Higher Education Marketing

Winners at Dalhousie’s First Annual App Challenge

Date posted: April 19, 2012

Dalhousie University’s first annual App Challenge was held on March 28th, and four teams have been selected as the challenge’s winners:

1. First place went to computer science student Nathan Lapierre, who took home $750 for an application that helps students find books and articles at all Dalhousie Libraries. The app also enables students to saves search results and find exact stack locations.


2. Second place went to “Dal Online”, an app created by computer science students Mark Lewicki and Stu Penner, which tackles class scheduling with automated features and GPS. They won $500 for their work.

3. Third place went to computer science student Connor Bell’s “Dalpha,” which is a social network for people in the same faculty and class (with note sharing capabilities).

The People’s Choice winners (voted by faculty, staff and event attendees) were Mohamad Saliman, Tomasz Niewlarowski, Xiaoyu Yu and Marek Lipzac, who created “Mobile App for Dalplex Users,” an app designed to features news, scheduling, registration, class location and space availability.

Click here to see all of Dal App Challenge applications.

In all, nine Dalhousie student teams, representing three faculties, competed in the challenge, which took place at the University’s Goldberg Computer Science Building. Contestants had five minutes to pitch their apps. Judging duties felt to Ken Burt, vice-president finance and administration, and Carolyn Watters, vice-president academic and provost.

“Ask Dalhousie students to come up with apps for Dalhousie students and give them a month during term when they are already busy and what do you get? Incredible ideas that work,” Watters told Dal News. “I was totally impressed at the imagination, innovation, and compelling presentations of ideas from these students,” she said.

We recently posted about the University of Toronto’s efforts to engage students in mobile application development, which included opening a mobile app lab and AppStar, an app contest at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Clearly, this is no longer just one school leading the charge. As recent research into mobile use indicates, it’s become increasingly important for schools to be on the vanguard of mobile marketing and engagement, and contests and labs are a great way to get students involved at the ground floor level. After all, they know what kind of apps they want from their school.

What do you think about app contests like Dalhousie’s App Challenge?

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