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.


Mission

The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) creates information technology solutions for many of our most pressing social, environmental, and health care problems. To promote innovation, community service, and career development among University of California students, CITRIS hosts a semester-long competition for the best mobile apps that address identified societal needs.

This challenge encourages teams of students from UC Berkeley, UC Davis & UC Merced to develop innovative mobile applications for today’s most pressing societal needs. Through a rigorous 3-month process, students design, prototype and pitch their ideas. The challenge culminates in a selection process with prizes, along with a poster day to showcase the students' projects.

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Winners of the MAC 2016

Finals

Winning Team: Team Dryve

MAC Winners

Runner Up: Team UpNote

Semi-Finals

Most Environmentally Aware

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.

2016 Finalist: DRYVE

Best Design/UI

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.

2016 Finalist: UpNote

Best Pitch/Demo/Poster

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.

2016 Finalist: Craze

Most Safety Oriented

“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. 

2016 Finalist: Vitals

Most Market Ready

Many mobile apps have gone viral and have made profit due to their popularity and potential to scale. Develop an app that is market ready.

2016 Finalist: ConnCat