2012 MIT App Inventor App Contest
1st Place, K-8 Division
The 2012 App Contest had 125 submissions in four categories: K-8, High School, College/University, and Open. Google Nexus 7 Tablets are being awarded to the 1st place winners, with App Inventor books given for second place. Participants included students as young as third grade, college students, hobbyists, professional developers, and even some self-described "retired old ladies"! The following are the prize winners and a few of the other notable apps:
EZ School Bus, Arjun Kumar. This two app solution helps parents to track their kids on bus rides home from school. The solution uses bar code scanning so students can check in and out from the bus, GPS to track the bus location and automated SMS messages to keep parents informed. Arjun has already proposed this app to his school administration and gained permission to run it as a pilot program this Spring. Its absolutely phenomenal work, one of the most creative and well thought out app of any age group in our contest. Arjun is a seventh grade school student from Velammal Vidyashram school in Surapet, Chennai, India. His EZ School Bus app was featured as an app of the day at Programmable Web. Here are links to the two apps that make up the solution:
1st Place, High School Division
Pong Cubed, Matt Caswell-- This is a terrific version of the classic Pong game that lets you play against an auto-player (and the auto-player is really good!) or play against three other people on separate devices. Its a terrific examples of how App Inventor can be used to create a complex, multi-player game. Caswell is from Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts.
1st Place, College/University Division
, Brian Nagy-- This educational app teaches students about diffusion and osmosis and includes an animated lesson showing molecule movement and a multiple-choice post-lesson quiz. The app was created by Brian Nagy, a High School Biology teacher and grad student in the EdTech Master's program at Boise State.
1st Place, Open Division
Health Record, Duke Bonaventura- This app lets you record information about your kids health and doctor visits. It is a great example of using App Inventor to fill a personal need-- Duke wanted a simple way to jot down notes when his kids went to the doctor. The app has a particularly professional-looking and easy-to-use UI-- check it out!
2nd Place, K-8 Division
Reading Log for Kids, Jack Gordon
This kid-friendly, seven-screen app, created by third-grader Jack Gordon, lets you record the books you're reading, time your reading sessions and keep a log of your reading time. The app solves a common need for young students and has been tested on both a Kindle Fire and a smart phone, with Jack's sister being test-user #1! Jack is a third grader at Cumberland Elementary School in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.
2nd Place, High School Division
Taber Tiles, Taber Quigley. A great brain teaser game in which you touch tiles in an attempt to change all the same color. A well-designed game with good sound effects, a timer, the ability to reset, and instructions. Taber Quigley is a high school student who attends Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC).
2nd Place, College/University Division
Learn By State-Idaho, Sherie Moran-- An app about the state of Idaho, it remixes a quiz, potato mash, potato chase game, and map tour with a nice UI and all Idaho style. Sherie Moran created the app for use in fourth grade classrooms. She is a 7th grade teacher who moonlights as a grad student in Boise St. EdTech Master's program.
2nd Place, Open Division
Edupool, Joe Hammons. This fun-to-play educational game lets you drag a pool ball to the right hole to answer questions. The app includes fill-in-the-blank word problems and math problems and provides visual clues to help students. Joe Hammons is a retired elementary school teacher who has developed free educational games for kids on Apple and Windows computers.
Photo Shopping, Salvatore Pirrera. This app lets you store pictures and information as you shop and has a complete user interface-- you can edit old items, navigate easily with image buttons, and the menus and forms provide great examples of how App Inventor can be used to create professional looking apps. Salvatore Pirrera is an architect who has published this and other apps on Google Play.
Hidato Helper, Abraham Getzler-- a terrific Sudoku like game created by Abraham Getzler, a retired programmer.
Ultimate Chat, William Tan
A mobile chat app that provides a nice example of complex parsing within an App Inventor app. William Tan is a student at Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts.
Set in the Park, Jess Saunders An app that provides visitors to San Diego's Balboa park with a brand new way to explore the buildings and landscape. You can also post your own information about the park using the easy-to-use interface. Jess Saunders has used app inventor for a couple of years and was previously a Flash developer.
Get Info, Samo Gaberscek, Originally developed by the author who couldn't find an app to extract menu info from websites onto his mobile device, this app provides a general purpose method to extract info from your favorite sites. Samo Gaberscek started using App Inventor just a month before the contest!
CryptoDB, Tommaso Martino-- An app that lets you store secret messages with cryptographic keys so that only one with the key can retrieve. The app was created by Tommaso Martino, a medical student at University of Bari.
Simplex Solver, Allen Tang-- An app for solving linear equations that can be used by engineers in the field. The app was created by Allen Tang, a CS undergrad at UM-Amherst
Comic Mania, Napu Taitano. This app collects comic books from the web to provide a nice one-stop-shop for browsing comics on your mobile device. You can cull the list down in settings, making it easy to choose your reading for the day. It was created by Napu Taitano, a home schooled student, who uses his family of 7 (soon to be 8) to test his apps.
CarRun, Cayden Caulfield-- This fun game lets you dodge the cars coming down the freeway and catch coins to increase your health. Cayden Caulfield is a student at Copper Hills High school in Jordan Utah and the Canyons Tech Education Center (CTEC) in Sandy, Utah.
Windroid, George Dan. This app collects some common app inventor apps -- a calculator, pong, minigolf-- into a Windows-type UI. The user interface is really nice and the app is a clever mashup of existing apps. George Dan is a 6th grader at CGS.
SpellCoaster, Saajidah Kalla. Learn spelling by watching video of a roller coaster! Saajidah is a senior at Atlanta Girls School and this was her first experience engineering software.
Custom Color Maker, Marilynn Huret. App Inventor provides twelve built-in colors; this app helps App Inventor developers create custom colors for use in their apps. Developed by Marilynn Huret, Crossword expert and app developer extraordinaire.
Starband, Steve Marcus-- This "space trading and exploration" game is loosely based on the 1984 game Elite. Steve Marcus has been programming with App Inventor since its inception and was previously a Web/Html programmer. The zip file for this app won't load due to its size, but you can get to the APK here.
Quotes from Participants
Arjun Kumar, EZ School Bus K-8 First place
Marilynn Huret, Custom Color Maker, Honorable Mention
Duke Bonaventura, Health Record, Open Division First Place
Jack Gordon, Reading Log for Kids, K-8, Second Place
Salvatore Pirrera, Photo Shopping, Honorable Mention
Napu Taitano, Comic Mania, Honorable Mention
Joe Hammons, Edupool, 2nd Place Open Division