Westchester Smart Mobile App Contest
WELCOME TO THE 2017 #WESTCHESTERSMART MOBILE APP DEVELOPMENT BOWL
Have an idea for a mobile app? Learn from the best, turn your idea into a reality and compete against the region’s top young techies at the 3rd Annual #WestchesterSmart Mobile App Development Bowl.
Register today to guarantee your spot in the competition. There is no entry fee.
The contest – a partnership between Westchester County’s Office of Economic Development and Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems – challenges students to put themselves on the “MAAP” by creating “Mobile Apps for Aging Populations.” Specifically, apps are being sought that improve an aspect of daily life for people ages 65 and older.
Cash prizes, paid internships and tech gear are all up for grabs for the winning teams.
To learn more about the contest, sponsorship opportunities or how to be a judge, please email MobileAppContest@pace.edu.
Why is this important?
By 2050, more than 21 percent of the global population will be 65 or older, compared to 11.7 percent in 2013 (United Nations; US Census Bureau). Worldwide, this aging population will represent the focus of several major societal and economic changes and challenges, which include being:
- The fastest-growing consumer group, requiring improved or new ways to access, use, and/or buy products and services in many industries (retail, food/beverage, banking, hospitality, etc.);
- A significant share of the workforce as retirement ages rise, requiring improved or new ways to empower older workers find jobs and maximize their performance;
- An underrepresented and overlooked segment of users of technology, demanding innovative and age-appropriate platforms to increase participation in the digital age; and
- Part of the underserved populations in need of access to high quality healthcare and wellness services.
This means that policymakers, governments, health systems, manufacturers, retailers, and other public and private stakeholders will need to adapt to the needs of the aging population. Changes need to be made to products and services, both in the private and public sectors, which include but are not limited to: health care and wellness; transportation; hospitality; travel; packaging and labeling of products; privacy and confidentiality concerns (cybersecurity); and technology/media platforms.
This also means an incredible opportunity for high school and college students to apply computing and technology skills to create mobile apps that will help solve these societal and economic challenges.
The 2016 #WestchesterSmart Mobile App Bowl had more than 250 participants from nearly 50 teams that developed innovative apps for the aging population.