Details & Contest Rules

This contest is governed by these official details & rules (“Official Rules”). By participating in the contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of the contest, as determined by The Sponsor and its agents, are final in all respects. The contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.



  • Registering Project teams will need to include one member of the UCLA/UCLA Extension faculty, UCLA student or UCLA staff.
  • The minimum team size is one person.
  • A maximum of 6 people can be registered as part of the same team.
  • Any individual may only participate in one team.
  • Each team may only submit one app in total into one of the three tracks
  • Winners' willingness and ability to assign the IP rights to UCLA if the team wishes to distribute the winning app under the UCLA brand on Apple's App Store or under UCLA's account on The Google Play Market. NOTE: If you do not win, you will still retain all ownership of your IP. If you are already under an obligation to assign the rights to UCLA (app is related to your work as a UCLA staff member or you received funding through UCLA to develop the app) the contest will not impact that obligation (for questions contact Kat Fibiger @
  • The Contest is open to legal residents of their respective countries where not prohibited by law, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry who have Internet access and a valid e-mail account prior to the beginning of the Contest Period. If you are under 18 years old, we may ask for confirmation from someone over 18 that you agree to the rules of the contest.
  • The Sponsors have the right to verify the eligibility of each entrant.


  • Participation in the contest requires that teams follow a two-step process
  • First, Teams interested in participating must register their projects and members by 5pm PST on Friday, June 30th, 2017 to have their eligibility confirmed and to receive the submission link (at a future undisclosed date).
  • Second, teams’ product submissions must be received by 9am PST on September 25th, 2017.
  • Once the technology product is submitted, a team is prohibited from making any changes or alterations to the product until the evaluation of the entries is completed. The approximate date for completing the evaluation is Oct 4th, 2017. This date may be shortened or extended at the sole discretion of the Sponsors.
  • Finalists will be announced by September 29th, and will be invited to present a POSTER about their projects at the Mobile Experience Conference Opens in a new window on October 12th, 2017.
  • All CFTM participants are welcome to RSVP for the UCLA Mobile Experience Conference FREE of charge


  • The technology product submitted will consist of a mobile native or web app. A link to an emulator or video of the app’s capabilities and functionality must be entered into the “Website of app created” field on the Technology Product Submission Form.
  • A PowerPoint presentation no longer than 10 slides or a Word document no longer than 5 pages describing the web or mobile app must be uploaded to the Technology Product Submission Form and accompany the submitted entry.
  • The following must be submitted via the submission form (not yet available) by 09/15/17:

    A mobile web or native app:

    • Any mobile application(s) or additional software that have been developed or integrated into the final solution. Apps should be provided via a link to download (e.g. .apk or .ipa file) and / or linked to from a separate source code page link (e.g. from Github or Google Code).
    • If the solution includes additional devices, provide detail as to the product name and specifications of the device with links to online product information
    • Note: solutions must be hosted using server storage selected and provided by the team.
    • Sample data, screen shots, and other solution outputs should also be uploaded to this site.

    Project Documentation:

    • A link to download or view an project explanation document (e.g. powerpoint, PDF or word doc) that details out i) the problem the submission is solving, ii) the features and technical details of the solution and iii) documentation of the demonstrated impact. The document should be no longer than the equivalent of 10 slides or 5 pages.
    • We also highly recommend providing a video demonstration of the solution’s capabilities and functionality. Please provide via an uploaded link.


Submissions to the 2017 Code for the Mission contest will be judged based on the following factors:

  • Alignment with the category: Consideration will be given to how well the app aligns with the category.
  • Creativity & Novelty/Originality: Does the submission provide a unique, new solution that is not available in the app market today.
  • Usefulness: How well does the app solve the stated problem for the end-user
  • Team Background: Consideration will be given to new collaborations
  • Impact: To what extent has the solution demonstrated potential to have a positive impact on providing innovative solutions in the contest categories
  • Scalability /Dissemination strategy: Is the solution scalable and easily disseminated
  • Completeness: Does the app provide an end-to-end solution
  • Design & Usability: How well has the solution been designed to suit a user’s needs with its user focused interface and user centric experience
  • Accessibility: To what extent can the solution be used by all potential users, e.g. meet mobile, web and ADA compliant accessibility guidelines
  • Likelihood of success: Consideration will be given to early signs of success such positive trends of user adoption/usage
  • Unique use of mobile devices/sensors: Does the app provide new and unique uses of mobile, wearable devices/sensors.
  • Cost benefit for the user/ problem: Does the app provide users with a new and more cost efficient solution.
  • Supporting Research: Does the app build upon supporting research.


