Welcome to the Code for Community II Website
We're back !! (with some money in our pockets)
Update as of November 9, 2014There is now a Facebook page that you can use to communicate with other students interested in the Competition. Please subscribe.
Update as of November 1, 2014Go to the Your Team tab to get latest updates on Team and Individual registrants.
The 2013 Code for Community Challenge II 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 5 students enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park such that the majority are undergraduate students,
i.e. graduate students are also welcomed to participate. The competition has the following goals:
- address the challenges facing communities
- help community based organizations do a better job
- empower residents to help themselves
- leverage technology as a tool to improve quality of life in neighborhoods
The top three teams will receive a TEAM cash award --Total Team Award to be divided among registered team members. To recieve the cash award you MUST BE a registered student on the University of Maryland College Park Campus AND have been registered as part of the team. Monies can ONLY be distributed into the student's University of Maryland financial account.
- First Place Team: $1000
- Second Place Team: $500
- Third Place Team: $250
An Orientation Session has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 1205 Cambridge Community Center. Please join us !! Free Food and Refreshments.
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 December 13, 2013. Only registered students are eligible for awards. You must submit your app for review by April 11, 2014. 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 2014.