Horizons for Youth, a non-profit from Chicago, recently hosted an app pitch competition specifically for DU students. Horizons for Youth is a program that provides mentorship, tutoring, and financial assistance to help low income students be the first in their families to go to college. Greg Dingens, a member of the Horizons for Youth board of directors reached out to Dr. Haag to find students to build the company an app.
They gave the teams information about what the app should include, and ideas were pitched after just one day of design. A total of 17 students in 5 teams participated in the competition. The students were either business, computer science, or engineering majors, and had completed BUS1000 or are currently taking it.
The grand prize for the competition was $1500, and was won by Marshall Miller and Caroline Creidenberg. App users are divided into two groups: mentor and administrators. Their app focused on an interface such that these two group could easily interact with the app without having to navigate through non-pertinent information. Ultimately, the other four groups also won $150 each because there were elements from each pitch that Horizons for Youth wanted to include.
This was a great experience for DU students and the company. DU is a private university for the public good, and the competition was a perfect example of this. It was a great opportunity for students to test their app building skills, and Horizons for Youth benefitted by getting a well-designed app that will enhance their business.