CDCA Launches 7th Annual Student Mobile App Competition


The Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA), a nonprofit focused on the preservation and growth of the defense and technology related industries in the Charleston and Lowcountry regions, is now accepting submissions for its 7th Annual Student Mobile App Competition.  The contest is open to middle school to college students throughout the Southeast. A recent economic report from Darla Moore School of Business at University of South Carolina (USC) revealed that Charleston is one of the leading defense and technology hubs in the U.S., contributing $10.6 billion to the overall $24.1 billion annual economic impact for South Carolina.

The focus of the Mobile App Competition is to stimulate creative thinking and promote the entrepreneurial spirit while offering development support, marketing expertise, mentorship, and guidance for the participating students. The competition will accept creative ideas for unique applications that are able to run on either iOS phone or Android platforms. Entries will be evaluated on the scope of problem addressed by the application, ease-of-use, and positive user experience.

Winners are announced during the CDCA Defense Summit (Formerly C5ISR Summit). This year’s annual event is scheduled for Dec. 5-8, 2017 in Charleston, SC. The conference brings together more than 1,500 industry leaders in technology, defense, health care and other organizations focused on driving innovation in the defense industry.  The event connects app competitors to companies participating in the Summit. In turn, past winners have received scholarships and job offers from their exposure to potential employers.

“The contest was a great experience for me,” said last year’s winner, DeJean Dunbar of Charleston Southern University.  “By participating I acquired valuable skills in building an app to solve a business challenge from the ground up. I also received insights into what companies are looking for in future employees. As a result of this contest, I found a passion for technology, my future career path and job interviews.”

Judging criteria reviews the scope of problem addressed by the application, ease-of-use, and positive user experience. Applicants are encouraged to make applications intuitive. Additional materials may be submitted to explain the application’s use. Judges’ decisions are final.


Oct 27, 2017:  Deadline for Letter of Intent

Online submissions can be submitted on the CDCA website HERE.

Nov 15, 2017, 11:59pm EST:  Deadline for submitting the app and any supporting materials

Dec 6, 2017:  Winners announced at the CDCA Defense Summit

WHO:  The competition is open to individuals or teams of Middle, High School, and full-time, undergraduate and graduate college students.

RULES & REGULATIONS: Full list of terms and conditions can be found HERE.

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Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) is an association of organizations and individual professionals dedicated to preserving, highlighting and continuing to grow the defense industry and its affiliated-organizations in Charleston, South Carolina, and its immediate surrounding region.  Since its inception in December 2002, the CDCA has worked to address issues facing the continually changing landscape that is Charleston’s defense industry presence and ensure that it continues to be a thriving, sustained business opportunity in Charleston, South Carolina.

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