Sixteen Student Teams Compete in 'App-athon'


Some of the best and brightest of Boise State have spent a part of their weekend competing in the university's first-of-its-kind "app-athon."

“We wanted to provide students with an experience that helps them understand what it’s like to develop a programming application with a deadline,” explained Max Davis-Johnson, Boise State’s chief information officer.

Boise State challenged student programmers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs to create the ultimate mobile or web application. Sixteen teams are facing off at Boise State's Interactive Learning Center.

“We left it pretty open” said Davis-Johnson. “The only thing we ask is for students to develop a mobile or web application that is pertinent to Boise State education or social life. We are looking for that wow factor.”

Each member of the winning team will receive $500; second place gets $300 and $100 for third. All work must be done on-site.

Final products were scheduled to be turned in by noon today, with demonstrations and judging scheduled for 1 p.m.