Welcome To the Code for Community Challenge Website
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. An “Information Session” (November 13, 2012 at 7pm, Cambridge Community Center) will introduce our Community Sponsors and provide details about the CfC Challenge. You must register for the Competition by January 21, 2013. In February 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 1, 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.
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.