The Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA), a

nonprofit organization focused on the preservation and growth of the defense and technology-related

industries in the Charleston and Lowcountry regions, announced today they are now accepting

submissions for thier 7th Annual Student Mobile App Competition. The contest is open to middle

school to college students throughout the Southeast. A recent economic report from Darla

Moore School of Business at University of South Carolina (USC), revealed that Charleston is one of

the leading defense and technology hubs in the U.S., contributing $10.6 billion to the overall

$24.1 billion annual economic impact for South Carolina.

Mobile App Competition winners are announced during the CDCA Defense Summit (Formerly

C5ISR Summit). This year’s annual event is scheduled for Dec. 5-8, 2017 in Charleston, SC. The

conference brings together more than 1,500 industry leaders in technology, defense, healthcare

and other organizations focused on driving innovation in the defense industry. The event

connects app competitors to companies participating in the Summit. In turn, past winners have

received scholarships and job offers from their exposure to potential employers.

“The contest was a great experience for me,” said last year’s winner, DeJean Dunbar of

Charleston Southern University. “By participating I acquired valuable skills in building an app to

solve a business challenge from the ground up. I also received insights into what companies are

looking for in future employees. As a result of this contest, I found a passion for technology, my

future career path and job interviews.”

WHAT: CDCA’s 7th Annual Student Mobile App Competition

Judging criteria reviews the scope of problem addressed by the

application, ease-of-use and positive user experience. Applicants are

encouraged to make applications intuitive. Additional materials may

be submitted to explain the application’s use. Judges’ decisions are

final.

WHEN: Oct 27, 2017: Deadline for Letter of Intent.

Online submissions can be submitted on the CDCA website HERE.

Nov. 15, 2017, 11:59pm EST: Deadline for submitting the app and any

supporting materials.

Dec. 6, 2017: Winners announced at the CDCA Defense Summit.

WHERE: For more information email: AppChallenge@charlestondca.org.

WHO: The competition is open to individuals or teams of Middle, High

School and full-time undergraduate and graduate college students.

RULES & REGULATIONS: Full list of terms and conditions can be found here.

About Charleston Defense Contractors Association:

Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) is an association of organizations and

individual professionals dedicated to preserving, highlighting and continuing to grow the

defense industry and its affiliated-organizations in Charleston, South Carolina and its

immediate surrounding region. Since its inception in December 2002, the CDCA has worked to

address issues facing the continually changing landscape of Charleston’s defense industry

presence and ensures that it continues to be a thriving, sustained business opportunity in

Charleston, South Carolina. For further information, visit us at http://www.charlestondca.org/.

Media Contact:

Michelle Van Jura

Intersect Communications for CDCA

310.420.4062

michelle@intersectcom.com