InfoSystems and Skuid presented a $10K scholarship to the grand prize winners of a Chattanooga Startup Week app development competition: UTC students Alay Patel, Jose Stovall, Steven Hullander, and Evan Grayson.
Local figures State Senator Todd Gardenhire, State Representative Marc Gravitt, Judge Rob Philyaw, Criminal Court Clerk Vince Dean, and City Council Candidate Anthony Byrd were in attendance at the awards banquet Oct. 4 to celebrate the eight of 15 teams who submitted a finished mobile application following the two-week competition.
The teams were tasked with creating a mobile app that allows consumers to digitally keep track of their physical collections--in this case, Shopkins. The first and second place teams excelled in creating an inviting and intuitive UX/UI design, but the UTC "Brogrammers" took it a step further by adding a mini-game to their app.
"The next Steve Jobs could be participating on one of these teams," said InfoSystems President and CEO Clay Hales. "If we help just one student realize the potential for a career in technology, our efforts won't have been in vain."
The second place winners (Shikhar Baheti, Alex Patel, Lauren Coyne, and Spencer Harper) from Red Bank High School were awarded a free private escape experience from Escape Mission Chattanooga. The competition was hosted by business technology company InfoSystems, startup Skuid, and the Chattanooga Technology Council.
The companies expect to begin plans for next year's competition in May 2017.