Mobile app design contest held at Innovation Park

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

Innovation Park, a facility known for holding events that center on new ideas, is hosting one they have never done before.

It is known as the Notre Dame and AT&T Mobile App Hack-a-Thon. The event began at 6 p.m. Friday and runs about 24 hours.

More than 50 people are taking part in the Hack-a-Thon which challenges participants to come up with and create a mobile app.

They start off in a big group to pitch their ideas and, after picking the best ones, they break off into smaller teams to develop that app.

Since participants are only given about 24 hours to complete the task, pillows and food certainly filled the room.

“For AT&T it's really more about the education and the community and that's really how I kind of couch these events,” said David Brenner -- executive director Innovation Park. “Sure AT&T could profit off of this stuff, but that was actually a major sticking point for me where I didn't want AT&T to come in as that kind of a big brother type thing. It's really more about the individual developer, the community and helping set up the environment with the development support, the university support, the students, bringing in the correct mix of people.”

Each team will present their ideas around 4 p.m.

NewsCenter16 has been told that close to $10,000 worth of prizes will be handed out. The grand prize is a trip to the AT&T Foundry in Texas where the winning team will tour the facilities and meet with senior executives.

That will go to the group that designs the Best Notre Dame Student App.

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