Welcome to the Code for Community Challenge Website
Please periodically check this site for updates
The WINNERS are:
Elisa Escapa; Neelnavo Kar; and Joan Zhang
Oluwabori Oludemi; Elyahou Shamouilian; Kemari Legg; Vinnie Vendemia; Dylan Zingler
Everett Lum; Jairam Patel; Michael Wang; Priscilla Tang
CONGRATULATIONS! THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED
Thank you all for participating in the Code for Community Challenge
If there are any questions, concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I would like at least one and if possible two uploads. The first REQUIRED upload is a video of your app in action, or a screen capture of your app emulator. This file will be reviewed by the judges. In this light, the video should highlight what your app can do. It is a demonstration of how a user might use your app. There is no need to address the technical issues such as installing, configuring the app. Though not necessary, if one is available you can include a link, to your website--) for the judges to look at (but I want to reiterate, judges will focus on the video). The judges are not "techies", they just want to see what the app does. The April 8 deadline is to provide the judges sufficient time to review your app. Notably, on the 25th, you will have another "five minutes" to IGNITE interest in your project.
The second upload would be a zipped file of the project files which comprise your app. This zipped file would also contain any instructions, e.g. a readme file, one would need to install the app. I realize that this may be more complicated than it sounds, and it may not be possible or appropriate--just let me know. Needless, if you do not have time for this now, you can upload the zipped file by the end of the week (Friday, April 19 (11:59 pm).
To upload go to the Assignments Tab, and upload file as if submitting a homework assignments. Any problems with uploading contact John Davies (email@example.com) for help, advice and instruction.
Any, any, any questions, concerns or issues, contact me. We can always work something out.
Each team will make a presentation about their app. You have five minutes and five minutes only. In that five minutes you are to inspire the audience to try your app. The presentation is not to demonstrate every detail and nuance of your app. You want to highlight the strengths of your app, and convince organizations to try your app. Once they are “hooked” and come to you in person with questions, you can describe your app in greater detail. Don’t forget that your app has been uploaded already so many may have had a chance to see the app.
I realize five minutes does not sound like a lot of time. An approach to provide structure to your presentation is to use the IGNITE model of presenting. The IGNITE model is premised on a slide deck of 20 slides which are automated to 15 seconds each for a total 5 minute presentation. In essence, each slide is discussed for a total of 15 seconds. Essentially you have 5 minutes to make your point, “Go!”. The limited time not only minimizes the chance of boring your audience, but also forces you to distill the important elements of your app. It also will allow us to get all the presentations in, and still have time for questions. IMPACT is not a new idea and is one of the many presentation techniques that are being used.
Check out the Resources tab for instructions on the IGNITE presentaton
Team APPS are Due
April 8, 2013
Upload on the Canvas / Elms site
Thursday, April 25, 2013
1100 Cambridge Community Center
7 pm to 8:30 pm
Another place to submit your app--It's worth a look
The Code for Community CANVAS site is up for competitors, accessible via your studen Canvas / Elms account
Currently, the site has videos of last weeks App Development workshops (HTML, IOS, and Adobe)
The site will be the platform used to access the planned virtual technical consulting help
If you do not have access to the site, please let me know
App Development Workshop Ideas to Applications
February 19, 2013
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
PIZZA will be served (to be followed by the Technology and Community Lecture)
Alison Robinson, Deputy CIO, Division of Information Technology, UMD
If you are interested in learning how to turn your mobile application development in to a reality, join Alison Robinson to discuss the decisions, strategies and processes to move from idea to completion. Come with your ideas for the Code for Community competition and we can work through the process together.
Apple Developer's Resources
Free and can be found at : https://developer.apple.com/devcenter/ios/index.action
The Community organization who adopts any app will be responsible for providing resources to have it published at the Apple Store.
13 Teams (due to merger) and 48 students
Mobile App Developers Club
There are TWO APP Development Workshops (February 6 and February 7) scheduled to run from 5 pm to 8 pm. Dinner will be served. Both are limited to registrants. The first hour of each will address HTML/Java.
5 to 6 pm: HTML5 / Java
6 to 8 pm: IOS
This session will focus on basic iOS development including the concepts of development planning. It will include basic code, online resources, and discussion of development, QA and release.
