The Mobile App Challenge is a semester-long competition for UC Merced students.

Start locally. Scale globally.

Identify a problem. Develop a solution.
Form a multidisciplinary team and utilize strong skillsets to excel (no coding experience necessary).
Deliver your idea in an accessible, intuitive, and portable approach.

Make an app. Make an impact.

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Current Event: Workshop 5: Presentation Skills

MAC Launch Party

Come join us to hear about the new changes coming to MAC 2017. Socialize with fellow MAC students and network with our tech partners over food, music, and prizes. Highly recommended if you're interested in: tech for social good, tech mentorship, future internships with regional tech companies and having fun. Bring your app ideas and change your future!

October 6th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm in KL 355

Q&A Info Session

Are you interested in the Mobile App Challenge? Need help finding a team? Join us for free food and more information.

November 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm in COB2 140

Idea Check 1

December 7th

Registration Closes

Idea Check 2

January 31

Workshop 1:  Idea Development

Have and idea, but need help making it better? Come to this workshop for assistance with fine tuning your idea.

January 31, 6:00pm - 7:00pm in COB2 140

Workshop 2:   UI/UX

User Interface and User eXperience is a crucial component in app development. Learn to make your app intuitive and seamless for all to use.

February 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm in COB2 140

Idea Check 3

Feburary 16

Workshop 3A:  Android Development

Learn the foundations of mobile app development for android by building a basic app!

February 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm in COB2 140

Workshop 3B:   iOS Development

Learn the foundations of mobile app development for IOS by building a basic app!

March 2, 6:00pm - 7:00pm in COB2 140

Workshop 4:  Intellectual Property (IP)

Are you ready to take your app to the market? Learn about the imporance of protecting your rights as a developer.

March 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm in COB2 140

Market Study and Business Plan Due

Now that you application is complete, validate the usefulness of your app idea by testing it with the community. Create a marketing strategy to make your app a product.

April 1st

Workshop 5:   Presentation Skills

Presention is a critical step in selling your app. We will provide tips on how to be successful.

April 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm in COB2 140

Poster Final Due

Teams' posters are due Friday, April 14th so they can be printed before Semi-Finals. Posters are 30"x40", portrait orientation.


Late posters will not be accepted.

April 14, 5:00pm

Practice Presentations

We will be hosting a mock presentation for teams to practice their presentation.

April 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm in COB2 140

Semi-Finals

April 29, 8:30am - 4:30pm in COB2 130

Grand Finals and I2G

May 12th

Semi-Final Award Categories

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Best Design, UI/UX:

Aesthetically pleasing and intuitive in use

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Most Technically Impressive:

Innovative and/or algorithmically impressive. Difficulty includes implementation, number of features, etc.

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Most Likely to Become a Product:

Actual product produced by end of the competition; market studies have been done to show this is something people want

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Best Pitch:

(on stage) Engaging and interesting; can answer questions effortlessly and display thorough knowledge of app; explanations are effective and concise

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Best on Stage Presentation:

(poster session) Engaging and interesting; can answer questions effortlessly and display thorough knowledge of app; able to effectively sell app idea within time constraints

PRIZES: $$$

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