Welcome to the Code for Community II Website

We're back !! (with some money in our pockets)

Update as of April 17, 2014

See the Submissions

Update as of February 13, 2014

The game starts

  1. Code for Community Class (CPSP239T)
    1. 28 students are registered to date
    2. To date class speakers have included:
      1. Andrew Muir: Office of Sustainability, UMD
      2. Melissa Ceballos: Office of Leadership and Community Service Learning
      3. Matt Gorbsky: Segue Technologies
      4. John Davies: Division of Information Technology
  2. Please let us know if you wish to register for the competition so I can include you on the website

Update as of January 24, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year !!!!

  1. We begin in earnest.
  2. CPSP239T (Sec 201): Th: 5:30 to 7 pm
    1. First DAY of Class (see January 16 update below)
    2. January 30, 2014: Thursday: 5:30 pm to 7 pm: 1205 Cambridge Community Center
    3. MEET our friends from Segue Technologies who will be providing support
    4. MEET our friends from the Division of Information Technology who will answer your technology support questions
    5. You do not have to be registered to attend this first class

    Update as of January 16, 2014

    Happy New Year !!!!

    Thank you all for participating and agreeing to make a difference

    1. We have a total of 13 teams and 29 students registered
    2. CPSP239T (Sec 201): Th: 5:30 to 7 pm
      1. You still have time to create a team by joining us for CPSP239T on Thursday, January 30
      2. It DOES NOT Matter if you are registered for the course. All are encouraged to attend.
      3. FIND OUT ABOUT RESOURCES, e.g. consultants, programming support, server support
    3. Are you looking to ADD to your team -- LET ME KNOW !!
    4. Are you looking to JOIN a team --LET ME KNOW !!
    5. Consider our Facebook Page

    Update as of December 10, 2013

    1. We have six teams registered
    2. You can register as an individual. Teams do not have to be finalized till April.
    3. You can still register for CPSP239T (Section 201) for Spring 2014.
    4. We have a few students with limited programming experience who are looking for teams. If you are interested in adding to your team, or looking for additional help, please let me know.
    5. Consider our Facebook Page

    Update as of November 11, 2014

    Resources Tab

    Brief tutorial on Phone Gap, a free and open source framework to develop mobile applications using standard web technologies. It is part of a 30 day self-imposed challenge by the author to learn a new technology everyday.


    Update as of November 9, 2014

    There is now a Facebook page that you can use to communicate with other students interested in the Competition. Please subscribe.

    We are looking for Programmers and NON-Programmers--See what we are looking for !

    Help Wanted Descriptions


    Update as of November 1, 2014

    Go to the Your Team tab to get latest updates on Team and Individual registrants.


    The 2013 Code for Community Challenge II is a competition to create a mobile or web based app that meets a community need.  A mobile app is a software application that runs in a smartphone, tablet or other portable device. A web based app is a software application that is usable only with an active Internet connection.  The Challenge is limited to teams of 2 to 5 students enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park such that the majority are undergraduate students, i.e. graduate students are also welcomed to participate. The competition has the following goals:

    1. address the challenges facing communities
    2. help community based organizations do a better job
    3. empower residents to help themselves
    4. leverage technology as a tool to improve quality of life in neighborhoods
    5. We would like to thank the Division of Information Technology and the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for their financial support.

      Cash Awards

      The top three teams will receive a TEAM cash award --Total Team Award to be divided among registered team members. To recieve the cash award you MUST BE a registered student on the University of Maryland College Park Campus AND have been registered as part of the team. Monies can ONLY be distributed into the student's University of Maryland financial account.

      • First Place Team: $1000
      • Second Place Team: $500
      • Third Place Team: $250

      Orientation Session

      An Orientation Session has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 1205 Cambridge Community Center. Please join us !! Free Food and Refreshments.

      Why should I do this?

      This is a learning experience. You will learn to communicate, collaborate and connect with “real world” communities. You will have several opportunities to interact with the Community Sponsors and other invited guests to discuss the role of technology in promoting livable and sustainable neighborhood environments. 

      This is a resume building experience.  Winning is an accomplishment that you can put on your resume.  Regardless of the competition outcome, some of the developed apps may be adopted by the Community Sponsors, non-profit organizations, local planning agencies,  local community groups, as well as residents themselves.  This, too, can be added to your resume. 

      This is a networking experience.  Aside from meeting with community representatives, there will be an opportunity to meet those individuals engaged in promoting mobile and web – based applications. 

      This can be a profit making experience.  Regardless of the competition outcome, you could have an app that might find  its way to the marketplace.  The Competition gives you an platform to  develop and test your app, as well as get free advice from individuals actively engaged in community work.

      YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  Ultimately, the CfC Challenge is an opportunity to leverage your knowledge, skills and expertise to address local community needs.  It enables you to become a partner with communities as they seek to leverage the technology revolution to meet their needs and become active players in the 21st century.


      You must Register for the Competition by December 13, 2013.  Only registered students are eligible for awards.  You must submit your app for review by April 11, 2014.  The top three winning apps will be determined by an Awards Committee and will be announced at an Awards Ceremony scheduled for the end of April 2014

Spring 2014 Course

Code for Community (1 cr)

CPSP 239T (TTh: 530 to 7pm)



Registration Deadline

December 13, 2013

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Submission Deadline

April 11, 2014