Students Invited to Participate in CNM/UNM Mobile App Contest

October 7, 2015 -- CNM student teams have until Oct. 31 to sign up for the UNM/CNM annual mobile app contest, with the opportunity to win up to a $5,000 first prize.
October 07, 2015

CNM and UNM students are getting a real-world opportunity to develop and apply coding skills toward the creation of useful apps for the community. They’ll be able to tap into UNM and the City of Albuquerque’s open data repositories. The contest will also provide motivated students with support to commercialize worthy apps.

“This is the third year of the contest but the first year CNM students can participate,” said John Mierzwa, head of CNM’s Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp at the STEMulus Center. “It will be a lot of fun with the potential for students to win big prizes.”

He expects that graduates of the 2015 and 2016 Deep Dive Coding Bootcamps will participate, as well as students from other information technology fields at CNM.

The Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp is a 10-week (40 hours per week) web development bootcamp taught at the CNM STEMulus Center in downtown Albuquerque. Students learn the fundamentals of modern web development and coding to build great websites, software and apps.

App links must work on a mobile device and tap into open data sets. Through this effort, UNM and CNM hope to inspire students to develop coding skills, which are increasingly valuable in the information economy, and to produce apps that can improve the experience of students.

Students, working in teams, will have from Oct. 31 to March 25 to develop their apps, which hopefully will link to valuable resources in the community. There will be a demo day on April 1 and an awards ceremony April 22.

The first place award will be $5,000; second place is $2,500; and third place is $1,000. In an effort to encourage diversity in the information technology world, a team of women producing the best app will win a Women in Technology award of $2,500, which could be in addition to other prizes.

Teams can range in size from one person to several, and could also include both UNM and CNM students.

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 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.

For more information about the contest click here.