UE Team a Finalist in J.P. Morgan Code for Good Challenge
Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
A team of five University of Evansville students was named a finalist in the the J.P. Morgan Code for Good Challenge, October 4-5 in Columbus, Ohio. The event challenged programmers to use their technological expertise to make an impact on a nonprofit organization.
UE’s team, consisting of computer science majors Melanie Conn, Allie Deford, McIntyre Watts, and Jonathan Wood and computer engineering major Aaron Reynolds, was tasked with developing a fitness tracking and healthy lifestyle app for Goodwill of Columbus. After hearing a presentation on Friday about the organization’s needs, students worked most of the night to complete the programming challenge and develop a pitch and demonstration, which they presented to judges on Saturday.
The University of Evansville’s team won second place out of the six collegiate teams that completed projects for Goodwill of Columbus.
“I’m very proud of our students’ hard work in this competition, where they demonstrated that they not only have outstanding programming skills, but excellent presentation abilities and a desire to do good,” said Don Roberts, UE associate professor of computer science. “The Code for Good Challenge was an incredible opportunity for students to put their academic knowledge into practice and gain professional experience working for a real-world client. ”