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WSU Mobile App Design Challenge
March 23 and 24

students using WSU mobile

Team prizes:

  • $300 for 1st place team
  • $200 for 2nd place team
  • $100 for 3rd place team
  • Plus a special student’s choice team prize of $200

What is the MAD HAT?

The WSU mobile application provides students, faculty and staff with a single location to access important Washington State University (WSU) information and other mobile applications provided by the university.

The MAD HAT (Mobile App Design Hack-A-Thon) is an app design learning experience that will provide students with the opportunity to explore and develop a mobile app that could be used in the WSU Mobile app that is now available for download.

The MAD HAT event is free and open to students in all majors and with any level of coding experience. We will provide tutorials on the app design software and make mentors available to help you learn the coding language and give you guidance in developing your project idea for the app.

When is the MAD HAT event?

The MAD HAT app design challenge will be held on March 23 and 24 at the Spark Building on the Washington State University Campus. The event will start Saturday morning at 8:00 with registration and refreshments, and run until Sunday afternoon around 5pm.

How do I get involved in the MAD HAT event?

Students interested in participating at any level can register for the MAD HAT by clicking the registration link on this page. We will send you documentation, tutorials and set up a free account for you to use during the app development event.

We look forward to seeing you at the MAD HAT and helping you to develop your ideas for your own mobile app that could provide information or connections to the WSU Mobile app.

Mobile App Design Challenge Registration

Day 1Saturday March 23rd
11:00 am Set up and prep Teams arrive
12:00 AMStudent Check In and Lunch Provide
1:00 PMStart of CampusM MAD HAT SPRK G0045
Introduction and Welcome
CampusM Overview
Goals of the Mobile App Development Hack-a-Thon
1:30 PMCampusM Account Creation and Overview – Guy
Getting Started
App Manager
AEK Registry
AEK/Software Install
Quick Start Examples
AEK Tutorials
2:30 PM Team Meetings to confirm accounts and AEK installation
3:00 PMTeam Meetings to confirm accounts and AEK installation
3:10 PMProblem Statement – What we are looking for in the MAD HAT and outcomes
the teams can produce and show
6:00 PMMAD HAT Coding Begins
7:00 PMPizza or some other dinner food served
9:00 PMClose Up for the night

Day Two Sunday March 24th
9:00 AMCoding continues and building re-opened for students to arrive
12:00 PMLunch provided Pizza to bring students back
communications can state that teams need to return by noon
3:00 PMHackathon Stops and Projects are due
3:01 PMProject Presentations by Teams and Judging
4:30 PMClosing Ceremony with or without awards and winners announced
5:00 PMWrap up and clear out building

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Send questions to Guy Westhoff

Event Registration

Mobile App Design Challenge Registration

Event Schedule

WSU MAD HAT Schedule (PDF)

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