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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is Tyler Technologies?
    Tyler Technologies is a leading provider of end-to-end information management solutions and services for local governments. Tyler partners with clients to empower the public sector — cities, counties, schools and other government entities — to become more efficient, more accessible and more responsive to the needs of citizens. Tyler’s client base includes more than 15,000 local government offices in all 50 states, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and other international locations. Consistently named one of the Best Places to Work in Maine, Tyler has more than 500 employees located in Yarmouth, Falmouth and Bangor.

  • Who can participate in the Maine App Challenge?
    Participants must be (i) at least 13 years old as of the date of the submission, (ii) a Maine resident, and (iii) taking high school level classes (public, private and home school students are all eligible).  Children and step-children of, and/or students living in the same household as, a Tyler or Educate Maine employee or Maine App Challenge judge, are not eligible to participate.   

  • When do I enter?
    The contest is now is open and the submission period ends at 11:59 p.m.on May 18, 2020. All times are EST. Make sure you sign up to receive regular MAC 2020 email updates.

  • Do I have to be a programmer or entrepreneur to enter?
    Absolutely not! Visit our Getting Started page to see how to get an app up and running in no time!

  • What are the submission requirements?
    For more information on submission requirements, please visit the Submit Your App page.

  • What kind of ideas should I be looking for?
    Informational: Provides specific information in an intuitive and easy-to-use interface to teach or inform the user
    Utility: Provides a service to the user based on a real-world need or scope of needs
    Game: Entertains the user while providing some sort of competition

  • Who is sponsoring this? Is this a new thing?
    Tyler Technologies, a local technology company, brings the latest tech to the public sector, including school districts in Maine. In cooperation with Project>Login and Educate Maine, Tyler’s Maine App Challenge provides the opportunity for Maine high school students to explore the world of software design and development. The challenge has been held annually since 2015.

  • Can I or my team get assistance from an adult?
    Students and student teams must fulfill the challenge requirements on their own. Adults, teachers and mentors may only serve in an advisory capacity, and need to be identified in the Participation, Consent and Release form and on the app's About page

  • Can I participate in the Maine App Challenge?
    The challenge is open to high school students who are over the age of 13 years in the State of Maine, and is sponsored by Tyler Technologies. Teams can be comprised of one, two or three students. Each team member is also required to complete and submit (or have a parent or legal guardian complete and submit) a participant consent form.

  • How will the submissions be judged and winners selected?
    Submissions will be judged on the criteria described in the rubric. A panel of judges will determine the winner.

  • What if I’m not 13-years-old but will be soon? Can I still participate?
    As long as you turn 13-years-old by the last day of submissions (May 18, 2020) you may participate. However, you may not make a submission, or send Tyler any of your personal information, until you have turned 13 years old. As an example, if you will be turning 13 on April 30, you must wait until that day to submit your app. You can enter your submission any time between now and May 20, 2019. If you are part of a team, you and your team will still need to wait to until you turn 13 to submit an entry.

  • What details should I know about the grand prize?
    Tyler’s goal is to provide Maine high schools students with the experience of designing, developing and demonstrating a mobile app for a chance to win a $6,000 scholarship. Scholarships in the amount of $3,000 and $1,000 will also be awarded to the first and second runners-up, respectively. Each prize will be divided equally among team members if a winning apps is submitted by a team.

  • Can I submit more than one entry? Can I be on more than one team?
    No. Each participant may only submit one entry; participants cannot submit as an individual and as part of a team. Participant may only be part of one team. Each team may only submit one entry.

  • Who owns what in the process?
    All submissions will remain the property of the challenge participants. Tyler Technologies hopes that by participating in the Maine App Challenge participants will be encouraged to further develop their skills and their submissions, and eventually bring those apps to market on their own, where feasible. The Maine App Challenge strives to further develop the skills of young people interested in the software development field.

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