SOFTWARE DESIGN COMPETITION: PARTICIPANTS WANTED!

WANT TO EARN AT LEAST $100 AND HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN UP TO $2000?

We’re sorry, the deadline for this contest is closed.


Register as a candidate in the

(1) UC Irvine Architecture and Design Competition or the
(2) UC Irvine User Experience Competition
 

UC Irvine Architecture and Design Competition
Are you a software developer with at least two years of experience? This competition is for you. You’ll be given a set of requirements and be asked to sketch the architecture and design of a system satisfying the requirements.

UC Irvine User Experience Competition
Are you a user interface designer? This competition is for you. You’ll be given a set of requirements and be asked to sketch mockups of a user interface.

Structure of the Competitions
Each competition has two rounds, each round lasting one week.

Round 1: You’ll be given a the design task, which you are free to work on in any way you see fit and using whatever tools you feel appropriate; you simply need to provide a PDF with your design at the end. After all designs have been submitted, you will be asked to review some of the other designs and may be asked to rank them.

Round 2: After seeing the other designs, you’ll be asked to produce a second design, incorporating whatever insights you’ve learned from the best designs in the first round into your own design. After all second round designs have been submitted, you will again be asked to review some of the other designs and may be asked to rank them.

Interview: You’ll participate in a brief 15 min Skype call with the competition sponsors, discussing your experience and strategy within the competition.

Workload
We expect most participants to spend several hours per round, but you are free to spend as much time as you want.

Compensation and Prize
Everyone that completes the competition will receive $100 just for participating. In addition, four prizes for the best designs will be awarded:

  • Best design in the Architecture and Design Competition (Round 1): $1000
  • Best design in the User Experience Competition (Round 1): $1000
  • Best design in the Architecture and Design Competition (Round 2): $1000
  • Best design in the User Experience Competition (Round 2): $1000

Winners of round 1 are eligible to win in round 2.

Qualifications
In order to participate, you need to have a minimum of two years of design experience as either a software developer or a user interface designer.

Interested?
If you’d like to participate, register as a candidate below by taking a brief test screening your qualifications:

Register for the UC Irvine Architecture and Design Competition.

Register for the UC Irvine User Experience Competition.

We’ll select twenty candidates for the Architecture and Design Competition and twenty candidates for the User Experience Competition. All candidates will be notified if they’ve been selected to compete at least one week prior to the state of the competition.

Want to know more?
Contact Thomas LaToza (tlatoza@ics.uci.edu) with any questions about the UC Irvine Design Competitions.

About
The UC Irvine Design Competitions are being conducted as part of a research study at the University of California, Irvine. Our study aims to better understand how design competitions might be used in crowdsourcing software development. The research study is being conducted by Micky Chen, Luxi Jiang, Dr. Thomas LaToza, and Prof. André van der Hoek in the Software Design and Collaboration Lab  at the University of California, Irvine.

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