Ideas we want

Here are some examples drawn from the everyday experiences of students, faculty, and staff. You don’t need to limit yourself to UChicago-specific ideas (but we’ll gladly accept those too!)

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Valuable experience in rapid creativity, idea generation, and prototyping. Past student, faculty and staff entrants have leveraged the skills they learned in their current jobs and interviews

What's in it for me?

Valuable experience in rapid creativity, idea generation, and prototyping. Past student, faculty and staff entrants have leveraged the skills they learned in their current jobs and interviews.

Who can enter?

Anyone can enter. And no, you don’t have to be a programmer. You just need to have a great idea (or two, or three).

The Basics

Students, faculty, staff, and now alums can submit their app ideas for development year round.

And we do the heavy lifting (programming, that is) to build your idea in the meantime.  The best work wins up to $10,000 in the spring.

How do I win up to $10,000?

If you're accepted and complete the requirements, we will build your app, which qualifies you for the end-of-year showdown (similar to our current App Challenge Finals). During the showdown you will compete with all other teams from that academic year, vying for $10,000.

This is a little different than before. Why the change?

We’ve been doing this for 5 years. When we started, there were a limited number of opportunities around the University for faculty students staff to get their good ideas built. In those 5 years, however, a number of "good ideas" programs have cropped up, giving us a wealth of ideas all year round, and of varying sizes. So rather than make you wait all year to build 3 apps, we’re doing rolling admissions so we can build as many as possible.

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Our Deadlines

Fall

October 31, 2016

Winter

December 1, 2016

Spring

March 9, 2017

Summer

June 1, 2017 (for next years app challenge)

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