Do I need any prior experience?Nope. No coding experience or anything. Just an idea.
Apply 4 times a year!
- June 5, 2017
- September 4, 2017
- December 4, 2017
- March 5, 2018 (for next year's challenge)
Have you experienced an unmet need or opportunity in your everyday life (at work, in your research, at home or elsewhere)? Are you working on a research project that might benefit from an app, a website, or cognitive computing? Are you already working on an idea with UChicago (e.g. I-Corps, BIG, ITM) and want to build some part of it? Not sure?
The UChicago App Challenge helps you translate that idea or observation into a mobile app, great website or something else (surprise us)! Students, faculty, staff, alums and now Polsky members can submit their ideas year round. We do the heavy lifting to build your idea. We’ve got $10,000 in prizes. Your idea could win you some serious cash!
Almost all of our semi-finalists and finalists have had no technical background. That's what we're here for. See what they ended up creating.
Start your idea generation by looking at successful entries in the past.
- 2017 Winner: Step Test
- 2017 Runner Up: Ballot Ready
- 2017 Finalist: EngAGE
- 2017 Finalist: Triple
- 2016 Winner: Refer Me
- 2016 Finalist: Engage
- 2016 Finalist: VidVelocity
- 2015 Finalist: Access UChicago
- 2015 Winner: Open Macro
- 2015 Finalist: Tap
- 2014 Winner: Puppy Test
- 2014 Finalist: Oratoria
- 2014 Finalist: PURLs
- 2013 Winner: Health Spotr
- 2013 Finalist: MyRoots
- 2013 Finalist: Video Protocols
- 2012 App Challenge Finalists and Winner