I have a client that wants me to post a competition for a large group of student freelancers to build an iOS app for an alumni group. The problem is that I have looked at the basic spec and it really doesn't fit an app. It fits a good mobile website. His prize is also a trip to the iOS developer conference and a 3-year personal iOS developer license.
My question is in three parts:
If there is no actual device hardware interaction, wouldn't a mobile-optimized website inside an appframe be the best option, not a dedicated app?
How do I politely convince a non-technical client that he is requesting something that is somewhat bad practice?
I don't think the prize is really going to convince many college students to put serious effort into this. How should I get this across to the client?