Here you can find information pertaining to office hours, tricks and tips, and additional resources helping students succeed in the Mobile App Challenge:



Friday May 11th, 11:00 am - 3:15 pm

(4) Joseph E. Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center (GYM) [11:00am-12:50pm, Poster Session]

(6) COB 116 [12:55pm-2:30pm, Presentations]

(5) COB 102 [2:30pm-3:15pm, Awards Ceremony]

(7) SE 2 Breezeway [3:15pm, Reception]

UC Merced, 5200 N Lake Rd, Merced, CA


Final Itinerary

11:00 -  12:50 Poster Session [Gym, (4 on map)]
12:55 - 1:00 Introductory Remarks [COB 1 116 (right 6 on map)
1:00 - 2:12 Pitches [8 teams * (7 minute pitch + 2 minute Q&A)]
2:12 - 2:20 Judge Deliberations
2:30 - 3:15 Final Award Ceremony [COB 1 102 (right 5 on map)]
3:15 Reception [SE 2 Breezeway (7 on map)]



















Saturday April 28th, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

SSB 160, SSB 170, UC Merced, 5200 N Lake Rd, Merced, CA

The first competition of the Mobile App Challenge, where all 16 teams come together to give pitches, present their apps, get feedback from judges, and eight teams are selected to move on to compete for up to $4,000 at Innovate 2 Grow. See the following table for a schedule of events, and scroll down to see prize categories for this year's semi-finals.


Semi-finals Itinerary

9:30 - 10:00        Morning Snacks, Meet-and-Greet
10:00 - 10:10 Welcoming
10:10 - 10:20 Judge Introductions
10:20 - 12:20


(5 minute Pitch + 2 minute Q&A) * 16 teams

12:20 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:20 Poster Session
1:20 - 1:30 Judge Deliberations
1:30 - 2:00 Awards Ceremony, Wrap Up
2:00 - 2:30 Team Pictures















Best Design, UI/UX Most Technically Impressive Best Pitch Best Presentation Most Market-Ready

Aesthetically pleasing and intuitive in use, research done to ensure user experience is polished.

Innovative and/or algorithmically impressive. Difficulty includes implementation, number of features, etc.

(on stage) Engaging and interesting; can answer questions effortlessly and display thorough knowledge of app; explanations are effective and concise

(poster session) Engaging and interesting; can answer questions effortlessly and display thorough knowledge of app; able to effectively sell app idea within time constraints

Actual product produced by end of the competition; market studies have been done to show this is something people want


Office Hours:

A chance to get tips on idea impact, product marketability:fgfdf

A chance to discuss coding strategies, tools, etc.:

  • CSE (Angelo): Fridays 1-5 @ COB 370
  • CSE (Daniel): Fridays 9-11am @ AOA 126

Do not expect professors to fix bugs or broken code, they are there for advising, not debugging.


Rules and Expectations:

  • Teams

    • 2-5 undergraduates per team (only undergraduates may compete)
    • All majors welcome, but it is recommended to have at least one CSE major
    • Can compete with the same team/idea as your CSE 120 class
  • Apps

    • Idea must align with CITRIS' initiatives and social impact (check with CITRIS if unsure [])
    • No industry-defined projects
    • A working/demonstratable app is expected
  • Assignments

    • At least one member per team must attend CITRIS' FIT speakers series
    • Teams must submit all documents to a GitHub project
    • CITRIS and CSE 120 office hours available and recommended