Aruba’s 2nd Annual Location Services App Developer Challenge

By Tim Vanevenhoven, Blog Contributor
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Are creating mobile apps a passion? Are you up for a fun and rewarding challenge where you could walk away with a new iPhone X?


At Atmosphere 2017 in Nashville, we held our inaugural mobile app development challenge and as hinted, we are excited to announce that it's back for 2018! Like last year, the focus is on creating a new mobile app that uses location to improve an existing user experience, like looking for a conference room or finding a valuable asset. In addition to the Meridian Mobile Engagement solution, this year we are expanding the scope of tools at your disposal to include Aruba's asset tracking solution, Analytics and Location Engine (ALE), ClearPass, and Aruba Central as available components that you can leverage.

To participate in the challenge, submit an abstract of your idea (500 words or less) to by Thursday, November 30. If selected as a first-round finalist, you will have until February to implement your idea. We will provide access to required Aruba hardware and software at no cost based on the abstract.

Three semifinalists will receive airfare, hotel, and a pass to Atmosphere 2018 to present their idea to peers and Aruba team members and walk away with some additional prizes.

Below are all of the details. Good luck and hope to see you in Las Vegas!






The Contest Challenge: Using a combination of Meridian, Aruba Beacons, Aruba Tags, Aruba Analytics and Location Engine (ALE) and/or other Aruba products, like Aruba Central or Aruba ClearPass, build a mobile app that uses location to improve an existing use case by introducing your mobile workflow. Use one tool or a combination.

Example apps:

  • Smart office printing based on proximity
  • Automated attendance taking
  • Food and beverage ordering/pickup
  • Smart office efficiency through automation of lighting/heating
  • Location sharing of employees with visitors

Participation: Open to all US and Canadian Aruba Airheads and Aruba Partners (resellers and Meridian Engage). Note: Aruba employees and their families are not eligible.

Prizes: The top three entries will receive flight, hotel, and entry to Aruba Atmosphere in Las Vegas, NV from March 27-29, 2018. At Atmosphere, the semifinalists will present their design to a live audience and panel of judges. The panel of judges will select one winning entry that will receive an Apple iPhone X. Second and third place entries will each receive an Apple Watch 3.

Judging of the top three will be based on:

  • 30% Creativity
  • 30% Use of location services within the solution
  • 30% Execution/Implementation of mobile app
  • 10% Live presentation


  • All abstract submissions (500 words or less) are due by November 30, 2017.
  • Up to 10 first-round finalists will be notified by December 4, 2017.
    • First-round finalists will receive access to required Aruba hardware and software at no cost based on the abstract.
  • Semifinalists' submissions (a 3-5-minute video of their idea in action) are due by February 2, 2018.
  • The Top 3 finalists will be notified by February 9, 2018.
  • The winner will be chosen at Atmosphere 2018 March 27-29, 2018.

See the official rules here.

Tinkering with mobile apps a passion? Are you up for a fun and rewarding challenge?

Submit your abstract (500 words or less) to by November 30!