Congratulations to our winners and runners up for Mobile App Competition 2015: Alexia Hilbertidou, Delan Li and Mandira Bulathsinhala, Click here for photos

Have you ever wondered what goes into creating a mobile application? Do you have experience in creating apps already? Do you have a great idea for an app?

The Unitec Mobile App Competition is a competition for high school girls to showcase their passion, creativity and skills in a digital environment, and practice problem solving skills fundamental to computer science.

On the weekend of the 8th and 9th of August 2015, Unitec’s Department of Computing is holding their next competition for high school girls in Years 11 – 13. The 2-day competition will involve designing, developing and programming an app for the Android platform using MIT’s App Inventor 2. Participants will be mentored by Department of Computing staff, and finally present their completed apps to a panel of judges, who will determine three winners.

The prizes for each winner?

  • An IBM scholarship of $8600 for living/course-related costs, plus a new laptop
  • A Unitec study scholarship of 3 years’ tuition fees to study a Bachelor of Computing Systems

There will also be prizes for runners up and highly commended participants.

Registration deadline:

  • 31st July 2015

Competition dates and times:

  • Day 1 – Saturday 8th August, 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Day 2 – Sunday 9th August, 10:00am – 5:00pm

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Terms and conditions:

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To be eligible for entry to the competition, you must be a female high school student with domestic student status, studying in Year 11 – 13 at a New Zealand secondary school.

Ideally, you should also have some knowledge and experience in using App Inventor 2, and also have an idea of an app you wish to create (see Competition Preparation for more details)

Why this competition?

For the past two years, Unitec has been encouraging high school students in New Zealand to take an interest in computing by showcasing what can be achieved with App Inventor 2 – a easy-to-learn programming language that you can use to write apps for smart devices on the Android platform.

We are running the Mobile App Competition for Girls to stimulate the creativity and inventiveness of Year 11 to 13 female high school students. This group is targeted specifically because Computing Science, Software Engineering, and other IT and tech-related fields have a significant shortage of females. Computer science is a fun, rewarding, diverse, and social field that has countless opportunities, particularly so given the current shift towards digital solutions. If computer science offers such bountiful opportunities, then why are so few girls entering careers in this field?

Unfortunately Computing and IT is surrounded by a false stereotype of nor creativity, lines and lines of code, and a (usually male) “geek” sitting by themselves in a dark room programming. Nothing could be further from the truth! Computing is about having fun, designing things, selling ideas, solving problems, working in teams to develop ideas — the list is endless.