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AppBox Beta launches the University 'App-rentice'

Students have opportunity to develop app and business plan with cash prize of £3,250

Posted by Hannah Oakman | October 15, 2015 | Higher education

In a bid to uncover and nurture the brightest technology minds in Britain’s universities, mobile application software company, AppBox Beta (a trading name of AppBox Media) has teamed up with London university gaming societies to launch the ‘App-rentice’, an app development competition. 

The competition aims to provide students with the opportunity to design, build, develop and market their app ideas, allowing them to develop their combined creative and business skills. 

The competition is currently partnering with three London Universities – Westminster, Queen Mary’s and Kings College but is open via university gaming societies across the UK and internationally. 

The apps will be published on the App Store and the winner will be the team whose app has received the most downloads over a period of six weeks. Each team will receive 50% of the profits for their app ad infinitum.

The career-boosting competition will see the winning team receive a cash prize of £2,500, with the second and third placed teams each receiving £500 and £250 respectively.

Every team that enters will have the opportunity to work with and receive expert advice and guidance from one of AppBox Media’s project managers. The founders, developers and project managers have a proven track-record, on the design and build side, at a number of worldwide organisations including Universal Pictures, Motorola, Toshiba, SEGA, and Fujitsu. 

AppBox Media has created the competition to encourage the development of technology talent in the UK, which is widely recognized as a world leader in technological innovation. It is now considered the biggest tech hub in Europe and the second most important after the US.

Andrew Freebrey, vice president of the Westminster University gaming society, said, “Like many of our students I am aspiring to enter the computer games industry. To receive very real experience developing a game, will really help us to develop and enhance our practical skills in preparation for going into the commercial world as well as provide a project to add to our portfolios. Whether you are studying technology related degrees or not, given the rate of growth of this sector I’d urge anyone to put a team together and enter the competition.”

The competition runs from 12 October 2015 with final registrations due by 23 November 2015.  Deadline for final submissions is 04 January 2016. Downloads details will be verified, and the winning teams announced on 15 February 2016. Full details can be found at www.appboxbeta.com

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