In April 2012 U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and leaders from New Jersey’s education, business and technology communities announced a new initiative to spur high-tech innovation in New Jersey - the “New Jersey Apps Challenge,” a mobile apps competition among three New Jersey universities. The competition is designed to spur more homegrown innovation in New Jersey, which already ranks fifth in the nation in app economy jobs according to a recent study by economist Dr. Michael Mandel.
Open to students, faculty members and recent graduates (within five years) from Stevens, Rutgers University and NJIT, The New Jersey Apps Challenge will accept built-from-scratch mobile apps now through Jun. 30, 2013. A panel of judges will evaluate entries based on several metrics, including overall utility and potential commercial success. Winners will be selected from each university to meet with the university presidents and one overall winner will meet with Dennis Crowley, CEO of Foursquare, to pitch the winning idea. Click here for more details.