CIS Showcase Showdown

The Showcase Showdown is a demo day designed to inspire and celebrate the ideas and creations of Mount Royal's makers and builder from the Computer Information System Program.

Whether you are developing an app, a game, a robot, or perhaps something entirely new, the Showcase Showdown is a fun way to showoff your work to fellow students, Mount Royal faculty and the Calgary Tech community. Not only could you win some epic prizes for what you have developed, this event will also be an opportunity to build your profile and network among Calgary's Tech industry.


2019 Showcase Showdown

2019 Finalists

Phonetic Translator - Coulton Fraser

IoT Reeal-Time Hardware Control - Hamid Hemani

MRU Class Monitor - Terrence Plunkett

This or That - Brett Miller, David Contreras, Raj Dutta

Coin-Remmit - Giohanny Moros, Mike Walker, Erl John

Mentor-ship Community - Brandon Chan, Leris Arandia, Jamie Wong, Peter Morrison

STEMgem - Roli Edema-Omatseye


Prizes awarded:

Most Promising Idea - $1,500

Most Exciting Build - $1,500

People's Choice - $500

Judge's Choice - $500





Stories of Success

After learning that a robot was up for grabs, Computer Information System students Carille Mendoza and Michaela Day put their heads together to determine what idea they could come up with that would put their name on the grand prize during the 2014 Showcase Showdown. Little did Carille and Michaela know that the idea they would come up with during their bus ride home would not only land them that robot, but would take them on a whirlwind adventure over the next two years. The duo

went on to validate their idea inside Mount Royal University's LaunchPad Accelerator course, a self-directed opportunity for students to r

oll up their sleeves and apply the Lean Startup method to their venture inside a non-traditional classroom. Carille and Michaela then faced one of their greatest fears, public speaking, while they pitched their venture, Little Blue Cloud, in front a panel of experienced judges and a supportive audience. Needless to say, they blew the audience away. Their hard work, vision, genuine personalities, and of course, their tech background, landed them $7,500 in cash and services to continue to build their web-based venture. Both Carille and Michaela have landed sweet developer roles with ATB Financial and Carille gets to work on Little Blue Cloud as part of an Innovation Project within her role.



On November 9 2015, five Computer Information Systems Students presented their ventures during the second annual Showcase Showdown to a panel of judges and an excited 30 person audience for a chance to win a raspberry-pi. Jacob Wessa took First Place for his game, Steelbacks. The judges were impressed by Jacob’s vision for a multi-player game, where each person on the team played a different role inside of a military tank. During the Showcase Showdown, Jacob guided the judges and the audience through each players role and his exciting vision for future possibilities.