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Florida A&M App Creating Contest

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Nov 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-17 08:44:48-05

Tallahassee, Fla. (WTXL)-- Florida A&M University Students were challenged to design and create a usable mobile application and build a business model all within 72 hours. 

Over the weekend, seven teams competed under the scrutiny of local design experts and technical innovators. Teams were evaluated based on their ideas and execution. 

"It forces you to think about not just an idea but really how you're going to make money with that idea. How you're going to build a business, a sustainable business model, and also how you're going to execute on that idea. how you are going to develop and design something people can actually use,"said Coordinator Geoffery Miller.

The three day app challenge included a wide range of application ideas from social networking platforms, to even an app that lets you know if parking spaces are available in a parking garage.

Thomas Alexander, who participated in the event said, "What brought me to this event was really me being able to create an app. Being able to participate in a really challenging experience and really grow myself as an individual. One of my professors at FAMU noticed I had an interest in creating things, especially because of one of our projects so she recommended me this app challenge and I participated and it has been a great experience"

Although this was the first year for the 72 Hour App Challenge, Florida A&M hopes to make it an annual event. 

Winners of the App Challenge, were awarded a cash prize and a trip to Disney.