Mobile Apps Demo Day

12 May, 2014

Mobile Apps Demo Day

BCNM was excited to offer NWMEDIA 198 this semester, a decal associated with the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society's (CITRIS) Mobile Apps Challenge. To promote innovation, community service, and career development among UC Berkeley students, CITRIS and the Social Apps Lab sponsored a semester-long competition for the best mobile apps that address identified needs in Healthcare, Energy & Climate, Disaster Preparedness & Response, Civic Engagement or Education.

The 3-unit DeCal was led by Matthew Schneider under Prof. Greg Niemeyer's guidance, and provided an ancillary resource for students taking part in the Challenge. It offered an avenue for community-based learning and problem solving. Experts were be brought in through to present students with additional insights as they developed their applications.

The challenge culminated in a public Demo Day on Tuesday, May 6th in which teams gave short presentations and prizes were awarded in various categories. Teams had the opportunity to win up to $1,000 in scholarship funds and preferred consideration for application to Berkeley startup incubator programs.

Team projects ranged from a UC Berkeley recruitment service to a 2 cents a day donation platform; an app to tell if your weather is weird to a program that will help disabled people navigate through towns more easily. The pitches were incredibly well thought out, and the difficult questions the judges posed were handled expertly by the groups.

We're so pleased to have been a part of this great program! Learn more about the team projects here.