Who will be UTSC’s app star?
by Don Campbell
All the code has been written and tested for glitches, bugs and zombies. Now, all that’s left to decide is who will be UTSC’s AppStar.
Launched earlier this year by the Information & Instructional Technology Services (IITS) department, the UTSC AppStar competition gave students a forum to turn good ideas into great mobile apps, with a chance to win big cash prizes including $1,000 for third place, $2,000 for second, and a grand prize of $3,000.
“AppStar was an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge to solve real world problems,” says Zoran Piljevic, director of IITS. “It’s through these innovative approaches to technology use that UTSC places itself in a unique position in the tri-campus system, and among universities in general.”
In total, 13 teams composed of 25 students took part in the competition. The only ground rules were the app had to be made for iOS and/or Android, and that the app had to “demonstrably benefit students.”
Additional resources were made available during the contest, including workshops on project planning, developing and testing for iOS and Android.
The AppStar award ceremony takes place October 11, 2012 at 3 p.m. in the Hub, UTSC’s brand new ideation and experiential learning centre located in the Instructional Centre.
For more information about the contest and the award ceremony, visit www.uoft.me/appstar.
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