(Marietta, Ga. – May 7, 2014) Tasked with the challenge of coming up with a concept, develop a prototype and perfect a sales pitch in 24 hours did not faze Chattahoochee Technical College Information Technology students. Taking part in the annual Code 24 team project with a student from Gwinnett Technical College, these five students brought home an honorable mention in a national competition.
Chattahoochee Technical College had 14 students at the Association of Information Technology Professionals National Collegiate Conference last month with more than 500 other students from around the country. The event, which was held in Atlanta, was co-hosted by Chattahoochee Technical College with students in charge of lab set up and break down, as well as the event’s scavenger hunt. Other local co-hosting schools included Southern Polytechnic State University, Georgia Gwinnett College, Gwinnett Technical College and Central Georgia Technical College.
The six students who were part of the first-time Code 24 event were awarded honorable mention and were recognized by their peers for favorite project. According to instructor and advisor Steve Prettyman, the idea of the challenge was to come up with an idea, develop a prototype and deliver a sales pitch in the span of 24 hours. Using the name DragonDrop, the Chattahoochee Technical College team members included Ella Smith of Smyrna, Cedeno Carter of Marietta, Matthew Semple of Marietta, William Driver of Dallas and Richard Davy of White. They were joined by Aaron Beraki from Gwinnett Technical College.
DragonDrop’s idea was GoLive, a way to connect with those in your community to explore new ways of getting out and getting active. The application would use technology to get users back into the wild and become more active by allowing them to view trips of their friends and family and organically grow into their own big outdoor adventure.
“Overall, Code 24 sought to bring potential startups that were once unheard of out of the woodwork and show the teams that participated the remarkable things that can be accomplished in 24 hours when given the opportunity and need,” said Prettyman.
Additionally, Chattahoochee Technical College student Albert Bryan Patterson of Decatur finished third out of 177 participants in the preliminary round of the PC troubleshooting event. The test assessed the knowledge of participants on operating systems and troubleshooting.
The AITP National Collegiate Conference, started in 1996, is a forum for top Information Technology college and university students and faculty to see, learn and hear the latest IT trends and issues first-hand from recognized industry speakers and top IT employers. Additionally, attendees can network extensively while receiving national recognition as contestants in the programming contests and student paper competition events. The event draws from a network of AITP student chapters throughout the country, but is concentrated in the Midwest, Southwest, Southeast and Northeast portions of the United States.