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 5th 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 Kickoff Session
We will be hosting an info session to show potential participants what's in store for this year's Mobile App Challenge.January 21, 6:00pm in SSB 160
Get together with other students interested in the Mobile App Challenge to discuss ideas and talk about what others will be working on.January 28, 6:00pm in SSB 160
Question and Answer Session
We will be answering any questions students have and discussing what participants should expect from this year's Mobile App Challenge.February 4, 6:00pm in SSB 160
Team applications are due on the 8th of February. Once you have a team in mind, click here to apply. Only one team member needs to apply.February 8
Workshop 1: Introduction to App Development
We will be having six informative workshops this year, the first of which will be an introduction to Mobile App Development.February 18, 6:00-9:00pm in SSB 160
Workshop 2: Point to Market
The details of our second workshop have not yet been finalized.March 2nd, 6:00pm in SSB 120
Speaker: James Kuffner from Toyota Research Insitute
James Kuffner, a research scientist in robotics and cloud computing at the newly formed Toyota Research Institute, will be presenting a talk.Read more March 4, 12:00-1:00pm in SSB 120
Speaker: Dale Dougherty - Founder & Executive Chairman of Maker Magazine Inc.
Dale Dougherty is the Founder and Executive Chariman of Make MagazineMarch 11, 12:00-1:00pm in SSB 120
Workshop 3: Business Plan
The details of our third workshop have not yet been finalized.March 16th, 6:00pm in SSB 120
Workshop 4: Intellectual Property
The details of our fourth workshop have not yet been finalized.March 30th, 6:00-7:00pm in SSB 120
Speaker: Paul Scerri, Founder of Platypus LLC.
Paul Scerri is a researcher at CMU and the founder of Platypus LLC, a group working to bring down the environmental impact of water data collection through low-cost robotic sensing.April 1, 12:00-1:00pm in SSB 120
Workshop 5: Pitch Presentation
The details of our fifth workshop have not yet been finalized.April 13th, 6:00-7:00pm in SSB 120
Poster Draft Due
Teams will be showing their poster at the semi-finals, and it is important that posters are clear and informative. Teams need to submit a draft of their poster by Friday, April 15th.April 15
We will be holding mock presentations to provide feedback and suggestions from mentors and peers.April 21, 6-7:00pm in SSB 160
Final Poster Due
Teams' posters are due Friday, April 22nd so they can be printed before Semi-FinalsApril 22
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.April 30, 1-3:00pm in SSB 160
Workshop 6: Pitch Improvement
The details of our sixth workshop have not yet been finalized.May 4th, 6:00-7:00pm in SSB 120
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