MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT



Society is daily moving to a constant feed of communication, transfer of information, and the need to access or process information in a mobile environment. Mobile Applications are necessary to provide users with the ability to be productive while away from their full computers. Mobile Applications can be used as a lite version of something that would be done on a full computer, or they can provide a tool for something that users would only need to do on their phone.

This event consists of two (2) parts:  a prejudged mobile application and a performance component. Participant(s) are required to complete both parts to be eligible to win an award. The program must address the topic given. Performances should describe the program completed. Specifically, the performance should address the program creation, processes used, and results of the program.


COMPETENCIES


The topic for this program will be announced in the Chapter Management Handbook that comes from the national office.  In addition, it will be announced in the State Adviser Briefings. 

 

ELIGIBILITY


Entries may be created by an individual or a team of 2 or 3.  Participants must be members of an active local chapter and be on record in the FBLA-PBL national office as having paid dues by December 15 of the current school year.  In the event of a team, no more than one member may have entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th in this event at a previous State Leadership Conference.  Students competing in this event on the state level must be registered for the conference or the entry will not be judged.


Participants must have paid state and national dues postmarked by December 15 of the current school year.

District       Number of participants governed by local FBLA District policy.

State          Each district may be represented by participant(s) based on the Florida FBLA scaled quota system found in the Fact Finder.

National    See publication:  National Chapter Management Handbook—current edition. 



REGULATIONS



District    Each district determines its own procedures for event registration.

State        When it has been determined that a student will represent the district at state competition, the student's local adviser must send the appropriate entry form to the state adviser by first-class mail.  The entry form and the required receipt deadline are included in the SLC registration packet.

National    See publication:  National Chapter Management Handbook—current edition.

 

REGULATIONS


•    Participants in this event must be registered for the State Leadership Conference or their entry will not be entered into the first round of competition.  Finalists must complete both parts of the event to be eligible to win an award.


•    Presentations should be clearly labeled with the name of the event, the name of the student participants, and their school name, date, and state. 


•    The individual or team will research the topic, and then create a mobile application on the national topic.

•    The prejudged submission must include the source code and screen shots of the GUI in PDF format for review.

•    The solution must run standalone with no programming errors.

•    May use one of the following platforms to develop the mobile application: Google’s Android™, Apple iOS™ or Microsoft Windows Phone™.

•    The application may not be deployed as a web application delivered over HTTP.

•    The application may deploy from a smartphone, tablet, or both, but must be smartphone
deployable.

•    The application must be presented to the judges (projection equipment may be used).

•    The application need not be available for download from a digital-distribution multimedia content service such as Google Play™, Apple Store, or Microsoft.

•    The prejudged submission must include the source code and screen shots of the GUI in PDF
format for review.

 

PROCEDURE—ORAL PRESENTATION


•    Based on the results of the preliminary competition, the highest prejudged project scores, a maximum of five individuals or teams will be selected to make an oral presentation at the State Leadership Conference.  The individuals or teams selected will be notified prior to the State Leadership Conference…only these five will participate in the presentation.

•    A maximum of fifteen (15) finalists—or an equal number from each group—will advance to the final round. The prejudged program score will be used to break a tie.

•    Five (5) minutes will be allowed to set up and remove equipment or presentation items.

•    The following will be provided: Internet, screen, power, and table. Access may not be via WiFi, so participants should plan appropriately when selecting laptops/tablets on which to present.

• The individual will have seven (7) minutes to describe the program, address copyright laws, explain development software used, and explain features and functionality.

•  A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes and again at seven (7) minutes.  When each individual or team is finished, the timekeeper will record the time used noting a deduction of five (5) points for any presentation over seven (7) minutes.  . When the presentation is finished, the timekeeper will record the time used, noting a deduction of five (5) points for any time over seven (7) minutes.

• Following each presentation, judges will conduct a three (3) minute question-answer period.

• Visual aids and samples related to the project may be used (including a mobile device with the App loaded); however, no items may be left with the judges or audience. 

 

JUDGING


Programs will be judged by a panel of judges prior to the State Leadership Conference.  Presentations will be judged by a panel of judges during the State Leadership Conference.  All judges’ decisions are final.

 

AWARDS


District       The number of awards presented at the District Leadership Conference is determined by local FBLA District policy.

State          State awards for the top five places are presented at the State Leadership Conference.

National    The number of awards presented at the National Leadership Conference is determined by judges and/or number of entries.  The maximum number will be ten.