OK! Brainstorming mode: On!
I´m thinking a multiplayer hacking game, say 2-4 players. The main screen is the OS where you can load software to protect your own "computer" or attack another. The hardware controls how many apps you can have up and running at the same time, so the more you play, the more money you get and the more you can upgrade your computer. I´m thinking that the hardware is a speparate screen you can reach by swiping or something.
The OS consist of a number of slots where you can load software, the RAM can give you more slots and the processor upgrades the power of the hacking tools. So you have to raise money to upgrade your computer, while setting up your defense and nice attack combos. Oh, and you can have an messenging system with an e-mail look so you always can send taunting messages to your opponentets mid-game.
I´m not sure but I´m thinking the feeling of a card game, like Magic: the gathering. You build towards nice combos to penetrate the enemies defences. Someone might look impenetrable, but you send in a trojan to sneak peak and find a flaw, so you unleash some of your evil software to take him down. Then you get bonus money for bringing the opponents computer down and you get some bonus cash to upgrade your stuff. School project or not: I think it can be fun!