ICT Innovation Challenge


The mission statement of AIS is as follows:

“The Association for Information Systems (AIS) serves society through the advancement of knowledge and the promotion of excellence in the practice and study of information systems. AIS is the premier professional association for individuals and organizations who lead the research, teaching, practice, and study of information systems worldwide.”

As students and future practitioners of Information Systems (IS), you play a significant part in this mission to serve society. The AIS Student Chapters Technology Innovation Challenge focuses on information systems solutions, innovations and initiatives that help make the world a better, safer place for organizations and society in general. This challenge will allow you to demonstrate the impact that IS can have in improving the world in which live. If you accept this challenge, your team of 1-5 individuals will design and implement an innovative IS solution fitting one of the parameters below. Your solution may run on any platform, be coded in any language and deployed in any device environment. Projects that implement an IoT solution are particularly welcome.

Topic areas may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. The Bright ICT Initiative. This initiative has the goal of making the Internet a safer place for organizations and society in general. The Bright ICT contest will allow you to demonstrate the impact that IS can have in making the Internet a safer place by designing and implementing an innovative IS solution to prevent undesirable and dangerous activities on the Internet. Examples include (but are not limited to): Cybercrime, Cyberterrorism, Cyberbullying, Internet Extortion, etc. In short, if it’s happening on the Internet and it is causing harm to an individual or an organization, its fair game! For more details go to http://aisnet.org/?page=BrightICT
  2. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Each of the 17 goals has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. Goals include:
  • No poverty
  • Zero hunger
  •  Good health and well-being
  • Quality education
  • Gender equality
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action
  • Life below water
  • Life on land
  • Peace, justice, and strong institutions
  • Partnerships for the goals

For more details go to http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

  • Submission Instructions

    • Upload your video to YouTube.com (make sure that you don’t make your video private so we can access it!)
    • Email the following to AISSCInnovationChallenge@gmail.com by the deadline:
      • Your submission as Word or PDF file
      • Text file of any code as explained in the project instructions
      • Link to your video
      • Names and email addresses of the team members with a corresponding author identified
  • Timeline

    • All preliminary submissions must be received no later than March 2, 2018
    • Finalists will be announced on or around March 12, 2018
    • The winner will be revealed at the Student Chapters Leadership Conference between April 12-14, 2018
  • Prizes

    First place: $2,000

    Second place: $1,000

    Third place: $500


  • The project submissions must entirely be the work of the project team. While faculty and other individuals can help review the submission, they should not contribute to the content of the report or the solution.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered, so make sure you have all of your submission deliverables are in the submission package.
  • The contest materials must be submitted by the due dates. Late submissions will not be accepted and no extensions will be given.
  • Teams must be members of an AIS Student Chapter.

Preliminary Round

For the preliminary round the student team must submit a report in PDF format that contains:

  1. The societal problem that the team has chosen to address and why it is important to solve this problem.  What is the potential impact of solving the problem?
  2. A detailed description of your proposed solution which should include a written description of the solution, diagrams that communicate the solution and its components, the solution architecture and platform, etc.
  3. A statement of why you believe that your solution is innovative (ex. How is it different than what currently exists or has been tried before? What makes your solution “special”?)
  4. A discussion of the major business aspects of your application including who your target audience is, how you are going to let them know your application exists so they can take advantage of it, and how you are going to finance continuing operations (i.e. selling the application, advertising, grants, etc.),
  5. An introduction of each team member and a description of the role that he/she plays on the project team.

The team must also submit:

  1. A copy of the in-progress source code for your “alpha” prototype (text file).
  2. A link to a video that demos the “alpha” prototype of the solution (see video instructions below).

In addition to the report, the team must also submit a video that depicts a demo of the “alpha” prototype of their solution to YouTube.  The guidelines for this deliverable are:

  1. The video must not be more than 7 minutes in length.
  2. The team should briefly introduce the problem and an overview of the solution in the video, but the focus of the video should be the demo of the alpha prototype.
  3. Remember that this is only a demo of the alpha prototype, so it doesn’t need to be completely ready for “prime time.” Hard coding some data elements or responses into the system for the purposes of the demo is completely acceptable.  The judges are primarily concerned with whether or not your team has started to develop the technological aspects of your solution and if it reflects what your team described in the report.
  4. All team members must be featured in the video.
Final Round

The top submissions, as scored by the judges, will move on to the final round, to be held at the Student Chapters Leadership Conference.  In this round, the teams will be required to:

  1. Make a presentation (10 minutes max.) of their report to a panel of judges.
  2. Do a live demo of the “beta” version of your solution (15 minutes max).


Problem Significance –
• Does the team describe a societal problem that can be solved by IS?
• How well do they make the case for the need for a solution?
Solution Description –
• Does the team fully and clearly describe the proposed solution?
• Does the solution that they describe have the potential to solve the problem that they have presented?
Innovativeness of Solution –
• Is the solution innovative?
• How is it different than what has already been done?
Business Aspect of Solution –
• Does the team convey that there is a market demand for the application?
• Does the team have a solid plan for marketing the application?
• Is the application financially sustainable?
Alpha Prototype Demo –
• Does the team’s solution reflect what was in the report?
• Is it something that can be developed into a beta prototype before the finals?
• How is the quality of the demo/video?