iOS Programming Project to Impress


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 3, 2011
Hey guys, I know this has been asked many times on many forums. But I would like some fresh input. I am 16 years old on my second year in college and would like to attend Stanford's Summer EPGY program this summer. I would like to write a program that will blow Stanford's admission staff for the program away. So any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I am okay with Obj-C. I am very good at C#. Any Ideas would be awesome!


macrumors 65816
Dec 16, 2010
I kind of think this is cheating. One of the skills you should develop/possess is to be able to look at a market or situation and by thinking out of the box be able to see an opportunity for an app.

So look around you. Look at your personal life, your personal interests, your social situation, etc. Can you see an opportunity for an app?

And I mean really think and be creative, don't just reapply an existing idea.


macrumors G3
Nov 26, 2007
I believe admission staff to the schools of that nature are looking for some real individuality. They're looking for passion. An app they'd like would be one that you were like, "Hey, I have this need, there'll be a lot of apps for it on the app store..." few searches later, "Holy crap, no one else has actually made this yet. I absolutely have to learn how to program so I can make this app that no one else has."

So, I'd suggest thinking about the kinds of apps that you'd like to buy, except they're not for sale because no one has made them yet, and then go make that.

For me... I made an agenda program capable of learning my class schedule based on when I entered things into it. That was enough to blow away the Eagle Scout board, but I suspect their standards are a good deal lower than Stanford's. I've not released the app ever, because I never polished it enough to do so, but I demonstrated it in person on my own iPhone.
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