A new contest for aspiring app developers aims to harness some of UCLA’s brightest minds and talent. Winners of “Code for the Mission” will not only receive cash and prizes, but their app will also be made available for download via UCLA’s app store. Each team must have at least one UCLA faculty or staff member or student to be eligible.

Entries will be evaluated in the following categories: “Exploring the Liberal Arts in the Digital Age,” “Tackling the Big Health Problems: Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Stress and Mental Health” and “Closing the U.S. Education Gap.”

Contest judges include Dr. David Feinberg, president of UCLA Health Systems; David Schaberg, dean of the humanities division of the UCLA College; James Davis, vice provost, Office of Information Technology, and chief academic technology officer; Matthew Pierce, CEO of O Labs; Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies; and Mark Thomas, product manager at Google. The contest is sponsored by UCLA’s Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research (OIP-ISR) and Office of Information Technology. 

The deadline for team registration is June 27. Final entries are due Aug. 31 and winners will be announced in mid-September at the Mobility and Modern Web Conference.

Those interested in learning more are encouraged to attend the OIP-ISR First Friday networking breakfast on June 6.