In April, Stevens hosted U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and leaders from New Jersey’s education, business and technology communities to announce new initiatives to spur high-tech innovation in New Jersey.  At the event, Lautenberg and Genachowski announced the “New Jersey Apps Challenge,” a mobile apps competition among three New Jersey universities. The competition is designed to spur more homegrown innovation in New Jersey, which already ranks fifth in the nation in app economy jobs according to a recent study by economist Dr. Michael Mandel

Open to students, faculty members and recent graduate (within five years) from Stevens, Rutgers University, and NJIT, The New Jersey Apps Challenge will accept built-from-scratch mobile apps now through Jun. 30, 2013. A panel of judges will evaluate entries based on several metrics, including overall utility and potential commercial success. Winners will be selected from each university to meet with the university presidents, and one overall winner will meet with Dennis Crowley, CEO of foursquare, to pitch the winning idea. Read below for more details and how to enter.

Competition Overview

Are you a budding app developer? Do you want to get in on the ground floor of the booming apps economy?

The New Jersey Apps Challenge invites students and entrepreneurs to create mobile software applications, or “apps,” and demonstrate their superiority in the following criteria, including level of commercial success, strength of university affiliation and collaboration, overall utility, and quality of user experience and presentation. The challenge seeks to encourage and facilitate the growth of the local apps economy by supporting promising young New Jersey innovators, technologists, businesspeople and entrepreneurs.

Winners will be invited to lunch with local dignitaries and winning apps will be featured on university websites, on social media outlets, in the local media, and in the Congressional Record.

The New Jersey Apps Challenge was announced on April 11, 2012 by U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski at an event at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Download a PDF of the Competition Rules & Eligibility

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