Computer science students from the University of Bristol have been challenged to create a new app from scratch in a 24-hour marathon coding session.
The fourth annual Appathon, hosted by the University’s Computer Science Society (CSS) and sponsored by one of the UK’s leading mobile consultancy and enterprise app developers, Mubaloo, will take place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March. The event is open to any student involved in computer science, design or business.
In teams of up to six, students will develop a new app that will deliver real value to users. The year, students can create whatever new app they want, whether it’s the next Flappy Bird, WhatsApp, Instagram or Summly.
Josh Hargreaves, Vice President of CSS, said: “The Appathon has become one of the highlights for students interested in innovation, to challenge themselves and create a new app in 24-hours. The event is important to help test skills in an intense competition where sleep is the enemy. One of last year’s attendees is going to work for Apple. This is an event that tests skills, stamina and teamwork.”
As a sponsor, Mubaloo’s team of Bristol-based designers, developers and strategists will be running educational talks in the run up to the event. Olly Berry, Head of iOS at Mubaloo, said: “A number of our developers have come from the University of Bristol. It’s important for us, as a company, to help provide our insight to the industry and approach to developing apps. By sponsoring the Appathon since it began four years ago, we’ve seen a number of interesting concepts come out and some truly talented developers. This is now a multi-billion pound industry where the best developers can create ground-breaking new apps that can help, entertain, enable and empower people.”