Weather delays event to March 6-7

The Third Annual TTU Appathon is postponed one week to March 6-7.  Because Texas Tech University closed down the campus under inclement weather Feb. 27, the Appathon is rescheduled for March 6-7. The Livermore Center will again be our gathering place, and check-in will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The committee organizing the event has secured facilities and is in the process of completing updated arrangements with food vendors, judges, and all others involved.

2015 event set Feb. 27-28


App builders confer during 2014 event

This year’s Appathon will begin Friday, Feb. 27 at the Livermore Center and conclude the following evening.

This event is hosted by the Texas Tech University  College of Media & Communication and the Texas Tech University Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering and has a number of sponsors. Participants will compete for prizes including GoPro cameras, iPad Minis,  Texas Tech parking passes and other prizes. An added event this year will be a series of app-building workshops during the month of February.

The theme for this year’s 24-hour app-building competition is “Where Is … ?” Competitors are encouraged to fill in the blank, but are reminded this is a Tech-centered competition.

Veteran counsels participants

Advance registration for the 2015 Appathon closed Wednesday with nearly four dozen persons signed up either as team members or persons seeking a team. Veteran Appathon participant Corbin Black has compiled a list of things participants should bring with them:

  • Laptop
  • Cables for monitors
  • Chargers( laptop, cellphone, anything you use)
  • Powerstrips
  • Extension cords
  • Jackets
  • Paper and Pen
  • A pillow
  • Light snacks (we will be feeding you a lot, but having a powerbar never hurt anyone )
  • Flashdrives
  • Mousepad if you are using a mouse
  • Headphones

Participants are encouraged to come early and sign-in. The registration desk opens at 6:30, and persons seeking to join or to create a team can use the extra time to get acquainted. You will need a valid student ID to be eligible for the competition.

App building instruction offered

Want to learn how to build an app?

In support of the 2015 TTU Appathon, the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is providing free app-building instruction to those who are interested.  Instruction is being provided in MCOM 154 on Tuesday (Feb. 24) and Thursday (Feb. 26) of the week leading up to the Appathon. Lead instructor will be Corbin Black, ACM social chair and a participant in past Appathons.

Black says those who wish to participate in the instruction should bring their own WiFi enabled computer. They will be taught using Android Studio for both Mac and Windows. The software’s free.  Black says participants
  • Will learn how to make Create a basic Android Application
  • Understand how to test a Android Application on their machine
  • Learn the basics of debugging an application