Congrats to our Winners!
We had a blast with the reps and engineers from AT&T and Apple, and had some really great hacks, too. Everyone learned a little about Objective C and mobile development, and special congratulations to our winners from Communicaid, The Road Not Taken, TouchTunes, and iDiscover. Full story here.
The Big Byte Challenge is an event produced by students and for students sponsored and produced by Duke University, Apple Inc., and the AT&T Developer Program. This event is designed for students (technical & non-technical) to build mobile apps that run on iOS devices, get fed, compete for prizes across different categories and most importantly: meet new people and develop new skills. Our coding competition will introduce you to the latest cutting edge tools and frameworks to help you build smarter and faster.
Students are welcome to code in any language they prefer for the back-end but the user interface must be either a native iOS application or viewable in a stock Safari mobile browser on iPad in order to be eligible to compete for prizes. Engineers from both Apple and AT&T will be on site throughout the weekend to help teams, with a maximum of 3 members, build their apps and solve problems they may encounter in developing their app.
Apple engineers will be on-site with a copy of the iTunes Store catalog, and AT&T will be bringing along some data sets as well. Participants are encouraged to come up with a creative way to display and/or search these huge data sets. But watch out! There will be a secret requirement that won't be revealed until the kick-off event on September 26th. You can code in any language you want for the back-end data processing but the front-end must be something visible on iOS (either a native Objective-C app or web app viewable on iPad). This is a great opportunity for graphic designers, User Interface/Experience designers, or generally creative-minded students to mix and work together with developers and engineers to make big data visually accessible.
Apps will be judged based on the criteria below and weighted accordingly.