Notre Dame, Harvard, and Florida State — Oh My! // Appathon Takeover Weekend

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On Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th, students teams from the University of Notre Dame, Harvard University, and Florida State University turned their campuses into headquarter locations for the Modo Appathon™, a national student competition to create mobile apps that enhance life on campus. Nearly 100 students, from all different majors and technical skill levels, took advantage of this great opportunity to try out mobile app making.

14590474_338642803151113_4123505651781877271_nAt each location, students worked through the weekend to turn their unique app ideas into reality utilizing Modo Labs’ no-code Kurogo Publisher platform. Modo team members were on hand to answer questions and help students along the way, but it was the students themselves who created each of their own apps. The winning team from each school will be entered into the national competition for a chance to win $10,000. The national winner will be announced at this year’s EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA on Thursday, October 27 at 4:30pm.

A special thanks goes to both Uber and General Electric for generously supporting the Appathon and being on site at Harvard to lend a hand with judging.

Here are some highlights:

Harvard University

IMG_1819There was no shortage of great ideas at Harvard and it was inspiring to see the apps take shape in such a short time. Top honors went to Team Appid Fire, made up of impromptu members Caitlin Ner, an Economics and Psychology major; Javier Cuan-Martinez, a Computer Science major; Catherine Bosquet; and Tajrean Rahman, who is Undecided.  Here’s what students from the winning team had to say:

“The Appathon gave me a chance to create an app without a strong computer science background. All I had was a desire to try new things and an idea that I strongly believed could benefit Harvard,” said Caitlin Ner.  She added,”My favorite part of the event was seeing ideation lead to implementation for my team’s app within just two days.”

Many thanks to our sponsors, Modo Labs, General Electric, and Uber.

Many thanks to our sponsors, Modo Labs, General Electric, and Uber.

“I especially enjoyed that the Appathon focused on solving problems on Harvard’s campus, so it is nice knowing that we could make something that would affect our immediate environment,” said Javier Cuan-Martinez. “My favorite part was meeting new people that I have never come in contact with. I signed as a solo participant, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team than the one that I was assigned.”

IMG_2560_v2Freshman, Tajrean Rahman, wanted to set the record straight, “I am by no means the most tech savvy person on the planet, if anything my technological prowess extends as far as calling customer service. But despite this, I wanted to explore and branch out in college, to keep an open mind and try new things even if I didn’t exactly excel at them. I entered the Appathon on a whim, and I can say with full confidence that it’s been one of the best highlights of freshmen year so far.”

The decision for second place was a tough one as many of the teams were able to put their great ideas into action, yet honors went to Team G, with members Mina Gadalla and Soeren Brandt, both PhD candidates in Physics.

Florida State University

image2Even a hurricane couldn’t keep the students at Florida State away from the Appathon.  Each day started bright and early with students arriving by 8am and working non-stop until the room shut down at 5pm. From a total of twelve teams, the first place winner selected was team Yo Infinite Loop, with team members Ana Sanchez, an Entrepreneurship major, Shannen Bravo-Brown, and Kamryx Davis, a Retail Merchandising and Product Development major.

14572911_338642949817765_6799296295511022031_n“I did not have everything figured out but I knew what I wanted to communicate,” said Ana Sanchez, an international student from Venezuela, “It’s amazing how different minds can combine to create great things.”

The second place team chosen was A Team Has No Name, with team members Rachel Murray, Adrian Muresan, and Ibrahim Atiya.

University of Notre Dame

IMG_1872Notre Dame is a leader in providing an amazing mobile experience on its campus so it is no surprise that students were eager to become engaged in the process. Students from all backgrounds came together for a busy weekend of making great apps. The winning team, Mary’s View, was made up of Kaitlyn DeHerrera, a Neuroscience and Behavior major, and Meklit Zenabu Kebede, a Biochemistry major.

“Being freshmen, I honestly didn’t think that my team would win, but I still felt that we had a great idea, something that we ourselves wished that we had as students at Notre Dame,” shared Kaitlyn DeHerrera.

IMG_1863Her teammate, Meklit Zenabu Kebede, share similar sentiments, “My partner and I entered the appathon because we believed that we had an idea that was very necessary to have for our campus and we genuinely wanted our idea to be implemented for the benefit of the Notre Dame community even if we didn’t win.” Adding, “My favorite thing about the competition was seeing all the great apps that every team presented.”

The second place team, NoChill, was a one-man-show: Nicholas Carroll, a Computer Engineering major.

Andrew guarding the big checks!

Andrew Yu, Modo Labs’ Founder, guarding the big checks!

All first place teams received $3000 and all second place teams received $1500.

Stay tuned next week for an update from the final Appathon taking place at Arizona State University, and then it’s on to Nationals for all our winning teams.


Thanks to all participating teams, host schools, and our sponsors: Modo Labs, Uber, and General Electric!


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  • Scott Bohr

    10/13/2016 at 2:27am

    I was wondering Where we can find the other pictures taken from this event. I was a participant of team “Memberberries” at Florida State and Would like to download the pictures taken of me and my group!

  • Amelia Morrill

    10/13/2016 at 12:54pm

    Hi Scott, Florida State posted a great photo album on Facebook:



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