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Bronco Appathon organizers reserve the right to modify the contest rules for any reason and make judgments on issues not directly addressed in this document.


Except as noted below, Bronco Appathon 2017 is open to any full-time or part-time Boise State student who will be at the contest location during the Appathon event.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by 11:59PM.

Registration is first come, first serve and is limited to the first 20 teams in the competition. If more than 20 teams register, organizers will encourage 1- or 2-person teams to combine with other 1- or 2-person teams. Participation in Bronco Appathon 2017 is closed to immediate family of contest judges. Boise State University student employees are eligible.

Registration & Team Information

Registration is free. We encourage registering as soon as possible. We will limit the number of teams to 20. A team becomes eligible for prizes once Appathon organizers confirm registration. If you do not have a team when registering, please note if you want to be part of a team and we will help hook you up with other registrants.

Submissions must be emailed to by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, March 1st.

To participate in the weekend Appathon, contestants may work alone or in groups of up to 4 people. By the registration deadline, each group must submit a team name and list of members (name, Boise State student ID#, declared major, email address and shirt size) with one person designated as Captain.

We will no longer be allowing teams to work off-site; participants must work on-site in the Interactive Learning Center. If you know the purpose of your app (e.g., social or civic good, game, etc.), we will ask you to include that, and we can give you feedback on the applicability of your app for social or civic good if requested.

Also, we need to know if you are a “Novice” team. A “Novice” team should not have anyone on the team who has ever been paid for programming. In addition, if any of the students on the team have completed CS 401 (Web Dev) or CS 402 (Mobile Apps) or the equivalent, you are not eligible for the Novice category. We will review Novice team membership and reserve the right to change your status to a non-Novice team.

We strongly encourage team diversity as part of our annual Appathon. This includes teams who are of mixed-gender and team members who are non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) majors. We also encourage a mix of team members who can articulate design, craft a vision for social or civic good, create content, and present well. Typically, development teams are a mix of different skillsets and backgrounds, so why not start now?


Bronco Appathon 2017 officially begins with a Keynote Address on Friday, March 10th at 4:30pm in the ILC building, Room 118. The actual building of apps will start after the keynote activities. We provide workspace, connectivity, and food/drinks. Teams are expected to provide their own computing devices (e.g., laptops, tablets, etc). There will also be a limited number of public computers available throughout the ILC.

To be eligible for prizes, your submission must…

  • Be either mobile or web application applicable to Boise State academic, civic, or social life.
  • Be created by team members, with work taking place entirely between the Friday kickoff and the Sunday deadline.
  • External resources: Participants may use external resources (online tutorials, reference books, feedback from friends, open datasets, publicly available APIs, etc.) but all documents, code, graphics and other submitted material must be created directly by team members. For example, a non-team member may give a verbal description of how to create a login system, but the actual typing (coding) of said login system must be done solely by members of the team in order to eligible for submission.
  • Third party libraries: Third party libraries are permitted if they may be used freely and are publicly available/accessible by all teams. Generally, we will allow third party libraries that are completely free to use, for example those with an LGPL license. If you are unsure whether using a particular library or framework is allowed, please verify with Bronco Appathon organizers. We reserve the right to reject the use of a third-party library if it would create an unfair advantage over other teams. We will ask you to provide a link to all external libraries.


Each team is permitted one app submission, which must be received by the Appathon deadline of Sunday, March 12th by 11:00am). The following items compose a complete submission:

  • Team name and members.
  • Application name and some description of its social good goal and purpose. Your description should identify a problem your app aims to solve, or any ways in which your app could benefit the public (or some specific segment of it). Your app should aim first to improve the community; commercial viability is not the primary goal.
  • URL to live-demo of the application (if applicable).
  • List of third-party plug-ins, libraries, etc. used in your application.
  • ZIP file of your application’s source code.

Submissions must be emailed to by the completion deadline (Sunday, March 12th by 11:00am) to be eligible. By submitting a project, you grant the Bronco Appathon team and organizers unrestricted rights to use your submission material, at no cost, for promotional purposes of future Bronco Appathon events.


  • Following your submission, take a break, grab some lunch and mingle with judges, volunteers and fellow participants.
  • Each team will give a five-minute live demonstration of their application’s key features to the audience in the ILC auditorium – Room 118. The idea is to sell the judges and audience on what you have developed and why they should use it and/or how it will benefit the public . Given time, questions will be permitted after each demonstration. Judges will convene at the end of the demonstrations.
  • ILC-118 will be open throughout the event for testing the media/classroom projection of apps. It is strongly recommended each team test how their app will display in the auditorium.

Judging and Prizes

  • Judges will consist be of a panel of local developers, designers, and engineers.
  • We will not judge code quality or style. However, we encourage clear and readable code to enable your team to work more efficiently.
  • Judges have discretion to select the final winners.



  • Main Prizes:
    • Grand Prize – $500 for each team member (up to 4 members).
    • Second Place – $300 for each team member (up to 4 members).
    • Third Place – $100 for each team member (up to 4 members).
  • Novice Prize – $250 for each team member (up to 4 members) for best overall app by a Novice team as determined by the judges.
  • Best Design Prize – $250 for each team member (up to 4 members) for the best designed app as determined by judges.

In order to be eligible to receive a prize, teams must have submitted to Bronco Appathon organizers a valid submission in full.

Contact Information

Contact for any clarifications regarding the rules above. Also check our Frequently Asked Questions page