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CNM Team Wins $5,000 First Place Prize in UNM-CNM Mobile App Contest

April 27, 2016 -- A CNM Deep Dive Coding team won first place and a $5,000 prize during the third-annual UNM-CNM Mobile App Contest, which provides CNM and UNM students a real-life opportunity to develop and apply coding skills.
CNM Team Wins $5,000 First Place Prize in UNM-CNM Mobile App Contest

Apr 27, 2016

Students developed useful apps for the community, while having access to UNM’s and the City of Albuquerque's Open Data repositories.

The contest, sponsored by UNM’s Chief Information Office, offered motivated students support to commercialize any market-worthy apps that resulted.

The scoring was performed in several categories, including:

  • UI/UX Design - Design of the User Interface (colors, fonts, etc).
  • Relevance - Originality of the concept.
  • Professionalism - Packaging of the app and presentation (i.e. icon, look-and-feel, and demo of the application).
  • Usability & Technical Performance - Providing useful information to users.
  • Usage of Open Data.

CNM students on the winning team included Kimberly Keller, Tamra Fenstermaker and Bradley Brown. They participated in CNM's Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp at the CNM STEMulus Center, where students learn to become professional computer coders in a span of 10 weeks (40 hours per week).

"I went into Deep Dive last October excited to learn to code, which was a skill I had almost no experience with," Keller said at the award ceremony. "Six months later my team's capstone project won UNM's Mobile App Contest. I have to admit, I'm still a little shocked. Six months ago I never could have imagined how far I'd go in such a short amount of time."

When applications were completed, students were told to provide a link to their working app, a public code repository or an app store. They were required to present and demo their applications to the judges on April 11 at UNM.

Winners were selected on the basis of overall score from the judges. Prizes were awarded at a public event on April 22 in the UNM Student Union Building.

Director of CNM STEMulus Initiatives John Mierzwa and full-time faculty member David Beach coordinated the event from the CNM side. "It was fantastic to have our CNM students participate this year, and we're looking forward to next year," Mierzwa said. "All of the participants had great success with their apps, and the variety of community problems they're solving is inspiring to see."

For more information about CNM's Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp, click here