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ISE Coding Garage Presentation Night

Last night the fifth summer of the 9-week ISE Coding Garage program came to a close with 26 students presenting their mobile apps for a chance at $850 in prizes. In early June, the program started with 47 self-driven students working on their own apps and ended yesterday as 13 apps were presented for judging.

This year there was a mix of games, story telling, and apps built to solve a problem. Two of the apps were inspired by the sustainability efforts of the ISE Coding Garage this year as we implemented composting of our plates, cups, napkins, and food waste.


New to the ISE Coding Garage this summer participants chose to follow one of two paths depending on their level of experience and desire to learn more.  The advanced level introduced the students to integrating an app with cloud services, persisting mobile data with database storage, and using modern Android architecture components.

SMSsageThe 2019 winners are:

  • Introductory Level:
    • 1st Place: Luke Aschenbrenner, Adam Holmes, and Brian Morris (Foundboard) receiving a $150 award (pictured above).
    • 2nd Place: Sebastian Nuxoll (Glyde)  receiving a $100 award.
    • 3rd Place: Connor Jennings (Breadtective) receiving a $50 award.
  • Advanced Level:
    • 1st Place: Dominic Rutkowski and Vladimir Tivanski (SMSsage) receiving a $300 award (pictured right).
    • 2nd Place: Frances Dai, Nick Silva, and Hang Sun (Note Share)  receiving a $175 award.
    • 3rd Place: Eno Ituk and Idara Ituk (Recycle Catch) receiving a $75 award.

The introductory winning app, Foundboard, is a game where players hear a sound and are given four responses to choose from. The winning app in the advanced level, SMSsage, is a messaging app with built-in games.  React Native and the React Native Game Engine are used on the frontend to make SMSsage cross-platform.  On the backend, advanced technologies like node.js, Express, MongoDB, and were used for authentication, messaging, and database storage.

Additional presentation participants included:

    • Mengcheng Guo, Pakshal Jain, Gautam Sharda, and Omkar Yadav (Homework Helper)
    • Noah Krchak (Readable App)
    • Kevin Lu and Alex Wang (Fitness X Music)
    • Timothy Bergal and Anton Yakunin (Light Wizard)
    • Bill Chen and Bivan Shrestha (Tae)
    • Kufre Ituk (GreenCoin)
    • George Liu and Charlie Zheng (Rocket Jump)

The ISE Coding Garage could not have been successful without the support from ISE, University of Iowa Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and the Iowa City Area Development (ICAD)

Several students have expressed interest in continuing to work on their apps, and Foundboard is already in the Google Play store!

Know a student who would like to participate in next summer's ISE Coding Garage? Interested in how you can volunteer and help out? Contact for more info!

Daniela Williams, Project Manager

Daniela Williams, Project Manager

Daniela is a Project Manager at ISE with a bit of dabbling in Marketing. Recently she managed the new website release project and is currently the Scrum Master for the Sales and Marketing team. Daniela enjoys making sure the team accomplishes its goals while having fun along the way. When she’s not herding cats at work, you can find her running around town or getting her hands dirty in the garden.

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