App Challenge

Apps for us logoMany of us have considered how technology can help boost numeracy in the classroom, but how might it be boosted by technology that fits in with day-to-day life – for example on a smartphone?  As part of the Maths4Us initiative, we’re funding the development of an app for learners, to help improve adult numeracy in England – and we want you to be involved.

We’re asking teams made up of designers, tutors and learning providers to compete for a chance to be funded £60k to develop a national app.  The competition has 4 stages:

Stage 1:  Submit your name or team:  If you already have a team (see conditions below), you can submit right away by clicking here, otherwise submit your name to [email protected] or fill in the form here and we’ll try and find you some team mates.  Your team submission suggests the most basic outline of your app idea.

Stage 2:  A panel select the teams with the best ideas to attend our development day on March 4th, 2013 in Nottingham. During the day, teams draw up an idea and present it to a distinguished panel.  The panel then select three ideas to go forward

Stage 3: The three ideas chosen receive funding of around £3k to develop their idea to a “walkthrough” prototype, made up of screenshots and a detailed outline of functionality. This funding will cover time for all of the members of the team.

Stage 4:  The three paper prototypes are put to the public vote, accompanied by a strong marketing campaign.  The winning app is then given £60k to develop a fully working application. This funding will cover not only the development costs, but also the time of all members of the team in informing, researching, designing and testing the application.

Teams will be made up of:

  • An app designer and/or developer
  • A tutor or curriculum lead

A team can encompass the skills of limitless individuals, however only five may be involved on the development day, including the core minimum members.  It is envisaged that each of these five will bring different skills to the team.

You can find further guidance and application forms here.

Due to some technical problems, the deadline for submissions has been extended to Wednesday 27th February 2013, at 17:00GMT.