Mobile Application Development Contest
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UNM & CNM's Mobile App Contest

UNM and CNM are currently planning for the 2017-2018 Mobile App Contest. Rules, prizes, judges and details are being work on and will be published in August 2017. Sketch your ideas. Build a team. Plan your sprints. Write your pitch.

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.

General Contest Overview

  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 TBA
Second-Place TBA
Third-Place TBA
Women in Technology** TBA
Honorable Mentions TBA

* 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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