Shape the future of humanity by creating apps to increase happiness, productivity and well being!

Do you have an idea about an app that can qualify for the challenge?

Share them here - http://www.happinessapps.com/ideas

The Happiness Apps Challenge is an international App building challenge that is aimed to inspire minds in tech and design to create products that will increase world’s happiness quotient!

 The competition offers an opportunity to win $50,000 in prizes to developers, designers, and entrepreneurs.

 The challenge will be launched in Chicago on Oct 24, 2014 and deadline for submission is 4 January 2014.

The Apps for Happiness Challenge is sponsored by The Art Of Living Foundation.

The Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) is a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization founded in 1981 by the world-renown philanthropist and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

 The AOLF is present in 152 countries, reaching an estimated 300 million people worldwide with a vision to create a stress free and violence free society.

 

View full rules

Eligibility

Contestants must submit a new product designed specifically for the Competition or an existing product that includes functionality that is significantly different from previous versions.

 All submitted products must be solely owned by contestant such that no other party has any rights or interest, whether known or unknown; and not violate the intellectual property, common law, or privacy rights of other parties. A Contestant may contract with a third party to assist with the creation of their App, provided the Contestant is the sole and unequivocal owner of all intellectual property and licenses in the App.

 Not be indecent, defamatory, in obvious bad taste, demonstrate a lack of respect for public morals or conduct, or adversely affect the reputation of the Sponsors; be illegal under applicable laws; depict hatred, defame, threaten a specific community in the society or incite violence; contain vulgar language or violence; or contain pornography or racy activity.

Failure to comply with any of these may result in disqualification from the Competition at the Sponsors’ sole discretion.

 

Requirements

The challenge is open to individuals as well as business entities. The final product should be one of the following.

  • iOS Mobile Apps
  • Android Mobile Apps
  • Web Apps
  • Social Apps

The products must be around any one or combination of following themes:

  • Spreading and Increasing Happiness
  • Increasing work productivity through happiness
  • Reducing stress & depression

 

How to enter

This is an online challenge.

Click “Register” to access the submission form and start drafting your submission.

If your idea could use some teamwork, check out the Registration tab or post your thoughts in the Discussions area.

Keep an eye on the Updates tab for important announcements.

Create a working mobile or web app that meets the requirements above.

Take some screenshots of your app, or create a presentation or video that explains your solution.

Provide a way for us to access your app for testing.

Submit your app before the deadline - check the Dates page for more information.

If you enter a submission as a team, every member of the team must register. One person will create the submission by filling out the online submission form. The submission creator can enter the ChallengePost usernames (or email addresses used to sign up on ChallengePost) of the teammates into the "Team Member" section of the submission form. Once this has been done, the team members will be added to the submission.

Judges

His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Humanitarian and Spiritual leader, founder of the Art of Living Foundation

Jalak Jobanputra

Jalak Jobanputra
Managing Partner at FuturePerfect Ventures

Emma Seppala

Emma Seppala
Ph.D. Associate Director, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University

Prita Uppal

Prita Uppal
CEO & Founder of Hooked Media

Asher Delug

Asher Delug
Airpush Founder & IAB Board Member

Mark Peter Davis

Mark Peter Davis
Venture Capitalist + Incubator, Author

Stephen Schueller

Stephen Schueller
Research Assistant Professor in Preventive Medicine-Behavioral Medicine, Northwestern University

 Matt Killingsworth

Matt Killingsworth
Ph.D. Happiness Researcher, Center for Health and Community at UCSF

Danny Schultz

Danny Schultz
Co Founder, Managing Director - Gotham Ventures

Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman
Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania

Gus Tai

Gus Tai
General Partner at Trinity Ventures

Shradha Sharma

Shradha Sharma
CEO - YourStory.in

Fred Muench

Fred Muench
Ph.D. Director of Digital Health Interventions, North Shore Health System, Department of Psychiatry

Matt Killingsworth

Matt Killingsworth
Ph.D. Happiness Researcher, Center for Health and Community at UCSF

Myron Scholes

Myron Scholes
Professor of Finance, Emeritus, at Stanford, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences

Stephen Porges

Stephen Porges
Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina

Judging Criteria

  • Originality and Innovation
    Is it an amazing new product?
  • Potential Positive Impact
    The scale of the potential positive impact on lives of people. How well the app represents our vision of pushing world’s happiness quotient higher
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the app technically interesting or difficult? were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • User Interface and design
    Does the app have a user interface that is gorgeous, easy to use, and fast?