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What is the Rocket APT Challenge?

The Rocket APT Challenge was inspired by the Rocket Software Rocket.Build event for internal developers. This annual hackathon gives team members a forum to try out wild ideas and push the boundaries of their development skills. The Rocket APT Challenge encourages young developers from outside the organization to explore the Rocket MultiValue application platform in this same spirit.

The mission is to design a program or application built on Rocket’s MultiValue application platform in support of a theme. This year’s theme is Improve your Community. Apart from adherence to the theme, there are no restrictions, and entrants are free to innovate to the limits of their imaginations.

There are three regional contests: Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas. In April 2019, the top three individuals from each region will be awarded a cash prize of:

  • $1,000 (USD) - third place
  • $2,500 (USD) - second place
  • $5,000 (USD) - first place

The nine winners will also be awarded an expenses-paid trip to Massachusetts, USA in June 2019 to participate in Rocket.Build 2019, where they will compete in regional teams to decide the global winner of the Rocket APT Challenge. The winning team will share a grand prize of $24,000 (USD).

The Rocket APT Challenge is open to undergraduate students 18 years of age or older who are currently studying engineering, science, or technology at an accredited college or university in Europe, Asia-Pacific, or the Americas. Registration for this global competition begins in October 2018 and runs for 60 days.

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Why you should participate

Why Should You Participate?

If your business is built on MultiValue software, you need to think about preparing for the future. Developers with MultiValue skills are rare, and as your senior staff members retire, you may find it difficult to hire replacements. One way to ensure a stream of talent for the future is to introduce students to MultiValue today. By making students aware of the platform, encouraging them to learn it, and offering internships so they can gain real-world experience, you help groom the next generation of MultiValue developers. What's more, in a tight job market where you compete for scarce resources, a student with knowledge of MultiValue is more likely to be interested in your open jobs.

Students who participate in the Challenge may carry your business forward in the future, which makes support for the Rocket APT Challenge a sound investment.

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How is it funded?

Rocket Software and APT are jointly sponsoring the Rocket APT Challenge. The entire Rocket MultiValue community stands to benefit from the Rocket APT Challenge, and we are pulling together to make it a success.

Rocket is not only a financial sponsor for the Challenge; it will also supply participants with the MultiValue application platform in the cloud, along with other necessary software, sample programs, and more. Rocket will also support students on their quest for the prize, promote the event, provide marketing materials, and manage registration. Finally, Rocket will look after the nine finalists as honored guests while they’re at Rocket.Build.

APT is a financial sponsor, and the developer and provider of the Rocket APT Challenge website used to drive and support participation in the Challenge. Through the website, potential participants will learn more about and register for the Challenge.

Participating regional partners will each contribute $5,000 (USD) towards the Challenge prizes.

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Student Journey

Interested students can learn more and sign up in the Student area of this website. Once registered, student participants will find all the materials they need to create a winning application. For inspiration, they can read about past winners and watch a demo of Eddie O’Donnell’s entry, Forage, a restaurant- comparison website that identifies restaurants in a given area according to the percentages of vegan, vegetarian, or dairy-free dishes on their menus.

Once registered, students will also gain access to the Rocket MultiValue application development platform and associated tools, along with an exhaustive library of resources to help them get up to speed quickly.

Finally, once accepted, student participants will have a sandbox development area of their own within the website.

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Partner Contributions
What partners contribue

This year’s Rocket APT Challenge is open to participants in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas. With a more global reach, we are recruiting partners to ensure a Challenge that is successful worldwide. We expect partners to create a plan to achieve success, including:

  • Promoting the Challenge
  • Connecting with colleges and universities to help us advertise and recruit students
  • Working with colleges and universities to identify student ambassadors to assist with recruiting participants
  • Creating internships where appropriate to encourage participation

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Connecting
How to connect with colleges and universities

The first step is to select your target institutions. We recommend that you select institutions with active computer science departments. If you have a staff member who is an active alumnus or who has a son or daughter in college, those institutions might be great targets. The most important success factors are an appropriate computer science program and a desire on the part of the institution to work with you.