PTX (Patuxent Building) 0120
BRING YOUR LAPTOP5 to 6pm: HTML5 / Java
6 to 8 pm: Adobe Tools for building Mobile apps and Web applications (which will be available to competitors)
Adobe will introduce Edge Tools & Services, created for mobile designers and developers.
Tools discussed will be PhoneGap Build, Edge Code, Edge Inspect.
UMD Mobile App Developers Club
The Mobile App Developers club is a student run campus organization. If you are looking for technical help, they might be able to provide assistancc. You can find their group on the Stars website, or their facebook group, UMCP mobile app developers or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.Annoucing a Second App Development Workshop
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
CSS (Computer Science) 4404
5 to 6 HTML5 and Java Script
6 to 8 pm: IOS Development
DINNER to be Served
App Development Workshop
Thursday, February 7, 2013
PTX (Patuxent Building) 0120
5 to 6 pm: HTML5 and Java Script
6 to 8 pm: Adobe Tools for Mobile Apps
DINNER to be Served
Limited to Competitors
FREE PIZZA: a Question and Answer Session for Registrants
Thursday, January 31, 2013
6:15 pm to 7:30 pm
- We have 14 teams and 47 students registered.
- Team Building the Future
- Team DbD
- Team Pretty Moon Squad Robo-Team Hyperforce Go
- Team Executables
- Team TBD_Parks
- Team Mobilize
- Team ParameTerps
- Team Mobile App Developers
- Team GummyWorms
- Team TBDGems
- Team Jacob
- Testudo Pilots
- We have scheduled two Community Sponsor Sessions: All are invited (refreshments will be served)
- "Technology and Community I": February 19, 2013 at 7 pm at 1111 Cambridge Community Center
- "Technology and Communtiy II": March 7, 2013 at 7 pm at Lounge, Anne Arundel Hall
Please contact me Alex Chen if you have ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS OR IDEAS.
We are on twitter with hashtag #cfc_umd
Let your friends know about the competition. The Deadline for registration is still January 21.
The Code for Community Challenge is a competition to create a mobile or web based app that meets a community need. A mobile app is a software application that runs in a smartphone, tablet or other portable device. A web based app is a software application that is usable only with an active Internet connection. The Challenge is limited to teams of 2 to 4 undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park. To that end, we are working on an online "matchmaking service" to help students form teams, e.g. help programmers meet non-programmers.
Information Session Update (November 13, 2012)
Much thanks to all who attended the November 13 Information Session. Community Sponsors provided a context for the competition by discussing their perspective of community needed apps. Representatives from our own Division of information Technology discussed available web resources, consulting services, and planned App Development workshops. In addition, we have listed links to community based Apps. Some of these were programmed by professional developers. My purpose was not to challenge your coding skills, but to give you sense of the types of community based apps that are out there. Notably, some are open sourced, while others explicitly highlight the potential for replication. You can find this information under the Resource tab. A summary of the material discussed is available at the Info Session tab.
Why should I do this?
This is a learning experience. You will learn to communicate, collaborate and connect with “real world” communities. You will have several opportunities to interact with the Community Sponsors and other invited guests to discuss the role of technology in promoting livable and sustainable neighborhood environments.
This is a resume building experience. Winning is an accomplishment that you can put on your resume. Regardless of the competition outcome, some of the developed apps may be adopted by the Community Sponsors, non-profit organizations, local planning agencies, local community groups, as well as residents themselves. This, too, can be added to your resume.
This is a networking experience. Aside from meeting with community representatives, there will be an opportunity to meet those individuals engaged in promoting mobile and web – based applications.
This can be a profit making experience. Regardless of the competition outcome, you could have an app that might find its way to the marketplace. The Competition gives you an platform to develop and test your app, as well as get free advice from individuals actively engaged in community work.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Ultimately, the CfC Challenge is an opportunity to leverage your knowledge, skills and expertise to address local community needs. It enables you to become a partner with communities as they seek to leverage the technology revolution to meet their needs and become active players in the 21st century.
You must Register for the Competition by January 21, 2013. In February 19 and March, 2013 four “Meet the Community Sponsor” events will be scheduled to allow teams to gain further input from the Community Sponsors and other guests. You must submit your app for review by April 8, 2013. The top three winning apps will be determined by an Awards Committee and will be announced at an Awards Ceremony scheduled for the end of April 2013. Community Sponsors as well as University representatives will be present for the Awards.