App Development Competition


The DLF App Development Competition provides a chance to win equipment and cash awards up to $7,500.00 USD by developing EMG-centric applications for mobile devices with real-world viability.



Proposals for the development of a mobile application can be submitted by a student, employee, or faculty member affiliated with an academic institution. In case of a collaborative effort, one person must be identified as the “Team Leader.”

Development of the proposed mobile application can be completed by the applicant or a team of students/employees/faculty working under the supervision of the Team Leader.

The competition is open to academic institutions worldwide. Excluded from participation are employees, consultants, and members of the DLF, and their immediate relatives.

Procedure & Award

Phase #1

A proposal for the development of a mobile applications for real-time recording, monitoring and/or analytics of EMG and IMU movement signals is submitted. Hardware and API to be used for development are provided by DLF. Mobile application ideas should be tailored to meet practical needs in one the following areas:

  • Basic Research
  • Education
  • Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
  • Sports and Training
  • Ergonomics

Review Phase #1: Proposals are reviewed by an external committee and the best (up to five (5)) proposals will be selected to receive equipment for further development.

Phase #1 Award: Applicants of the selected proposals will receive a 2-sensor Trigno™ Avanti Mobile System, to be used for development of the proposed application, inclusive of:

  • 2x Delsys Trigno Avanti Sensor
  • 1x Delsys Trigno mini charging cradle

The systems are kindly made available by Delsys, Inc. (Natick, MA). About Delsys, Inc.: Primarily focusing on surface and decomposition electromyography, Delsys has established itself as an inventive leader in EMG and other biosensor solutions. Today, Delsys continues to lead the innovation path by developing tools for neuromuscular research, rehabilitation and injury clinics, human performance enhancement, and biofeedback applications.

Phase #2

Using this equipment, the receiving parties implement the development of the mobile application as described in their proposal.

Review Phase #2: Development will be tested by DLF for the intended application. Successfully developed apps that meet all specs and requirements detailed in the proposal will receive a participation cash award. In addition, one winner will be identified based on impact, performance, and usability to receive an additional recognition cash award.

Participation Cash Awards: Upon completion of application development that is determined by DLF to fulfill all the goals outlined in the proposal, the applicant will receive a participation cash award of $2,500.00 USD and a participation certificate.

Phase #2 Award: The applicant identified as the winner will receive an additional recognition cash award of $5,000.00 USD.

Review and Selection of Proposals

Proposals will be reviewed and selected by the DLF Scientific Advisory Board and/or external reviewers nominated by the DLF. The Board consists of experts in the fields of Electromyography, Motor Control, and human movement sciences from scientific, engineering, and medical disciplines.


Dr. Bart Jansen

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Dr. Janie Wilson

McMaster University


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