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First Place: Pawfect - Harsh Faterpekar, Komal Ghugare, Jaspreet Kaur, Shrey Rathi, Soham Save

Second Place: Ludo Mercatus - Manuel Garza, Betsy Gorelik, Junior Jean, Michael Rooplall

Third Place: Dermabliss - Karen Joy, Kuntal Surwade

Pace Mobile App Design Contest 9.0/Hackathon

Brainstorm | Design | Demo

In association with

Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems

& special thanks to

Professor Christelle Scharff an Entrepreneurship Lab Faculty Fellow

And volunteer mentors Dhruv Gandhi and Stacey Sarris


Theme: Solving a customer's problem



Friday, March 5th 2021



What is Pace Mobile App Design Contest?

The Pace Mobile App Design Contest is based on the popular hackathon. Participants form teams to create a concept mobile application using any tool (e.g., or a scripting/programming language (e.g., HTML5) and demonstrate it to the audience and the judging panel. Prizes are awarded based on judges' expert opinion.


What is a concept mobile application?

A concept mobile application is an interactive prototype software application accessible via smartphone, tablet or desktop and has the look-and-feel of a mobile application but may or may not have the programming logic to perform the associated features. It can be operated using links that go from one screen to the other.


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects. (Source: Wikipedia)




Event information


Kevin Dierks

Kevin Dierks

Kevin Dierks is a Lead Business Analyst at Capgemini, working on requirements, functional solutions, and is a UX and usability expert. He wrote his Master's Thesis at Pace in Mobile UX research and UX design.


James McCarthy

James McCarthy

James McCarthy is Americas Mobile Transformation Team Lead at Google, in Corporate Strategy, with his own mobile app consultancy, and previously worked at Goldman Sachs. James focuses on advertising strategy, innovation and conversion.


Craig Tashman""

Craig Tashman

Craig is CEO and founder of LiquidText, Apple's Most Innovative App of the Year and Editor's Choice on the App Store. Craig earned his Ph.D. in 2012 from Georgia Tech, was previously at IBM Research and Microsoft Research, holds a Masters Degree from RPI and a Bachelors from Pace.

Date: Friday, March 5th 2021

Location: Online

Competition Timeline:

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Check In 

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m

Briefings and Orientation

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Design Sprint

(Afternoon Feedback from Mentors)

5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Record Your Application 

5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Application Submissions



Who can compete?

Only Pace University students are allowed to participate in the hackathon (from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m). Registered participants will form teams of 2 to 4 students (allowance for 1 to 6 due to the virtual nature). All teams should be ideally comprised of students from at least two different Schools or Colleges at Pace University (i.e. Lubin School of Business and Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems). At 5:00 p.m. each team will have to either present their app live or upload a 3 minute video of their demonstration.


Benefits of participation

  • Learn how to design mobile apps

  • Win cash prizes

  • Opportunity to collaborate with other Pace students

  • Chance to demonstrate your app to a broad audience and experts

  • Use these designs in the Pitch Contest or other opportunities to make a strong impression


Prize Money

First Place


Second Place


Third Place


*Please Note: Pace University reserves the right to disqualify, at its sole discretion, any individual or team from the competition at any time (before or after the Contest or the award of any prize) for any reason. Reasons for disqualification may include, but are not limited to, misrepresentations in the application process, plagiarism, infringement of the intellectual property of others, and any failure to comply with the rules of the competition. Disqualified individuals or teams shall forfeit any and all prizes awarded to them.


For any questions or queries, please contact:

Prof. Bruce Bachenheimer
Executive Director, The Entrepreneurship Lab
163 William St, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-618-6663


Previous Pace Mobile App Design Contests

Pace Mobile App Design Contest 8.0/Hackathon (March 6th, 2020)
Pace Mobile App Design Contest 7.0/Hackathon (March 14th, 2019)
Pace Mobile App Design Contest 6.0/Hackathons (March 23rd, 2018)
Pace Mobile App Design Contest 5.0/Hackathons (March 24th, 2017)
Pace Mobile App Design Contest 4.0/Hackathons (March 11th, 2016)
Pace Mobile App Design Contest 3.0/Hackathons (March 27th, 2015)
Pace Mobile App Design Contest 2.0/Hackathons (Dec 5th, 2013)
Pace Mobile App Design Contest 1.0/Hackathons (Dec 6th, 2012)