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What is the Rocket APT Challenge?

Are you pursuing a degree in technology, engineering, or science? Want to showcase your programming prowess? Sign up for the Rocket APT Challenge and you could win up to $5,000 (USD), the chance to compete for a share in the grand prize of $24,000 (USD), and an all-expenses-paid trip to Rocket.Build near Boston, Massachusetts, USA!

The Challenge uses the Rocket MultiValue application platform - a real-world application development platform used by thousands of well-known, large organizations around the world - which combines an embedded database and development platform, so you can easily create applications.

Not familiar with MultiValue? Not a problem. We provide the database and tools, and loads of resources so you can hit the ground running. All you need to do is apply your ingenuity and desire to succeed.

This year, the theme for your application is Improve Your Community.

Entering the Rocket APT Challenge is a great way to:

  • Enhance your job prospects

  • Build your resume and portfolio

  • Access internship opportunities

  • Win money


What's in it for me


The development process

Once you register, you'll be able to follow our example application - Forage

This sample solution shows you how a finalist from our inaugural year planned and designed his application. These steps are provided to help you get started in building your own innovative solution.


Last Year's Winners


Example Ideas


Development Platform
You'll be given access to a development environment - once registered please login below


Development tools
Use what you're comfortable with or try one of our suggestions

Rocket SB/XA

Fast-track your application development with SB/XA, a tool for building robust business solutions rapidly.

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Do you know Python? One of the most widely used open source community programming languages works with MultiValue.

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Rocket Web DE

The Rocket Web Development Environment (Web DE) is a tool to abstract data and business logic in server-side objects that follow industry standards for use in web and mobile applications.

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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.
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
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).

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