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Texas Tech Hosts Mobile App Competition

A winner will be chosen based on functionality, accessibility and sustainability.

Written by Megan Ketterer

Two colleges at Texas Tech University are partnering to hold their second annual Appathon where students engage in design and develop mobile applications.

The College of Media & Communication and Whitacre College of Engineering will hold the event from 7 p.m. Friday (Feb. 21) to 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 22) in the Livermore Center (Sixth Street and Canton Avenue).

Within 24 hours, teams of one to three people compete to create a mobile app through coding and designing. Each team will present their app to judges, who will choose a winner based on functionality, accessibility and sustainability.

“I was able to meet new people and explore technologies that I normally would not have,” said Sami Suteria, a member of the 2013 winning team. “The timed deadline made the experience of creating an app from scratch all the more exciting.”

The Appathon committee consists of four coordinators: Randy Reddick, a professor in the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media; Andrew Byrne, a web design specialist in the College of Media & Communication; Jeff Sammons, director of marketing and communications in the College of Engineering; and Audra Morse, associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Engineering.

The committee chose Study Abroad as the theme for creating the app.

“The Study Abroad theme should be exciting for students because it will give them a chance to think about not only designing an app, but how that app might work in another country,” Byrne said. “There are many logistical things that the Study Abroad program could benefit from that will bring a different perspective from a more direct app competition like last year.”

This year’s Appathon is sponsored by Laredo Petroleum, Inc., and Dominos and Fazoli’s who are donating food for the event.

For more information about the event or to register, visit


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College of Media & Communication
College of Media & Communication

College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech offers undergraduate degrees in various communications-related disciplines including:

The College also offers graduate degrees in communications to prepare students for careers in the communications industry, communications research and academia. Connect with them on and

Whitacre College of Engineering
The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering

The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering has educated engineers to meet the technological needs of Texas, the nation and the world since 1925.

Approximately 4,300 undergraduate and 725 graduate students pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees offered through eight academic departments: civil and environmental, chemical, computer science, electrical and computer, engineering technology, industrial, mechanical and petroleum.