Syracuse, NY-- October 18, 2013. Polaris Library Systems today announces the launch of the Polaris App Challenge, aimed to spark the creation of unique software applications for library staff and patrons.
The Polaris App Challenge is an idea-based contest, encouraging participants throughout the state of New York to design an app to either streamline staff workflow or excite patrons to visit and utilize the library in new ways.
The contest does not require participants to develop and code an application, but rather design screen mock-ups to show the user experience. Apps can be designed for an Internet browser, smartphone or tablet, and should include a supporting document explaining the features and benefits the app will bring to patrons or staff in the library.
"As new trends emerge, engaging our community allows us to gain a new perspective on what patrons want out of their library experience," said Andy Gorelik, vice president, Polaris Library Systems. "The Polaris App Challenge will allow us to better understand how the library is valued and we look forward to seeing unique concepts and exciting new ideas for library applications."
Entries for the Polaris App Challenge will be accepted through January 12, 2014. Participants can register individually or as a team of up to five members, with the team leader residing in the state of New York. Monetary prizes will be given to the top three individuals or teams with the most creative, user-friendly applications, in the amount of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000.
Polaris highly encourages participants to visit their local library for inspiration as they design and submit their entries. Those interested in participating in the contest can find additional information about the Polaris App Challenge by visiting http://www.polarislibrary.com/contests.