Texas Tech Hosts Mobile App Competition

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

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 http://ttuappathon.com.

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