Students will self-organize into teams to identify a social problem that can be addressed by creating a new mobile technology. They will apply to participate in the Mobile App Challenge in early January 2016. Over the course of the Spring 2016 semester, students will develop the apps while receiving mentorship & guidance from CITRIS faculty & staff, entrepreneurs, developers, non-profit leaders and prospective clients.
The challenge will culminate with a public Demo Day at the end of the semester where teams will give short presentations and prizes will be awarded in various categories. Teams may win up to $1,000 in scholarship funds and preferred consideration for application to Berkeley startup incubator programs.
- Teams must comprise at least three members
- All team members must be currently enrolled at UC Berkeley (either graduate or undergrad)
- Mobile app must address a need in at least one category:
- Connected Communities: This category focuses on the affordances of information technology to enhance communities – of learning, of practice, and of governance. Themes include development of experimental online platforms and novel hardware and software systems that connect peers to each other and to institutions in meaningful and productive ways.
- Health: Improving health outcomes and access to cost-effective care through the development and integration of innovative technology in telehealth, sensors, mobile devices, and analytics with a special emphasis on hospital to home and precision medicine solutions.
- People and Robots: Human-centric automation, bio-inspired robotics, deep learning, cloud robotics, and Internet of Things are among the primary research themes in this category.
- Sustainable Infrastructures: The Sustainable Infrastructures Initiative pursues information technology research in energy, water, and transportation as parts of the cyber-infrastructure of a sustainable society.
- Projects must NOT be a sponsored research or faculty project.
- Teams must commit to weekly updates, presenting at the Elimination Round on February 4th and presenting the results of their work at a final event on May 3rd, 2016
Elimination Round Judging Criteria
App Ideas presented at the Elimination Round must address the following questions:
1) What’s the problem you’re trying to solve?
2) Does your mobile app idea address the problem?
3) Is it culturally appropriate?
4) Is it original?
5) Do you have all of the skills on your team to get started?
6) Are your goals possible in one semester?
Presentation from January 28th: Week 2_Ideation_Volvo Challenge
Team will be assigned mentor with specific domain expertise in the project’s field. Mentors will work with the teams to ensure that the projects progress and develop within the timeline.
Weekly workshops will serve as check-ins for the teams. Industry or academic experts will come present seminars for the students. During these workshops, mentors will work with teams and track the development of their progress.
Teams will have the opportunity to network with UCB faculty & staff, entrepreneurs, developers, non-profit leaders and most importantly, themselves. We hope to build a community of future leaders who share the same passion for societal impact.
A collaborative work environment will be provided in Sutardja Dai Hall. Development co-location will allow teams to share and develop their ideas while assisting each other through technical hurdles.
The CITRIS Mobile App Challenge aims to be an experiential learning process for students. Students will learn and develop skills in app design & development, project management, teamwork, marketing and communication.