Workshops for Maine App Challenge

Building a mobile app takes an innovative mindset, and we want to make sure you have the background you need to succeed. That’s why we’re so pleased to partner with the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Innovation to help you take your app to the next level by participating in a series of free, 45-minute innovation workshops.

The workshops are the first step in the pathway to earning a University of Maine System Innovation Micro-Credential – and they are an important piece of the Maine App Challenge’s judging rubric. You don’t want to miss them! Register today to watch the workshops live, or review the recordings at a later date.

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Innovation Workshop 1: Brainstorming 101

Instructor: Matthew Hodgkin, Innovation Lecturer, University of Maine

Learn proven techniques to stimulate your mind and help you create meaningfully unique ideas.

Innovation Workshop 2: Discovering What the Customer Wants

Instructor: Veena Dinesh, Director of Business Incubation, University of Maine

Learn how to do market research to help you create an app that solves the real challenges of your users.

Innovation Workshop 3: Prototyping

Instructor: Jason Bolton, Academic Director of Innovation Engineering, University of Maine

Learn how to build mock-ups of your app as part of the design phase.

Innovation Workshop 4: Testing

Instructor: Renee Kelly, Assistant Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development, University of Maine

Learn how to design tests that will help you optimize the design and functionality of your app.

Innovation Workshop 5: Pitching

Instructor: Veena Dinesh, Director of Business Incubation, University of Maine

Learn how to communicate your app’s benefits through a strong pitch that will get the attention of potential users, partners, or investors.

Looking for more information?

Check out our judging rubric to learn what you will need to complete your submission.

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What is STEAM?

Jobs in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) are lucrative; yet, only 20 percent of U.S. high school graduates are prepared for college-level coursework in these majors. In fact, fewer than half of the schools in the U.S. offer computer science classes – and in Maine, the only requirement to being a computer science teacher is to have a Maine State teacher certificate. That’s why it is so important for everyone in Maine, not just educators, to work together to provide all students with an introduction to STEAM through programs like the Maine App Challenge.

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