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UNM & CNM's Mobile App Contest

Please join us for the UNM/CNM App Contest Awards Ceremony on January 27th, starting at 11AM in the UNM SUB Atrium (north end of the SUB on the first floor). There will be refreshments and a presentation of awards to the top 3 apps as well as the Women in Technology prize.

The Office of the Chief Information Officer at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is sponsoring its fourth-annual Mobile App Contest, providing an opportunity for students from UNM and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) to develop and apply coding skills to make useful mobile applications for the community.

The contest will also provide motivated students support to commercialize any market worthy apps that result.


  1. Sign Up to participate and receive updates and access to the Confirmation Registration.
  2. Develop your idea, form a team, plan coding time, enlist testers, consult mentors.
  3. Complete your Confirmation Registration to officially enter the contest and tell us about your team and app.
  4. Code, test, review, plan, repeat.
  5. Prepare for submission: Introduction document, source code, compiled binary or hosted web site, demo day presentation slides.
  6. Submit final project by sharing a cloud based folder.
  7. Demo your app; give your pitch.
  8. Breath and reflect on where to take your app next.
  9. Attend the awards ceremony and celebrate, network and get inspired for the next sprint!

Go to the Calendar for specific dates, Rules for eligibility and requirements, and Resources for specific guidelines.


Place Prize*
First-Place $5,000
Second-Place $2,500
Third-Place $1,000
Women in Technology** $1,000
Honorable Mentions Assorted Prizes

* Prizes awarded to a teams will be divided evenly amongst those teammates.

** This prize is available to an individual, or divided evenly amongst an all-women team. It is possible to win this prize in conjunction with another.

UNM and CNM faculty and staff will provide support to these coding efforts through workshops, assignment of mentors to applicants, and making development environments available in student labs. UNM and the City have invested in open data sets which are available to enrich the coding experience and make the apps more useful to users. Data sets available include UNM events, class schedule data, campus locations, Route 66 images, bike paths, list of local businesses, and more. 

Through this effort, UNM and CNM hope to inspire students to develop coding skills which are increasingly valuable in our information economy, and to yield apps that can improve the experience of our students.

Any information requests can be made to

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