SciVerse WebApp Concept Design Competition (October 25, 2011)

[important]This competition is now closed.  Thanks to everyone for the great submissions and high turnout on Tuesday 10/25/2011.   (See SciVerse WebApp Concept Design Competition – Winners Announced for more information about the results from this competition.)[/important]



The Social Media Lab at the Dalhousie School of Information Management is pleased to announce the first ever SciVerse WebApp Concept Design Competition to find the next great web application for Elsevier’s new SciVerse search and

discovery platform.  Elsevier is offering $3,000 in prizes and challenging Dalhousie students to help more than 15 million researchers, medical professionals, librarians and students navigate scientific content, improve scientific search and discovery, visualize sophisticated data in more insightful and attractive ways and stimulate collaboration.

To participate in this competition, you have to:

  1. Come up with an original idea for a new web application for Elsevier’s new SciVerse search and discovery platform,
  2. Submit a short written description of your idea,
  3. Create a poster to showcase your idea and
  4. Present it at the SciVerse WebApp Concept Design Competition on October 25th, 2011. 

No programming skills are required for this competition, just your creativity!


All Dalhousie students are welcome to participate, in groups of 2 to 4 students.


Step 1: Register your team at

Step 2: Submit a short written description of your idea via the online SciVerse Application Concept Description Form by Oct. 18, 2011, 23:59

  • Click here to access the submission form

Step 3: Create and email a pdf version of your competition poster (36’’ x 24’’) to [email protected] by Oct. 18, 2011, 23:59 

  • Download Suggested Poster Template (Powerpoint, ~200Kb)
  • We will print your poster and have it ready for presentation at the Design Competition
  • The poster must include a rough “sketch” of the proposed app (What will it look like?)

Step 4:   Present your poster at the SciVerse Web App Concept Design Competition in the Dalhousie University Student Union, Room 224 on Oct. 25, 2011, 1-3pm

  • At least one team member must attend the Design Competition and represent your group
  • The winners of the competition will be announced on the website and will also be notified via email on Nov. 1, 2011.


  • Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd (Assistant Professor, School of Information Management; Director of the Dalhousie Social Media Lab)
  • Vishal Gupta (Director Developer Network, Elsevier, Inc.)
  • Philip Mai (Dalhousie Social Media Lab Research Manager)
  • Melissa Anez and Jennifer Yurchak (MLIS students, School of Information Management)


  • Judges
    • Ben Rubin, Product Manager, SciVerse Applications
    • Bertrum H. MacDonald, Phd, Professor, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University
    • Keith Lawson,  Phd, Assistant Professor, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University
    • Joyline Makani, MLIS, MBA, Management & Economics Librarian, Dalhousie University
    • James Boxall, Director, GIS Centre and Map Collection, Dalhousie University
    • Derek Reilly, PhD, Associate Professor and Member of the Digital Futures Initiative at OCAD University
    • Lou Duggan, MLIS, Cataloguing & Metadata Librarian, Saint Mary’s University
  • See Judging Criteria



For more information, contact Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd at [email protected]