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Three New Jersey Universities Now Accepting Submissions to the New Jersey Apps Challenge: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Stevens and Rutgers Open Mobile Apps Development Comp

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Stevens Institute of Technology and Rutgers University are now accepting submissions to the New Jersey Apps Challenge, a mobile apps competition designed to spur homegrown innovation in New Jersey. 

"The New Jersey Apps Challenge brings focus to an area that we believe to be so important that it is one on NJIT's three strategic priorities," said Dr. Joel Bloom president of NJIT.  "The convergence of high speed wireless networking, inexpensive mobile devices and cloud based computing resources that we call ‘Digital Everyware http://www.njit.edu/president/annualreport/2012/3-digital-everyware.pdf’ opens the door to innovative use of IT in market segments yet to be defined - creating new companies and new jobs for the future.”

Donald H. Sebastian, PhD, senior vice president for research and development, explained further: “With nearly 1500 students enrolled in NJIT’s College of Computing Sciences http://ccs.njit.edu/ and over 500 more in related university programs, dozens of new faculty work in IT and almost half of the 90 incubator companies based in NJIT’s Enterprise Development Center http://www.njit-edc.org/  and our  NJ-HITEC http://www.njhitec.org/ driving IT reform in the healthcare community, Newark will  play an important role in fostering growth of the new App-economy.”

Through Dec. 31, 2012, students, faculty members and recent graduates from the three universities are invited to submit built-from-scratch mobile apps for a variety of platforms.  Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges and winners will be selected based on several metrics, including overall utility and potential commercial success.  The overall winner will be rewarded with the opportunity to pitch his or her idea to Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley.

The New Jersey Apps Challenge was formally announced on April 11, 2012 by U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski.  To submit a mobile app to the New Jersey Apps Challenge and for further information on rules and eligibility, visit www.stevens.edu/news/content/nj-apps-challenge.

In 2010, http://www.njit.edu/news/2010/2010-107.php NJIT received $23 million in federal grant money to start NJ-HITEC (New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center) to assist New Jersey’s health care providers in their significant use of health information technology.  Today NJ-HITEC is the physician’s trusted advisor in the timely delivery of high quality healthcare through the selection, implementation, and achievement of meaningful use of an accredited Electronic Health Record (EHR) system.

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.