Blue Ox App Challenge 2017

Create an app that helps students with schoolwork or activities!

 

IMPORTANT DATES

October 19, 2016      Contest Registration Opens

March 22, 2017         Submission Deadline

May 17, 2017              Winners Announced

 

FAQ

WHAT IS THE BLUE OX APP CHALLENGE?

The Blue Ox App Challenge 2017 encourages students to create apps that can help them with schoolwork or activities. We hope to foster young people’s interest in technology and promote their use of STEM skills through creative problem-solving.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Students who go to school in Maine (or are homeschooled in Maine), are at least 13 years old, and have not completed high school (or high school equivalency) as of the contest submission deadline.

A parent or guardian must authorize participation for anyone under 18.

Contestants may participate alone or on a team made up of no more than five, and all participants must meet the participation standards above. Each participant must complete and return the Contest Agreement (view sample agreement here). Apps that include participants who have not completed a Contest Agreement will be disqualified. No adult advisor or mentor may write the code or create the assets (such as sound or graphics) for the app.

 

HOW DO I ENTER?

For details, visit the page "How to Participate."

To participate, you must agree to abide by the official rules, found here.

 

WHAT ARE THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MY SUBMISSION?

Your app must be presented as a project in Android Studio (written in Java) or in Xcode (written in Swift or Objective C). Apps will be tested on an iPad Mini running iOS 10 or a Nexus 7 tablet (2013) running Android 6 (recommended screen resolution for your Android app is 1920 x 1200).

You must provide your entire code base via Dropbox (for which you will need to have a - free - Dropbox account). Instructions for completing this step will be sent after you complete the Contest Agreement.

Your completed app must include an "About" screen with the following details:

  • The name of your app;
  • A list of all students who contributed to the app along with their individual Participant Codes (each student MUST have a code);
  • A short description of the problem you wanted to solve (or need you wanted to fill) with your app;
  • Any special instructions necessary for app operation.

 

MAY I SUBMIT AN APP I AM ALREADY WORKING ON?

You may, as long as the app is entirely your own work (or entirely the work of the team submitting it). It may not have been previously submitted to iOS or Android app stores or entered in any other app contest.

 

WHO ARE THE JUDGES?

TBA

 

HOW WILL JUDGES DECIDE A WINNER?

Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

1.     Originality and clarity of concept

2.     App design

3.     Code quality

4.     Concept fulfillment (the app does what the concept says it should)

Find the official contest rules here.

 

WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?
 

First prize is $1000.

Second prize is $500.

Third prize is $250.

Prizes will be divided equally among team members.

 

WHO OWNS APPS CREATED FOR THE CONTEST?

All code remains the property of its creator(s), but entrants give Blue Ox the right to use demonstrations and screenshots of any apps for publicity purposes. Blue Ox also reserves the right to use winners’ names and likenesses in publicity materials.

 

WHO IS THE CONTEST ORGANIZER?

Based in Caribou, Maine, Blue Ox Technologies Ltd. is an independent studio that creates award-winning, family-oriented mobile apps and other entertainment products. Since launching its original Moxie word game in 2009, Blue Ox has produced a string of popular apps on iOS and Android, including 7 Little Words and Monkey Wrench.

 

WHAT IF I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

We'll be happy to answer further questions: contest@blueoxtech.com.

 

Support for this contest is provided by:

Support provided by MMSA.