Apps For Societal Change

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.

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History

This is our 4th annual Mobile app challenge. Learn about how this awesome tradition was founded.

Get Started

We've compiled a lot of great resources to help you get started.

App Showcase

Compete with your fellow students for a shot at the grand prize and earn bragging rights.


 

Important Dates

These dates are tentative and subject to change. You can get notified of changes by checking back here or by following us on Facebook.

 
6.2.2015
Mobile App Challenge Announcement
Applications for MAC 2015 are now open! Go to mobileappchallenge.ucmerced.edu/user/create_team to create a team.
18.2.2015
Kick-Off Meeting
Learn More about the CITRIS Mobile App Challenge! February 17, 11-12am in KL 217.
4.3.2015
Workshop 1: Finding Your Niche
The hardest part of the Mobile App Challenge is coming up with the right idea. In this workshop we'll delve into how teams can best target the audience of their app.
17.3.2015
Application Deadline
Teams must have their applications submitted by March 9th. Go to mobileappchallenge.ucmerced.edu/user/create_team to create a team.
18.3.2015
Workshop 2: Building a user's experience
With guest speakers Tyler Shaddix and Matt Tymn, we will cover the basics of user experience and creating an app.
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1.4.2015
Workshop 3: Connectivity and Scalability
Stefano Foresti will speak on what to be aware of when it comes to Intellectual Property and Peter Schuerman will give an overview of Business Models.
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15.4.2015
Workshop 4: The Art of Presenting
Making an app is only part of the challenge; learning to present your app in a clear and straightforward manner is what matters when it comes time to judge. This workshop will go over public speaking, creating a poster, and how to take questions.
22.4.2015
Poster Review Session
All teams need to attend the poster review session to ensure your app's poster is looking good.
2.5.2015
Semi-Finals
The Mobile App Challenge Semi-Finals is a judging to determine which apps go forward to the Finals.
7.5.2015
Pitch Practice
Delivering a clear and interesting pitch for your app is a major part of presenting. This event will give teams guidance on how to deliver a pitch.
15.5.2015
Finals
The Mobile App Challenge Finals will take place May 15th!

Workshops

These dates are tentative and subject to change. You can get notified of changes by checking back here or by following us on Facebook.
Event Date Time Location
Workshop 1: Finding Your Niche March 4th 11:00-12:00 COB 267
Workshop 2: Building a User's Experience March 18th 11:00-12:00

COB 267

Workshop 3: Intellectual Property & Business Model (Click here to RSVP) April 1st 11:00-12:00

COB 267

Workshop 4: The Art of Presenting April 15th 11:00-12:00

COB 267


Categories

Energy

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.

Environment

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.

Education

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.

Health

“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. 

Civic Engagement

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.

 

Prizes

We've got some great prizes lined up for all the participants of the UC Merced Mobile App challenge including a $5000 Grand Prize, Gift Cards, Tablets, and Internship Opportunities

2014 Grand Prize Winners

iPhone

Music Notes took home the Grand Prize for 2014 with their mobile music editor.

2014 Finalists

Crowd Favorite: Music Notes.
Most Creative Idea: Destructo
Most Innovative Technology: Team Silver Ribbons 
Most Civically Minded (Health Care/Data and Democracy): Zoo Team.
Most Sustainably Minded (Intelligent Infrastructure/ i4Energy): Shower<Less