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UNM's Mobile Application Development Contest

Contest concluded for 2013-2014; stay tuned for 2014-2015!

Seventeen students worked hard to develop mobile applications with the help of UNM last Fall, and some of them have thousands of dollars to show for it today. UNM's Mobile Application Development Contest, sponsored by UNM Information Technologies (IT), Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, is a contest to create a mobile application using data from UNM's new Open Data Event Repository. Apps were developed for Windows Mobile, iOS, Android, or HTML5 mobile web. Programming assistance for the participants was provided by both the IT department and Computer Science staff at UNM, and the software is now licensed to the University for use by IT and campus-wide. The winners, Jerrick Morsey and TJ Seaman, who developed a Windows Mobile application, were awarded $5,000. Other participants won cash and technology prizes (see list below).

List of winners:

First place: Jerrick Morsey and TJ Seaman - $5,000 prize
Second place: Benjamin Lande - $2,500 prize
Third place: Eric Hahn - $1,000 prize
Fourth place: N'Djamena Marmon - Apple iPad air
Fifth place: Tenzin Lekden Lungtok - Samsung Galaxy Tab

Other participants in the contest, who were awarded a Google Chomecast streaming media device: John Ericksen, John Barr, Torran Kahleck, Andrew Yoder, Marin Decaudaveine, Joel Mora, Averi Nicole Easley, Nicholas Antonio, Malika Ladha, Andrew Golden, and Joanna Gardner.

Pictured (left to right): UNM Communication Instructor and Ph.D. Student Nick Noblet, first place winners TJ Seaman and Jerrick Morsey, Deputy CIO Moira Gerety.


AWARDING + EVENT coming soon!

UNM's First Mobile Application Development Contest will be hosting an awarding + event on January 30, 2014 in the Student Union Building (SUB). The time is scheduled 11am-1pm in the Atrium, with the awarding ceremony immediately following in Luminaria. We hope to see you there!

Submission for the contest is currently closed. As always, please feel free to contact with any questions or concerns prior to the event!


SECOND Coding session for participants!

UNM IT is hosting the SECOND developer coding session, where you can get guidance and speak with any fellow coders present. We will provide some IT staff to help you along the way, and both Android and Windows development environments will be available. We will also have desk space for laptops and plug-ins, and staff will be there to answer any questions you might have about the contest details. See below:

WHAT: UNM Coding session for Mobile App. Development Contest
WHERE: Student Computing Lab in the IT building (across from UNM Student Housing on Campus Blvd.); parking available in the front of the building
WHEN: 2pm-4pm, 11/15/2013


WHO: UNM Students, Faculty, and Staff! The contest is open to ALL UNM students, faculty, and staff, although students are the only ones ELIGIBLE to be awarded the prizes. Teams are encouraged!

WHAT: The Mobile Application Development Contest for Fall 2013 is a challenge: to create a mobile application that uses EVENT data from UNM's new Open Data Repository, located at The app can be coded in a Windows Mobile, iOS, Android, or HTML 5 (mobile web) platform, and can use any graphical interface desired. Be creative!

WHEN: The contest will be open for submission until December 15, 2013. Judging and awards will occur at the beginning of the Spring semester. Coding / help sessions will occur on 10/15 and 11/15, with time/location information TBA.

WHERE: Mobile apps can be coded anywhere, from your own home, UNM's campus, Quelab, anywhere!

WHY: First place takes home $5000! There will also be awards for second and third place, and honorable mention (all CASH prizes!)

HOW to sign-up?: More information will be uploaded to this site and presented at the first coding session, but until then, email to sign-up and get more information!

Thanks for visiting, and good luck!