Code for the Mission Competition:
Team up with the Chancellor Application
The Code for the Mission Competition is pleased to announce Team up with the Chancellor, a special prize to develop a mobile application with Chancellor Gene Block. Broadly speaking, the Chancellor hopes the app will improve the quality of personal interactions during group meetings via advanced voice recognition and analysis. (More detail and information regarding the Chancellor's vision and idea for the app will be provided to applicants further along in the process.) While the app’s theme relates to Track 3 of the Code for the Mission Competition (Service: Promoting Community Engagement and Civil Discourse), the selection process and prize are separate.
Individuals and teams are invited to apply for Team up with the Chancellor, wherein they will develop Chancellor Block’s idea for a mobile application. Eligibility criteria for the prize is the same as that for the Code for the Mission Competition (https://codeforthemission.ucla.edu/details) save that the Chancellor’s is only open to current UCLA undergraduate and graduate students. The final team of up to 5 (five) students will be selected through a screening process done by Startup UCLA with final approval from UCLA’s Office of Intellectual Property. Chancellor Block’s team and app are not eligible for any of the $5,000 Code for the Mission Competition prizes awarded on September 15. Instead, each team member will be awarded $1,000 (a maximum total of $5,000 to a team with 5 members) to develop the app over the course of the summer leading up to the Code for the Mission Competition application deadline on August 31. (The $1,000 award will be divided into two payments of $500: the first payment will be dispensed in the last week of July 2016; the second payment dispensed in the last week of August 2016.)
Team up with the Chancellor is open to all current students, both undergraduate and graduate. Students with knowledge of and backgrounds in voice, language, and sound recognition and analysis are encouraged to apply. Because this is a project based upon intellectual property (IP) created by the Chancellor and students selected for the project will be compensated ($1,000 per student, maximum 5 students) for their efforts, any and all software or other IP created by the selected team for the purpose of this prize will be owned by UCLA. Please note that this is different from the University’s policies on ownership for student created IP (in most instances, everything that a student creates as part of a class [e.g. a paper, software, artwork] or on their own time is owned by the student). Students on the selected team are allowed and encouraged to list and describe whatever they create in their resume, portfolio, and elsewhere as a representation of their work. If the team completes a finished app during the term of the competition which then goes into the UCLA App store, the contributing team members may be eligible to share in the project commercially
Chancellor Block will meet with the selected team at least twice to provide guidance on the development of the app.
All members of the final selected team are required to attend the meetings with Chancellor Block, on May 19 and July 26.
The selected team will be required to meet with Blackstone LaunchPad at UCLA staff on a bi-weekly basis to ensure they are meeting milestones for completing the app by the August 31 deadline.
Chancellor Block and the Blackstone LaunchPad at UCLA staff reserve the right to make any final decisions regarding the app or its development.
Application deadline: May 1, 11:59 PM PST
Interviews with selected teams and individuals: May 4 – 11
Chancellor’s team finalized and notified by: May 15
1st meeting with Chancellor: May 19
2nd meeting with Chancellor: July 26
Submission deadline: August 31, 5:00 PM PST
Please fill out the following application to be considered for Code for the Mission Competition's Team up with the Chancellor prize. All applications must abide by the Official Rules of the Code for the Mission Competition.