2016 High School Build Your Own App Contest Starts Today!

May 2, 2016

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Mobile Makers high school students have been hard at work all school year learning Swift and iOS Development. Now is the time for the students to show us how awesome they really are! Mobile Makers Academy invites all students who were enrolled in the Mobile Makers app development class during the 2015 – 2016 academic school year to participate.


  • Contest officially begins on May 2, 2016 and ends on June 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST
  • Students enrolled in a Mobile Makers High School course between August 2015 and June 2016 are eligible to participate
  • App and video submissions are due by June 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST to this form
  • All students are required to submit a zipped version of their app project folder AND a link to a three minute or less video covering the following information:
    • An introduction to all of the members of the team and descriptions of what they did
    • Names of the school and the teacher who supported the development of the app
    • The problem the app solves
    • A description of how the app solves the problem
    • A demo of the app
    • An explanation of why this app should win the Build Your Own App contest
  • Both students and teachers have the opportunity to win great prizes, including credit towards the Mobile Makers Store and Apple Store gift cards.



An end of the year contest that encourages students to showcase and develop their own Swift app not already covered in the Mobile Makers High School Course.


  1. To help students push themselves to be resourceful and have grit in order to learn something new in Swift without the direct instruction of a teacher
  2. To support students to take safe, professional risks by sharing their knowledge and experience with others
  3. To provide winning students the opportunity to receive feedback from Mobile Makers alumni, instructors, and professional iOS developers, in addition to other great prizes


TODAY! Monday, May 2, 2016. Links to apps and videos must be submitted to this form by June 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST


Students can work with up to three partners, who are also Mobile Makers High School students, to develop a Swift native mobile iOS app that is not directly taught in the Mobile Makers High School course


3rd Place Team

  • $25 Apple Gift Card for each team member

2nd Place Team

1st Place Team

  • One hour of mentoring and consulting with a professional iOS developer for the entire team
  • $25 credit towards the Mobile Makers Store
  • $25 Apple Gift Card for each team member

Teacher of the 1st Place Team

  • Featured blog post
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • $50 credit towards the Mobile Makers Store
  • Special shout out to administration


We’re on a mission to help students build the confidence and skills they need to work in a STEM industry, be a software developer, and grow as independent problem solvers. Mobile Makers High School First Annual Build Your Own App Contest deepens this kind of learning by encouraging students to go outside of their comfort zone and share what they have learned and built with the greater iOS developer community. Because students have to build their own app from concept to reality, they must expand upon the Swift they learned with their teacher by exploring resources available to professional software developers, a skill which will support them no matter their post high school interests or plans.

***By submitting the public link to your video to the contest, participants agree to allow Mobile Makers to share it with the world for education and marketing purposes.***