Student USFMobile Competition

The selection of the winning teams for the 1st Student USFMobile Competition took place at the Ed Tech Expo on Monday, March 19th, 2018.

The top 3 teams presented their working prototypes before a panel of USF Judges to win 1st ($2500) or 2nd ($1000) place prizes.

First Prize ($2500)
Project Title: USF Connect
Team members: Harrison Chase Keeling, Computer Science; Danner Jaundoo-Baker, English

Project Summary: The winning feature enhancement will solve the problem of connecting unsocial students to study groups. Some students are too shy or embarrassed to ask other students if they'd like to study for a class. This feature will allow any student to use their location and create a map pin, indicating to other USF students that a student is hosting a study group for a particular class. This would allow for pop-up study groups and the ability to socially connect sections of classes together.

Second Prize ($1000)
Project Title: Engage to Change
Team Members: Thu Nguyen and JR Rios, Master of Public Administration/Health Services Administration

Project Summary: Currently, students who want to get involved and socialize with other students do not have a strong platform to connect to the current organizations at USF. This is a problem. Students can be more engaged if there is an easy feature to enable them to know all of the current events taking place through USF's 125+ organizations. This would allow students to engage to change, and learn new knowledge, skills, and values with other students outside of a classroom. The Engage to Change feature can address this problem and respond to the needs of the USF students as well as the 125+ USF organizations that tries to get students to get involved.

Goals for the Competition:

  • To stimulate creative thinking and team building to increase student engagement
  • Address a need or resolve a problem for USF students
  • Strengthen USFMobile's functionality
  • Increase broader adoption of USFMobile
  • Work with other USF students outside your department to stimulate interdisciplinary teamwork

Participation Process/Timeline:

Step 1 - Attend an informational session on November 16th or December 7th to Learn More
Step 2 - Submit Your Ideas (by December 15, 2017)
Step 3 - Be selected as one of the Top 5 finalists/groups by January 15th
Step 4 - Top 5 participate in a Modolabs technology framework workshop to build prototypes in January/February
Step 5 - Top 5 present working prototypes before a panel of USF Judges to win 1st($2500) or 2nd($1000) place prizes at USF's Ed Tech Expo, March 19, 2018

Attend An Informational Session:

These informational sessions will cover guidelines, objectives, potential topics and submission processes of the competition. If you miss the informational sessions, watch this presentation.

November 16, 12-1 PM Gleeson Library 236
December 7, 12-1 PM Gleeson Library 236


  1. Feature should address or resolve a problem or enhance functionality for USF students.
  2. Feature must be created on Modo Campus. This platform allows anyone without technical skills to create unique, one-of-a-kind mobile apps. Flexible screen templates allow you to incorporate any type of custom content, rich media, feed-based data and web applications into your app. To learn more about the platform, visit
  3. University of San Francisco reserves the right to change these rules at any time and for any reason.


This competition is open to all current University of San Francisco students. Students must enter the competition in teams of 2 to 6 students. Participants may not compete on more than one team.

Judging and Criteria:

USF Leadership (Admin, Faculty, and Student) will serve as judges for the event on March 19th. Criteria are listed as below:

  1. Functionality and features
  2. Ease of use
  3. Originality and coherence (overall experience of application)
  4. Interface Design
  5. Response to need or problem for USF students
  6. Marketability of feature

Submit Your Ideas by December 15, 2017

For questions, please email or



Example of an app built on Modolabs framework: Harvard's Bliss App

Event sponsored by:

Disclaimer: The Winning Prototype may be added to the USFMobile App. USF reserves the right to not include it in USFMobile.