CITRIS and the Social Apps Lab are hosting the 2014 CITRIS Mobile App Challenge to promote innovation, community service, and career development among UC Berkeley students. The challenge is a semester-long competition for the best mobile apps that address identified needs in Healthcare, Energy & Climate, Disaster Preparedness & Response, Civic Engagement or Education.

This challenge encourages teams of UC Berkeley students to develop innovative mobile applications for today’s most pressing societal needs. Through a rigorous 3-month process, students will design, prototype and pitch their ideas. Participants will receive coaching and guidance from CITRIS faculty and staff, entrepreneurs, developers, nonprofit leaders and prospective clients. The challenge will culminate in a public Demo Day at the end of the semester where teams will give short presentations and prizes will be awarded in various categories. Teams may win up to $1,000 in scholarship funds and preferred consideration for application to Berkeley startup incubator programs.

For individuals and teams seeking more information on the Mobile App Challenge and help in developing their mobile app idea, an Info Session + Ideation Summit will be held on January 22 from 4-8 pm in Room 141, Sutardja Dai Hall.

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Additionally, students can visit our Facebook Page ( to discuss ideas and form teams with other students.

Participation Criteria

  • Teams must comprise at least three members
  • All team members must be currently enrolled at UC Berkeley (either graduate or undergrad)
  • Mobile app must address a need in Healthcare, Energy & Climate, Disaster Preparedness & Response, Civic Engagement or Education.
  • Projects must NOT be an existing, sponsored research or faculty project.
  • Teams must commit to weekly updates and presenting the results of their work at a final event in May 2014

Applications to participate in the Mobile App Challenge will be accepted from January 13-27, 2014. Applications will then be reviewed, and teams will be notified by January 29, 2014.

For more information and to apply, visit:

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