Designers, coders, and strategists will team up for chances at top prizes in the fifth annual Texas Tech University Appathon Feb. 17-18 2017.
Because sponsors started asking last fall to see resumés of this year’s TTU Appathon contestants, and because the list of sponsors continues to grow, the best rewards for contestants might just be in the human connections they make rather than in the prizes being offered.
For the first time, the event will move across campus from the College of Engineering to the third floor of the Media & Communication Building (MCOM). The new facilities are expected to lessen the need for extension cords and power strips routinely strung across the staging rooms at the College of Engineering.
Students across all disciplines are invited to take part. As in past years, programming will start Friday evening and conclude early Saturday evening with announcement of contest winners. Theme for the 2017 event is “Map It.”
Winning teams typically include people demonstrating a variety of talents including programmers, designers, and strategic thinkers. While the theme is announced ahead of time, specific challenges are issued during the Appathon’s keynote address that kicks off the annual event.
Participants are provided food Friday night (Domino’s Pizza), Saturday morning, and Saturday lunch (Fazoli’s). Snacks, drinks and swag are provided by TTU Traffic and Parking. Appathon participants should register online by midnight Feb. 15 to ensure full eligibility. Individuals may register as such and then join a team during the event “Shout Out.”
The event is hosted by the TTU College of Media & Communication, the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, and the Texas Tech Parking & Transportation Services.
The Appathon Committee and the event hosts provide power, working space, ethernet connections and Wi-Fi access to the university network. This year’s event will occupy the third floor twin labs of 364 and 365 and will spread to the third floor student lounge in the Media & Communication Building. Participants are expected to provide their own computers, power cords, and appropriate design and coding software.