With the evolution of technology comes opportunity. With opportunity comes the chance to create, and in the case of technology, who knows where that opportunity could lead? The University of New Mexico, along with partner Central New Mexico Community College, have teamed up to present the fourth annual Mobile App Contest sponsored by UNM’s Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Applications are currently being accepted for the contest that is designed to engage and inspire, and to provide students from both schools the opportunity to utilize their creative coding skills to produce an app that provides a notable service to the community and students, while providing a medium for motivated students to potentially commercialize any apps that are market worthy.

UNM and CNM faculty and staff will provide support to these coding efforts through workshops, assignment of mentors to applicants, and making development environments available in student labs. Interested participants also have the option of utilizing UNM’s and the City of Albuquerque’s Open Data repositories to make useful, mobile applications that also benefit the community.

The contest works like this:

  • Register to participate and receive updates.
  • Develop your idea, form a team, plan coding time, enlist testers, consult mentors.
  • Prepare for submission: Introduction document, source code, compiled binary or hosted web site, demo day presentation slides, optional: video or other documentation.
  • Submit final project by sharing a cloud based folder with the app contest email address (so we can download your project and install it on test devices).
  • Demo your app, give your pitch.
  • Judges review.
  • Attend the awards ceremony.

Students from both schools are invited to participate in the contest that includes a first place prize of $5,000 for first place; $2,500 for second place; $1,000 for third place. An additional $1,000 will be given to the top all-female team to promote Women in Technology. A variety of prizes will also be given away for Honorable Mention.

Applications are currently being accepted. The deadline for students to register and apply is Monday, Oct. 31. This is only the deadline to register, and not the final deadline for app completion. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled at UNM or CNM or have been enrolled and successfully completed their coursework between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016.

Solo coders and teams are also invited to participate. The final deadline for those particular entries is Jan. 6, 2017. Demo Day is scheduled on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. Participation in Demo Day is required for all applicants. The Awards Ceremony will be held Friday, Jan. 27 in the UNM Student Union Building.

For more information or to register for the CNM/UNM competition, visit App Contest.