Learn Objective-C and make an iOS App in less than a week then present it to the RIT community while competing for awesome prizes.

Looking for this year's event?  Check out the 2015 RIT iOS App Challenge.


If you're interested in learning Objective-C or improving your existing knowledge, this is the coding competition for you.  We're planning training sessions to provide you with a crash course to learn the language and Xcode.  We'll have Apple engineers on-site in the evenings for office hours if you get stuck or have technical questions.  This is also an awesome opportunity for you to add a project to your resume and then get your resume reviewed by an Apple recruiter.  The top team will win a MacBook Air for each member of the team.

If you don't want to participate but instead just want to watch the final demos and awards ceremony, reserve a ticket.

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$8,391 in prizes

First Place

13" MacBook Air 256GB for each team member (up to 3)

Second Place

128GB iPad Air (Wi-Fi) for each team member (up to 3)

Audience Choice

128GB iPad Mini with Retina display (Wi-Fi) for each team member (up to 3)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Registration is restricted to currently enrolled (as of January 29, 2014) students of the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Students from other area 4-year universities may be allowed to participate; e-mail challenge@apple.com for details.


Submit a working .xcodeproj with all supporting files, zipped up, to ChallengePost with your submission before the deadline.  A logo or icon representing your app is also required as part of the submission.  Your app will be compiled on our computers and pre-installed on an iPad for the final awards ceremony.

How to enter

Click the link to register here then watch your e-mail for updates.  If you don't want to participate but instead just want to watch the final demos and awards ceremony, reserve a ticket.


iOS App Challenge Judges

iOS App Challenge Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Originality of idea
  • Technically challenging implementation
  • Final demo and presentation