Winners Named at annual App Competition Demo Day

OSU student app developers demonstrated their mobile applications in front of judges to compete for $8,000 in prize money in the Phase II of the From Research to App Competition.         

Phase I of the fifth annual app competition from the OSU App Center called for and received app ideas which used scientific and scholarly knowledge to solve a significant problem for the user via a mobile app. Pattern Master, a tool to calculate measurements for pattern adjustments for apparel and soft goods pattern engineers, and Divisionista, an app idea to provide activities, games, and video instruction to help students, pre-service teachers, teachers, and parents learn to divide whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and polynomials were announced as winners in late November. For the Phase II of the competition, students developed the winning app ideas from Phase I, which were demonstrated during the demo day event on March 24. 

OSU computer science student Alexander Melton won the Divisionista category and $3,000 for his Urbino mobile application platform, built on the Android system that allows teachers to create mathematics lessons for students. OSU senior computer science student Marcus Gabilheri won first place and $3,000 for his Pattern Master Android app that calculates different block measurements for patterns based on measurements of a specific model for fashion designers. Marcus has won the two previous app competitions.

Runners-up included Hitesh Gaur, Gaurav Khatri and Ganesh Nomula in the Divisionista category. The team received $1,000. The competition was judged by OSU faculty, members of the OSU App Center Steering Committee and OSU administrators. The current app competition was sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship.

“I would like to thank all the participants for putting their time and effort into developing apps for this competition,” said App Center manager Jai Rajendran.

For information about the annual mobile app competition visit or talk to App Center interns in the lobby of the Henry Bellmon Research Center on the OSU campus in Stillwater.