UC Merced's 5th Annual Mobile App Challenge
Develop innovative mobile applications for today’s most pressing societal needs.
Win cash prizes, network, and build your skillset, all while changing the world for the better.
This is our 4th annual Mobile app challenge. Learn about how this awesome tradition was founded.
We've compiled a lot of great resources to help you get started.
Compete with your fellow students for a shot at the grand prize and earn bragging rights.
Mobile App Challenge Announcement
We will be hosting an info session to show potential participants what's in store for this year's App Challenge.Read more February 1
The dates for this year's App Challenge are not yet finalized. Typically, info sessions cover topics such as UX design, public speaking and entrepreneurship.Read more
Poster Review Session
Teams will be showing their poster at the semi-finals, and it is important that posters are clear and informative. Here we will be able to provide feedback and suggestions on how to improve your team's poster.Read more April 20
All teams will present their project before an audience of judges and peers, followed by a one-on-one poster session in which teams will be able to discuss their project with the judges.Read more April 29
Teams that move on from the semifinals will be awarded their prizes. This event coincides with UC Merced's Innovate 2 Grow finals.May 13
Energy fuels our daily lives; energy runs our lights, cars, computers, phones, televisions, and so on. Everyone uses it, but do they understand their impact? Find a way to raise awareness about usage and promote energy conservation.
2015 Finalist: Switch
Your environment consists of the world around you. You explore it, breathe it, and see it but how can you affect it? Think of ways to encourage reduced pollution, increased greenery, and expanded environmental awareness.
2015 Finalist: Agora
We are learning every day, whether it is through school, work, daily activities, or an app on a mobile phone. Create something that inspires others to learn something new and encourages continued mental development.
2015 Finalist: Outpost
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver” – Mahatama Ghandi. Encourage someone to live a healthier lifestyle with an app that could encourage healthy eating, promote daily exercise, or help track weight.
2015 Finalist: Spinewatch
How can we get involved in our community? Develop an idea that promotes individuals to participate in their community through volunteering time, providing feedback in polls, or ensuring that their voice is heard at a greater scope.
2015 Finalist: Fun-D
2015 Grand Prize Winners
Team Switch took home the grand prize with concept of a "home operating system" -- a system to save energy by controlling applicances and electrical devices from a phone.
Best Pitch: Pill-ID
Best Poster Presentation: onCourse
Global Food Initiaitve prize: StockUp