On Saturday, October 1st, students from the George Washington University gathered in the Science and Engineering Hall on campus to kickoff the first-ever Great Mobile Appathon, a national competition to create mobile apps that enhance student life on campus.
Over the weekend, students diligently worked in one of GW’s state-of-the-art lab spaces; and in a matter of hours, they transformed their unique app ideas into reality, utilizing Modo Labs’ no-code Kurogo Publisher platform. Modo mobile experts Dan Jamara and Morag “Mogs” Charlton were on hand to answer questions and help students along the way.
Competition was tight, but the four judges came to a unanimous decision in crowning the first place winner: Team Megabyte, Matthew Powers and Daniella Morrison, won the $3,000 local first place prize, bragging rights, and the chance to have their winning idea integrated into GW’s official campus app. Their app will also be entered in a national competition to be judged against winners from other universities for a chance to win $10,000. Matthew and Daniella are Business Analytics and Communications majors respectively.
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“I’ve have always been interested in mobile technology and never applied to previous app competitions held by the university; and [I] just really wanted to participate this time since I’m now in my last year at GW,” said Matthew. “The funny thing is that I was initially going to enter the competition with another friend, but she wasn’t able to meet up to fill out the application, so I reached out to Daniella last minute to see if she would be willing to do it with me.”
Daniella, meanwhile, had some experience building an app. “I spent the summer before my junior year interning at a small venture capital firm in LA, working to create a start-up app,” she said. “The GW app is something I’ve used since I got to GW, and we wanted to take on the challenge to add a function that will make it easier for students to [manage their day-to-day activities].”
Winning was certainly a highlight for the dynamic duo, but both Matthew and Daniella said they enjoyed seeing their peers unveil their work. “Each team had really great ideas and seeing how everyone utilized and envisioned the same program in their own way was really cool to see,” said Daniella.
Team ISTM, Sarah AlMalik, Sarah AlGhamdi, and Rawan AlHussain, all Information System Technology Management majors snagged the second place prize, taking home $1,500.
In addition to creating their apps, participants enjoyed free food, free swag, and a friendly Twitter challenge to see who could tweet the most throughout the weekend.
A special thanks goes out to Mark Albert, Director, University Web & Identity Services, Division of Information Technology at the George Washington University, for working with Modo to create a successful event at GW. Stay tuned for our next blog update. The appathon continues this weekend at Florida State University, Harvard University, and University of Notre Dame, and wraps up at Arizona State University the following weekend. See the full schedule here.
The national winner will be announced at this year’s EDUCAUSE Annual Conference on October 27th.BACK TO BLOG