UNM & CNM's Mobile App Contest

$$$ With Thousands of Dollars in Prizes $$$

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


A coding challenge for students currently enrolled at UNM, the Mobile Apps Contest is designed to encourage innovation in higher education through the creation of Mobile Applications, which function to positively impact the surrounding community.

General Contest Overview

  1. Sign Up to participate and receive updates.
  2. Develop your idea, form a team.
  3. Code, test, review, plan, repeat.
  4. Check In, periodic question/answer, virtual workshops/meet-ups.
  5. Submit Adobe XD plan for extra credit.
  6. Finalize documents for submission.
  7. Record a video of your demo.
  8. Submit final project.
  9. Finalists Meet with the IT team to refine your pitch, and review your video.
  10. Attend the Presentation Day and Awards Ceremony.

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

UNM faculty and staff will provide support to these coding efforts through virtual workshops and mentors. UNM and the City of Albuquerque 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, we 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 appcontest@unm.edu.

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