Smartphones have revolutionalized the way we work, live, and communicate. Smartphone application programs (also known as Apps) have not only made our lives easier, they also add fun to our lives and have therefore significantly improved our life quality. The USTAC 2014 aims to provide a chance to undergraduate/postgraduate students of HKUST to showcase their creativity and talent through an exciting programming contest on the Android smartphone platforms. The contest also serves as a valuable chance to promote teamwork and to improve leadership skills in the process of developing high quality mobile application programs.
The contest will be held at the end of January in
2015 in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Interested
HKUST undergraduate/postgraduate students are required to register in
teams of 2-4 members together with at most one HKUST Alumnus as the team
advisor. Check the registration link for more registration related
information.Teams successfully registered on or before the deadline can
submit a 2-page proposal each through the proposal link before the proposal submission
deadline on 13th November, 2014. The proposals will be carefully
and shortlisted teams will be invited to join the contest. You are required to present and demonstrate the finished application program on the contest day. Should your application program require any special equipment (phone docks for example) for the demonstration, you need to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org before registration so that we could evaluate to see whether we could support it. Registration of the teams will start in August 2014. Shortlisted teams will be announced in December 2014. The important dates of the contest are listed below:
The contest will be held on a weekday at the end of January, 2015. The contest will consist of two rounds. Each competing team is required to develop an original piece of Android application program. The application program could include any public library as deemed necessary by the team memebers. Acknowledgement must be made if any third party library/resource is involved. Each team is required to showcase their application program through a brief presentation and a promotional poster to the judges. The judges will nominate five teams to the second round of the contest. The five teams will demonstrate their application programs and make a thorough presentation of the programs to the judges in the second round. The judges will rate the teams according to the quality of the presentation and the demonstration. Further details regarding the judges, rules, awards, time and venue of the contest will be announced soon.
The Android Developer Tools
To do Android programming on your computer, you need to install the Android Software Developement Kit (SDK) and Eclipse IDE. There are number of things you may wish to check:
[Optional] If you already have an existing Eclipse Java IDE, and would like to install the SDK to it, you could refer to find the detailed instructions at http://developer.android.com/sdk/installing.html
[Optional] You can also try the Android Studio (instead of the Android Development Tool, ADT, you installed in the above steps.). This is a early access preview of Android development environment and several features are yet to be completed: http://developer.android.com/sdk/installing/studio.html