In the end, the team with no name won the judges’ nod as the best mobile app of the fifth annual TTU Appathon. Theme for 2017 was “Map It,” and the winning app included customizable map pinning features that worked with either Apple or Google maps. The winning team consisted of Noah Gomez, Mayuv Bhakta, and Michael Wall. Each member of the team was awarded a $500 scholarship.
First place winners also received a finals week “Park Anywhere” certificate from the university’s Transportation and Parking Services. The 2017 Appathon was staged Feb. 17-18 in the third floor labs of the College of Media & Communication.
Second place honors were awarded to “Team Good Stuff,” a trio who built a university-focused app called “Unimap.” Members of the team included Patrick Tone, Frank Anya Ibem, and Mario Jimenez. “Unimap” delivers to your mobile device a list of all events scheduled at the university for the current day either by map-and-pin interface or by a card interface. In the map interface, the use would see on a map of campus pins at the locations of events. Tapping on a pin brings up detailed information about the event including time and intended audience. Members of the second place team each received a $300 scholarship.
Judges gave third place honors to a two-person team called “VR,” after the first names of its members, Victor Ajewole and Roshan Ramprasad Shetty. “VR” also represents the technology used by the app they produced, visual recognition. Using visual recognition, the user could “train” the mobile device to recognize objects. Then, presented with the object at a later time, the app could deliver a voice script or execute any number of other behaviors desired.