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Pitt Mobile App Challenge

The Pitt Mobile App Challenge is Back and Better than Ever

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 12:20

 

The Pitt Mobile App Challenge gives Pitt undergraduate students at all campuses the chance to share their mobile app ideas with the Pitt community and the opportunity to win some terrific prizes, including $4,000, $2,000, $1,000, or $500 worth of Amazon gift cards! 

This year's App Challenge asks students to tackle one of five specific challenges. Once you choose your challenge, you can participate in one of two categories:

  • Show It: Create a visual mockup of your app that shows what it would look like and how it would work. The winning entry receives $2,000 in Amazon gift cards.  
  • Code It: Build a working prototype of your app that functions on a mobile device. The winning entry receives $4,000 in Amazon gift cards.  

You can work alone or as part of a team. All winners will be determined by a combination of student voting and scores awarded by a panel of judges.

Get started today! Visit the Pitt Mobile App Challenge Web page to choose your challenge, download the submission template, and review the rules. You’ll also find resources to help you get started building your app. Submissions open February 1. Good luck!

App Challenge

You could win up to $4,000 in the Pitt Mobile App Challenge.

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 15:14

 

Shil Patel and Asim Viqar were runners-up in last year's Pitt Mobile App Challenge for their Swipes app. Here they describe their experience in last year's App Challenge and what they learned from participating.

Submissions to this year's Pitt Mobile App Challenge open February 1. You can participate even if you don't know how to code!

The Show It category asks you to create a visual mockup of your app that shows what it would look like and how it would work. The winning entry receives $2,000 in Amazon gift cards. Second place receives $1,000 in Amazon gift cards, and third place receives $500 in Amazon gift cards. 

The Code It category challenges you to build a working prototype of your app that functions on a mobile device. The winning entry receives $4,000 in Amazon gift cards. Second place receives $2,000 in Amazon gift cards, and third place receives $1,000 in Amazon gift cards. 

Put on your thinking caps and get started today! Visit http://pi.tt/appchallenge to choose your challenge, download the submission template, and review the rules. You’ll also find resources to help you get started building your app.

Good luck!

Vote for Your Favorite Apps in the Pitt Mobile App Challenge

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 10:18

 

Now is your chance to cast your votes for your favorite entries in the year's Pitt Mobile App Challenge. Log in to My Pitt and click the voting link in the upper right-hand corner of the page or cast your vote here.

You can learn more about each entry by clicking the name of the app. Show It entries will include a PowerPoint presentation describing the app. Code It entries feature a PowerPoint presentation and a short video demo.

Your votes will help determine the winners, so check out all the great entries today. You can vote for more than one entry, so vote for all of your favorites! Voting will be open through Sunday, April 16.

Vote today! 

 

 

 

And the 2017 Pitt Mobile App Challenge Winners Are…

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 17:04

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Pitt Mobile App Challenge! We had more Code It entries and more Show It entries than during any previous year. Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated by submitting an entry or voting for their favorites. You helped make this year’s App Challenge a huge success!

And now the winners:

Code It Category

The "Code It" category asked students to build a working prototype of their app that functions on a mobile device.

First Place: $4,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

Adriena Cribb and Daniel Zheng for AskPitt

“AskPitt is a virtual assistant for Pitt students designed to make finding Pitt resources fast and intuitive. Available on Facebook Messenger, Slack, and Amazon Alexa, AskPitt leverages a simple and familiar messaging interface that quickly provides answers to common questions.”

Second Place: $2,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

Joel Austin and Gregory McKibbin for BABL

“BABL is a unique system created to help created a more culturally understanding and intellectually diverse campus community. It uses the idea of matching to help Pitt students of all campuses connect and help each other learn languages.”

Third Place: $1,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

Andrew Lendacky for UniTour-Pitt

“UniTour-Pitt is a unified university community service aiming to connect students with their Pitt surroundings. By using augmented reality, UniTour-Pitt displays information pertinent to all students. This project originally started as a Senior Design project with Chase Melius.”

Show It Category

The "Show It" category asked students to create a mockup of their app that showed what it would look like and how it would work.

First Place: $2,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

Hunter Stept for QuickSign

“QuickSign is a revolutionary app made specifically for the Pitt students that come in every year and have to sign people in and out. QuickSign will allow you to rapidly sign a guest in, or out, on your phone. Once the person is signed into QuickSign, their panther ID becomes “active” for that building so they can swipe in and avoid the wait.”

Second Place: $1,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

Robert Lasko for Wordsee

“Wordsee is an app that translates all audio detected on the phone into visual words. This will help millions of Americans with measurable levels of hearing impairment to be more confident in what they're hearing on the phone when official closed captioning is lacking (like in phone calls). Wordsee will help to bring down communication barriers faced by the deaf and hearing impaired every single day. 

Third Place: $500 in Amazon Gift Cards

Daniel Spero for Shaka

“Our mobile app is a social media platform that helps prospective and current college students stay up to date with what is happening at different college campuses including their own. We do this by providing them with a real-time, community-generated feed of current pictures and events, and allow them to connect with each other on their main social media platforms.” 

Thank you once again to everyone who participated in this year’s Pitt Mobile App Challenge. Even if you didn’t participate, we hope you’ll consider submitting an entry next year! You can learn more at http://technology.pitt.edu/appchallenge.  

Previous App Challenge Winners

More than 2,500 students participated in the 2015-16 Pitt Mobile App Challenge by voting or submitting an entry. Check out the winning entries below.

2015-16 Pitt Mobile App Challenge Winners

2015-16 Pitt Mobile App Challenge Winners

Prototype Grand Prize Winner

Grand Prize Winner ($2,000 Amazon gift card)

Robert Burger for "verblitz"

The Pitt Mobile App Challenge is Back and Better than Ever

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 12:20

 

The Pitt Mobile App Challenge gives Pitt undergraduate students at all campuses the chance to share their mobile app ideas with the Pitt community and the opportunity to win some terrific prizes, including $4,000, $2,000, $1,000, or $500 worth of Amazon gift cards! 

This year's App Challenge asks students to tackle one of five specific challenges. Once you choose your challenge, you can participate in one of two categories:

  • Show It: Create a visual mockup of your app that shows what it would look like and how it would work. The winning entry receives $2,000 in Amazon gift cards.  
  • Code It: Build a working prototype of your app that functions on a mobile device. The winning entry receives $4,000 in Amazon gift cards.  

You can work alone or as part of a team. All winners will be determined by a combination of student voting and scores awarded by a panel of judges.

Get started today! Visit the Pitt Mobile App Challenge Web page to choose your challenge, download the submission template, and review the rules. You’ll also find resources to help you get started building your app. Submissions open February 1. Good luck!

App Challenge