Have you ever thought about how fun and challenging it could be to create a new mobile app?

Here is an opportunity to do just that, and maybe even win $5,000 and placement of your app in the UCLA App Store: UCLA’s third annual Code for the Mission Competition invites faculty, staff and students to develop mobile applications to promote UCLA’s mission of education, research and service.

Winners will be selected in these three categories:

Education: Inspiring Women in STEM
Create an app that encourages or supports girls and women who want to study and focus on a career in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.

Research: mHealth
Develop an app that works with sensors or wearable devices, creating data dashboards that enable users to manage their personal health.

Service: Promoting Community Engagement and Civil Discourse
Develop an app that promotes community engagement, such as volunteering throughout the community or even improving civil discourse during tumultuous presidential elections.

The competition is sponsored by UCLA's Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research (OIP-ISR) and UCLA's Office of Information Technology (OIT).

"The Code for the Mission App Competition is about bringing Bruins together each year around innovation and teamwork to collaborate on solving challenges related to UCLA’s core mission," said Rose Rocchio, OIT director of mobile and web strategy. "I think this year’s tracks are very exciting, and I can’t wait to see what the Bruin community comes up."

If you're new to mobile app development, you can learn the basics from experts during Bootcamp Week, April 4-8.

June 17 is the deadline for team registration. Teams can consist of up to six people, at least one of them a member of the UCLA community. You may also consider joining an already-registered team that’s seeking additional members.

Final entries are due on August 31, and winners will be announced on Sept. 15.

Find complete competition guidelines and online application materials at the Code for the Mission website. RSVPs for the Bootcamp training session will be taken at the website soon. For questions, email codeforthemission@oit.ucla.edu.

Read about previous Code for the Mission winners here.