property rights for submissions
  • The members of the competing team must account for the majority of the work and resources put into the creation of the app
  • Teams may use third-party frameworks if they have acquired appropriate licenses
  • Contest organizers reserve the right to disqualify submission found to contain any plagiarized or unauthorized material, including, but not limited to non-public domain images
    • Using an open source library is permitted provided that the terms of the library’s license agreement are followed
    • Using someone else’s code is permitted if the terms of the author’s distribution license are followed (e.g., proper credit given by comment in the source code, appropriate acknowledgement in made on an info/credits screen)
  • Using the Pace, Simons Foundation, SFARI or SPARK names or logos outside the demonstration videos and apps (e.g., in marketing materials) is strictly prohibited
  • Contestants may not distribute or otherwise make apps public for the duration of the contest
  • In-app advertising is not permitted in the contest submission