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iPhone Application Innovation Challenge

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The Innovation Challenge:

Part of the mission of the University of Michigan’s Office of Technology Transfer is to promote innovation across campus. Tech Transfer and Apple Inc., along with their entrepreneurial partners, announced at the “Celebrate Invention” event on October 1, 2008 the iPhone Application Challenge. Prizes will be awarded for innovative applications created by current students, faculty and/or staff for the iPhone or iPod Touch. The Challenge is designed to be a creative outlet for employees and students, and to show off some of the ingenuity at the University of Michigan.

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Current students and employees of the University of Michigan are eligible.
Teams are allowed (assuming all members are eligible), but prizes have
assumed single innovators. You may enter as many applications as you
choose, however, you will be limited to only one prize.


Entries will be submitted in one of five categories

  • Entertainment/Social Networking/Media
  • Games
  • Productivity/Business Applications/Education
  • Utilities/Search Tools/Usability
  • News/Sports/Weather/Travel

Number of awards will be based on quality and volume of entries. The top winners in each category, as judged by our panel of judges, will receive a 16GB iPod Touch, 16GB iPhone, or iTunes Gift Certificate.



The judging panel will include members of Michigan’s Office of Technology Transfer, Apple Inc., Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (creators of the iFund), and other technology and commercialization experts. Applications will be evaluated based on creativity, usability, and utility.


Deadline to Submit Applications is April 22, 2009:

Submission of your application does not imply ownership by the University of Michigan.

Submit your application via this web based form




Entrepreneurial Partners:

Michigan Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship Michigan Ross School of Business, Samuel Zell & Robert H Lurie Institute, Center for venture Capital and Private Equity Finance KPCB MPowered Entrepreneurship

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