CodePath hosts first national virtual demo day

College students across the US presented their iOS mobile app innovations to Capital One, Intuit, Palo Alto Networks, Twilio and Verizon

On Saturday, May 2nd, 84 computer science university students attended CodePath’s first iOS virtual demo day on Zoom. After 12-weeks of grueling classes and intensive projects, students from California, Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, Texas and elsewhere came together to present their final projects to a panel of engineering professionals and CodePath team members. 

Organized by CodePath’s technical program managers, Guillermo Ignacio Sanchez Lamas and German Flores, in collaboration with the universities’ local CodePath tech fellows, the community was undeterred by the disruptions from Covid-19 and determined to celebrate their achievements.

“It was a great experience being able to connect many students and professionals in one space,” said Guillermo. “Many students lack technical guidance in their projects while in college, but I believe Demo Day will change that by providing students a chance to connect with professionals and receive real-world feedback on their projects.”

“Being able to showcase a project you’ve worked on is such an accomplishment. We wanted to make sure students felt that satisfaction of crossing the final finish line so we were eager to host this event to show that CodePath truly values their students,” said German.

From creating a marketplace to sell college textbooks to other students, to designing a social media app catered to pet owners and animal breeders, and to learning Morse code, 24 teams from Delaware State University, Michigan State University, Notre Dame de Namur University, Purdue University, and Texas A&M University, presented a range of mobile applications. Each team shared a short presentation about the identified problem and solution, while they showcased their apps via the iOS simulator and gifs.

After receiving feedback from companies, such as Capital One, Intuit, Palo Alto Networks, Twilio and Verizon, the following winners were identified:

Best App Design 

Based on aesthetics and discoverability

StarStats

Hugh Bromund, Nuo Chen, Kunwar Sahni from Purdue University

StarStats is an easy to use app that tracks the statistics of a user who plays the popular BrawlStar Game.

Most Innovative Idea

Based on the uniqueness of the application

Mors.

Bradley Bottomlee, Riya Agarwal, and Devanshi Praither from Purdue University

Mors. enables users to learn morse code through a fun and intuitive interface. With the app, users can participate in fun tutorials and then chat with their friends in morse to hone their skills.

Best Product Idea

Based on the app’s ability to work as a business product and its scalability to accommodate more users

Travel Buddy

Steven Carey and Daniel Adu-Djan from Michigan State University

Travel Buddy is an app that allows users to find locations around the world that they want to travel to and connect to people in those places. After planning a visit/journey, users can hop on the app to interact with people in their chosen destinations, make friends and have an awesome visit.

Best Overall Application

Based on the highest overall score from the other categories

Tuurns

Adam Anderson, Manish Rajendran, Austin Anthony from Michigan State University

Tuurns is a turn-based task app built purposefully for people living together. It allows users to keep track of tasks and take turns in a smooth fashion through automatic task assignment.

Best App (Audience Picked)

The app that received the most votes from students and judges.

Pet Connect

Marc Matas, Dami Bolarinwa, Matthew Daniele, Christian Lapinig from Notre Dame de Namur University

Pet Connect is a social media app that allows pet owners to meet each other. 

To watch today’s virtual demo day in its entirety, click here

To attend CodePath’s upcoming iOS and Android virtual demo days on May 9th and May 16th, sign up here

To learn more about CodePath’s iOS development course and other curriculums, please visit https://codepath.org/classes.

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