Here are some suggestions for how to approach a school:

  • Establish Contact. Find a member of the staff who can act as an official point of contact; someone who can guide you through the process of promoting the event at the institution and has links to the computer science department. We suggest a staff contact rather than a professor. Staff will know the appropriate professors to work with and help keep you from wasting time. Establish these contacts before trying to recruit a student ambassador.
  • Career Center. Most institutions have a career office that works with employers, colleagues, parents and families of students, and graduates to help students find internships or jobs and build relationships.
  • Computer Science Department. Approach computer science departments directly. They may have their own placement staff or external event and project coordinators. Many schools list the details of their staff on their website, so you can determine who would be best to contact.
  • Computer Science Clubs. On-campus computer science clubs may have student organizers who can act as ambassadors. These organizations often meet on a regular basis to discuss issues related to the tech and software industries.
  • Scholarship Programs. Those programs that target computer science majors may be willing to encourage their recipients to act as ambassadors, or as competitors, to demonstrate unanticipated benefits of the scholarships.

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Marketing

Universities may have internal communication vehicles you can use to help you promote the Challenge. We will provide the Challenge graphic, and templates for social media, email, and a printed flyer. If partners need design assistance or would like support creating additional marketing materials not referenced above, please send your ideas to our Partner Manager, Kathy Larson at klarson@rocketsoftware.com.
 
Branding

We encourage partners to use the Challenge templates, or request assistance to customize local marketing materials as needed. The following methods are authorized representations of the Rocket APT Challenge branding.

In text, the Challenge is to be referred to as
Rocket APT Challenge

If you are using the supplied artwork, branding should appear as follows:
Rocket APT Challenge, a coding competition + Rocket Software and APT logos



And in situations where you wish to display your own logo, it should be in addition to the above, like this:

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Tracking Success

During the registration period, there will be a weekly meeting for participating partners so we can share best practices, address unexpected issues, and monitor ongoing activities related to registrations. This collaboration and learning will help us meet the goal of 100 participants worldwide, and help us improve future Challenge initiatives. We will collect data on, and discuss:

  • Which universities are participating
  • Successful methods used to reach students
  • Any obstacles that have been encountered
  • Number of registrations to date

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Timeline

September 2018: Internship offers confirmed by partners
September - October 2018: University staff contact and student ambassadors engaged
October 2018: Rocket APT Challenge registration opens
December 2018 Competition begins
March 2019: Development window closes
April 2019: Judging and announcement of regional winners
June 2019: Winners travel to Massachusetts, USA for Rocket.Build 2019

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Questions

A panel of Judges will focus on the following areas of your solution:

1) Community – Does your solution provide a clear value to the Community? Improving the lives of those in the Community; connecting the Community in new ways or extending the reach of the Community beyond its currently constraints or boundaries.

2) Innovation – Does your solution demonstrate an innovative way to solve a problem through its approach or implementation.

3) Design – Does your solution have an intuitive design making the solution easy to use and taking advantage of modern UX/UI standards.

4) Rocket – Does your solution make extensive use of the breadth of Rocket products supplied in the competition stack.
In April 2019, three winners will be selected from each region and will be awarded a cash prize. The third place winner will receive $1,000 USD, second place $2,500 USD, and the first-place winner will receive $5,000 USD. In addition, each of the nine winners will travel, expenses-paid, to Massachusetts in June of 2019 for Rocket.Build 2019, where they will see some of the world’s leading programmers in action. While at Rocket.Build, the regional winners will compete, in teams of 3, in the final round of the Rocket APT Challenge to decide the global team winner, which is a shared grand prize of $24,000 USD.
Rocket has technical support teams around the globe and we in addition to APT, will make select support team members available to you via a Slack channel (coming soon).
September 2018: Internship offers confirmed by partners
September - October 2018: University staff contact and student ambassadors engaged
October 2018: Rocket APT Challenge registration opens
December 2018: Competition begins
March 2019: Development window closes
April 2019: Judging and announcement of regional winners
June 2019: Winners travel to Massachusetts for Rocket.Build 2019

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