The Office of the Chief Information Officer at The University of New Mexico announces the launch of its 8th annual Mobile App Contest, co-hosted with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) for students enrolled in the fall semester 2020. The registration deadline is Saturday, Oct. 31. 

UNM Office of the CIO reports
First NMHACK a success

The UNM Office of the CIO recently announced the success of its first NMHACK!, a collaboration with nonprofit New Mexico partners including Computer Science Alliance, SuperComputing Challenge and TrueKids1.

As part of NMHACK!, teams of hackers led by mentors from UNM Computer Science, UNM Valencia Game Animation and Northern New Mexico pre-engineering partnered with 48 New Mexico high school students who had little or no experience in computer science. The teams participated in a virtual hackathon hosted by UNM IT global partner, Major League Hacking, and learned great tech skills together as they tackled stimulating projects as part of Learn Day. 

Students were targeted from high schools in northern New Mexico, with special outreach to young women, to begin a new paradigm of recruitment and community connections through computer science. Hats off to all of participating mentors and high school students! 

Stay tuned for the next NMHACK event, Build Day, that will be designed and taught by university mentors. After Build Day, the Office of the CIO invites all to join in Share Day that will be posted soon on the NMHACK website.

The goal of NMHACK is to build a self-sustaining hacker community between UNM and New Mexico colleges, universities, and high school campuses. For more information, visit NMHACK.

The Mobile App Contest was created eight years ago as an effort to encourage students in higher education to innovate through the creation of mobile applications that can positively impact the surrounding community. In the contest, students have the opportunity to perfect coding skills with several opportunities along the way for mentoring sessions with experts and community coding ‘meet-ups.’

The contest also provides support to students who are motivated to commercialize any resulting market-worthy apps.

UNM and CNM encourage the use of open data sets to make the coding experience authentic and to produce the most widely-appealing apps. Available data sets include UNM events, class schedules, campus locations, Route 66 images, bike paths, local business lists and more.

General contest overview

  1. Sign Up to participate and receive updates.
  2. Develop your idea, form a team.
  3. Code, test, review, plan, repeat.
  4. Check In, periodic question/answer, virtual workshops/meet-ups.
  5. Submit Adobe XD plan for extra credit.
  6. Finalize documents for submission.
  7. Submit final project.
  8. Record a video of your demo.
  9. Finalists Meet with the IT team to refine your pitch, and review your video.
  10. Attend the Virtual Presentation Day and Awards Ceremony.

For additional information and video regarding contest details, visit 8th annual App Contest

After building their apps during the fall semester and winter break, up to 10 teams will be presenting their finished products during a virtual demonstration on the afternoon of Jan. 29, 2021. Winners will be announced during a virtual award ceremony immediately following the virtual demonstrations, at approximately 4 p.m.

The top-three finishers receive cash prizes including $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place and $1,000 for the third place team. Honorable mention awards vary.

In addition to UNM and CNM, the Mobile App Contest is also sponsored by Dell and Adobe. For more information and a schedule, visit the 2020 App Contest. Any information requests can be made to The deadline to enter is Oct. 31, 2020.

2020 App Contest