The Sponsors and Judges have the absolute discretion to make all decisions related to eligibility, the development, management, and evaluation of the technology product submitted as an entry to the Contest. Please note that Judges with any connection to a team must recuse themselves from the evaluation of those entries. The decision of the Sponsors and Judges are final.


  • Endorsement: The prizes are in no way endorsed by The Sponsors.
  • Responsibility of Winners: The winners will be awarded prizes at UCLA's Fall Mobility Conference. Announcement and instructions for prize pickup will be sent to the e-mail address supplied on the potential Contest winner’s entry form. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his/her e-mail account for prize notification and receipt or other communications related to this Contest. If a potential prize winner cannot be reached by Sponsor within five (5) days, using the contact information provided at the time of entry, or if the email notification is returned as undeliverable, that potential prize winner shall forfeit the prize and a new prize winner shall be selected. Upon the request by UCLA, the potential winner may be required to return an Assignment, Affidavit of Eligibility, Release and IRS W-9 form AND OTHER DOCUMENT THAT MAY BE REQUIRED TO AWARD THE PRIZES. If a potential winner fails to comply with these official rules, that potential winner will be disqualified.
  • Terms and conditions may apply Incidental expenses and all other costs and expenses which are not specifically listed as part of a prize in these Official Rules and which may be associated with the award, acceptance, receipt and use of all or any portion of the awarded prize are solely the responsibility of the contest entrants. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZE IS SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.
  • Additional Limitations: Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The Sponsors and respective agents, and representatives are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the Contest, including, but not limited to, errors in any printing or posting or these Official Rules, the selection and announcement of any winner, or the distribution of any prize. Any attempt to damage the content or operation of this Contest is unlawful and subject to possible legal action by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, suspend or amend the Contest, without notice, and for any reason, including, without limitation, if Sponsor determines that the Contest cannot be conducted as planned or should a virus, bug, tampering or unauthorized intervention, technical failure or other cause beyond Sponsor’s control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Contest. In the event any tampering or unauthorized intervention may have occurred, Sponsor reserves the right to void suspect entries at issue. Sponsors and respective agents, and representatives, and any telephone network or service providers, are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunction, lost or delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, line failure or malfunction of any telephone network, computer equipment or software, the inability to access any website or online service or any other error, human or otherwise.


By participating, each entrant grants Sponsor permission to use his/her name, image, likeness or comments for publicity purposes without payment of additional consideration, except where prohibited by law.


  • By submitting a technology product as an entry in response to this Contest, each team and each team member represents and warrants that:
    • The team and its members substantially participated in the creation of the technology product and it represents the team's original work.
    • The technology product, through its creation and its submission as an entry, does not violate any applicable laws;
    • The technology product, through its creation and its submission as an entry, does not infringe upon or violate intellectual property rights held by any third person or party;
    • The technology product submitted as an entry complies with appropriate policies, procedures and protections for access to relevant data sets to ensure all privacy requirements, intellectual property considerations, and Sponsor restrictions are met; and
    • The use of any data in the technology product submitted as an entry will not allow the identification of an individual human subject, unless such subject has given the required legal consent.
  • By submitting a technology product in response to this Contest, each team and each team member agrees to:
    • Comply with and be bound by the official rules and decisions of the sponsors;
    • Release and hold harmless the Sponsors, its officers, its employees, and agents (including but not limited to, any judges or evaluators of the entries) from any claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to infringement of copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights, property damage, claims related to violations of privacy, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to the Contest; and,
    • Indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsors from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities arising from or relating to participation in the Contest.
    • If you win, and wish your app to be distributed under the UCLA brand in the Public App Stores, you will need to willingly assign the IP rights to UCLA. If there is App specific "Revenue" it will all go to the creator or creator's UCLA Organization beneath a certain level (100K) (if you have questions contact Kat Fibiger @