Students will self-organize into teams to identify a social problem that can be addressed by creating a new mobile technology. Students can apply to participate in the CITRIS Mobile App Challenge from December 17, 2015 to January 29, 2016 at 11:59 pm PST.
Over the course of the Winter and Spring 2016 quarters, students will develop the apps while receiving mentorship & guidance from CITRIS faculty & staff, entrepreneurs, developers, non-profit leaders and prospective clients.
The challenge will culminate with a public Demo Day at the end of the spring quarter where teams will give short presentations and prizes will be awarded in various categories. Teams may win up to $2,500 in scholarship funds and preferred consideration for application to startup incubator programs.
Slide overview of CITRIS Mobile App Challenge: http://davis.mobileappchallenge.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Info-Session-2016_Davis_v1.pdf
Feb. 12: “Defining the Problem” presentation by the Big Bang Business Program
Feb. 19: “Pitching like a Pro” presentation by the Big Bang Business Program
Feb. 26: “IBM Bluemix” presentation from Nanci Knight, IBM
March 4: User interface and user experience training
March 11: Front-end & back-end development
March 18: Front-end & back-end development
April 1: “Perfect your elevator pitch” presentation by Big Bang Business Program
April 8: Prototype testing/refinement
April 22 “Pitch refinement & presentation practice” presentation by Big Bang Business Program
April 29: Last-minute app refinement and pitch practice
May 6: Public Pitch & Demo Day! 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Bruce and Marie West Lobby, Kemper Hall
Weekly workshops will serve as check-ins for the teams. During these workshops, mentors will work with teams to track the development of their progress and industry or academic experts will present seminars.
Teams will have the opportunity to network with UCD faculty & staff, entrepreneurs, developers, non-profit leaders and most importantly, themselves. We hope to build a community of future leaders who share the same passion for societal impact.
The CITRIS Mobile App Challenge aims to be an experiential learning process for students. Students will learn and develop skills in app design & development, project management, teamwork, marketing and communication.
The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) creates information technology solutions for many of our most pressing social, environmental, and health care problems. To promote innovation, community service, and career development among UC Davis students, CITRIS, the Big Bang! Business Competition, and the UC Davis Engineering Student Startup Center are sponsoring a two quarter-long competition for the best mobile apps that address identified needs in Connected Communities & Civic Tech; Sustainability & the Environment; Robotics; or Health & Wellness.
This challenge encourages teams of UC Davis students to develop innovative mobile applications for today’s most pressing societal needs. Through a rigorous 5-month process, students will design, prototype and pitch their ideas. The challenge will culminate in a selection process with prizes, along with a Demo Day to showcase the student’s projects.
The Big Bang! Business Plan Competition offers mentorship, team building, education, financing and networking for aspiring entrepreneurs. Big Bang! begins in October and lasts until the following May.
By participating in the Big Bang!, you will learn how to:
The Engineering Student Startup Center (ESSC), located in 2060 Academic Surge, is a dedicated on-campus space where entrepreneurial students can gather to unleash their creative potential by facilitating ideation, prototyping their ideas and, ultimately, collaborating on technology start-ups.
The ESSC offers a wide variety of resources, including:
On Friday, May 6th, 6 teams pitched their apps during a public Demo Day event to a panel of judges from industrial and community organizations. The event culminated in a celebration of the students’ learning process and presentation of awards to the following teams:
Congratulations to all of the 2016 Mobile App Challenge participants! We’d also like to thank each of our judges for their time and feedback for the students:
First Place: SafeTravel (Connected Communities & Civic Tech category)
SafeTravel won the $2500 First Place Prize for their app that supports solo female travelers with access to trustworthy travel companions, a platform to exchange ‘street smarts’ among the community, and quick access to local emergency information.
SafeTravel Team: Connie Xu, Michelle Lee, Emily Alameida
Second Place: Eventr (Connected Communities category)
Eventr won the $2000 Second Place Prize with a platform that connects busy college students with career opportunities by promoting simplicity and ease-of-use with simple scheduling solutions.
Eventr Team: Disha Bendre, Brandon Luong, Lindsay Chan, Vincent Yang, Sahana Mundewadi
PalMe won the $1500 Third Place Prize and $500 Most Innovative Prize with an app that uses sensor-based technology and real-time data to provide virtual companion support for people with Alzheimer’s.
PalMe Team: Waghmini Lingannagari, Sahana Melkris, Bimala Bogati, Sonia Gupta
Food Budgt won the $1000 Fourth Place Prize for their app that streamlines the supply chain from the wholesaler to food banks to food insecure households.FoodBudgt Team: Suraj Jena, Kumud Ravisankaran, Pranav Gupta, Ninad Mehta, Veronica Scott
Photo credit: Adriel Olmos