Three Indiana high school teams demonstrated their design and coding prowess Saturday, November 4, at the 2017 Mobile App Challenge, sponsored by the Department of Human-Centered Computing at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.
Twenty-three teams from around the state participated this year. Harmony 2, from Harmony School in Bloomington, won first place, while two teams from Plymouth High School—Cooking with Scratch and Straight Outta Scratch—took second and third, respectively.
This year’s challenge was to create a mobile application, from start to finish in less than 8 hours, that researchers could use to detect paranormal activity. Teams were allowed this year to choose the criteria on which they were judged—either virtual design and user experience alone, or combined with prototype creativity and prototype technical fluency.
Christopher Ha, recruiter and organizer for the event said, “I would like to thank all the participants and adult mentors for making this the biggest turnout we’ve had since we began hosting this competition. It was wonderful to see all the hard work students put into their final product. This competition really allows students to explore an opportunity in technology. As a school, we are proud to be able to provide undergraduate programs that are tailored to these students’ interests and abilities.”
This is the fourth year for the challenge, which has grown in interest and popularity. Winning teams receive cash prizes and scholarships to use to study at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.