This competition was developed in response to the students’ needs for app development support. The idea behind the competition did not literally develop the app in terms of coding, we intended to help students understand the global reach in a fast growing, ever developing market.
In its first running year, the competition was massively successful with 19 teams applying. The diverse nature of each idea was overwhelming as the innovative notions exceeded all expectations!
For the teams that applied, the teams were given 2 skills workshops to help with the next stage of the competition. One was given on graphics and branding communications at the face of a successful app given by Ryan McNamara, one of the directors of 5 or 6: a local graphic and branding company. The other was on the development of the app and the growth of apps by developer Paul Ince, currently running a company Xeidos at the Advanced Technology Innovation Centre (Check both of them out on Twitter!)
Each workshop was well received and aided in preparing students for a presentation they would have to give in front of 3 professional judges, after the first stage of the competition. The judges were the 2 professionals who delivered the workshops and Peter Janes, a serial entrepreneur.
The presentations were outstanding from the remaining groups of students. They varied in structure and innovation and were a joy to watch! The winners were provided mentoring and support from the judges, which the students have found very helpful in the progression of their ideas.
As result of the competition, one student is taking their placement year as an opportunity to develop their app as a business, very exciting!
Sound like something you would enjoy? Keep your eye out on our Twitter @lsuenterprise and our Facebook Lsu Enterprise for when this competition will be taking place this year!