The Office of the Chief Information Officer at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is sponsoring our third-annual mobile app contest to provide students from UNM and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) a real-life opportunity to develop and apply coding skills that can provide useful apps for the community while potentially using UNM and the City of Albuquerque's open data repositories. The contest will also provide motivated students support to commercialize any market worthy apps that result.
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.