For Teachers

The Maine App Challenge is an incredible opportunity open to Maine middle school and high school students 13 years of age and older to create a mobile application with a chance to win a scholarship and other valuable rewards. There are three scholarships available for the top mobile apps: $6,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.

The Maine App challenge awards $500 to the Maine high school with the most teams submitting an eligible entry.

Other awards include:

  • Rewards to the first 50 completed submissions
  • Oculus VR Headsets to the top 20 submissions

In recent years, teachers have challenged and encouraged their students to participate in this opportunity by offering it as extra credit or as a graded project. In addition to all the great prizes, creating an app is a substantial and significant way for your students to build their resumes and college application.

Tyler has a strong and knowledgeable team who visit classrooms across Maine to provide more information on the Challenge. We are currently scheduling virtual classroom visits to help you promote the contest and excite your students! Please email us at to schedule a visit or to learn more information.

All submissions will remain the property of the challenge participant. 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. The Maine App Challenge strives to further develop the skills of young people interested in the software development field.

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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