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[February 15, 2013]

UNC Monfort College holds app contest to launch new degree program

Feb 14, 2013 (Greeley Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- The Great App Design Contest Entries can be made by individuals or teams consisting of up to three students, who must be enrolled in high school or college in Colorado with less than 60 hours of college credit.


Entries are due April 15, and are open to students throughout the country.

First-place winners receive a $1,000 software engineering degree scholarship at UNC or a Wii U Deluxe, the release stated. Second-place receives a $500 software engineering scholarship at UNC or a $200 App Store gift card; and third place receives a $250 software engineering scholarship at UNC or a $100 App Store gift card.

Complete details about the competition can be found at www.GreatAppContest.com. The winners will be announced during a live Webinar on May 8.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Sarah Berkman at sarah.berkman@unco.edu or (970) 351-3052.

Whip out those smart phones and put on those thinking caps.

The Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado has begun the Great App Design Contest for high school and college students that could earn them a scholarship toward a college degree in software engineering.

"We know there are lots of students in Colorado who are interested in designing software and apps, and would like to pursue a career doing so," said Monfort College of Business Professor of CIS and Software Engineering Degree Faculty Adviser Charmayne Cullom, in a news release. "This competition provides us with the opportunity to promote the new program and give students in Colorado the chance to win their choice of scholarship funds toward a software engineering degree or other prizes." The college is now taking registrations for its new software engineering program, but it won't official get under way until next fall.

Cullom said she hopes that the contest -- with entries due April 15 -- will garner as much interest in the program as well as the possibility of winning the $1,000 grand prize scholarship.

"We said, 'What will get these kids interested ' and everyone looked at their iPhone and said, 'Well,' " Cullom said.

Cullom said the software engineering program is a truly collaborative one, that mixes the college's computer information system coursework with computer science.

"We really hope it's designed to speak to this generation," Cullom said. "One of the things that's so important, is that you stay relevant. It's not a stagnant area. It's changing all the time." Though the contest will officially launch the program to potential students, Cullom said she hopes to make it a regular thing.

Winners who create the new app will retain the intellectual property on anything they design, she said.

"I think that it will demonstrate to that age group what they can do and what opportunities are," Cullom said.

___ (c)2013 the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) Visit the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) at www.greeleytribune.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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