PSU students compete in weekend long ‘Code-A-Thon’ event, creating an app to help entrepreneurs

First round results announced Oct 31st

UPDATE: A press release from Pittsburg State University announced that the Code-A-Thon team from PSU won first place in the competition!

“Five Pittsburg State University students majoring in Computer Information Systems and Graphics Communication/Web Design brought home a first place win this week in a unique regional competition against other universities hosted by the Kansas City Federal Reserve: Code-a-thon 2019.

The team was comprised of David Sexton, a CIS major from Carthage, Missouri; Devon Tinsley, a CIS major from Pittsburg; Chris Evans, a CIS major from Nevada, Missouri; Lydia Winters, a Graphics Communication/Web Design major from Pittsburg; and Aubri Stahl, a CIS and Graphics Communication/Web Design major from Pittsburg.

The trophy will be on display in Kelce College of Business starting Monday. ​​​​​”


Chris Evans first found his love for software development as a kid. He taught himself how to take a part a computer and fix them for family members.

“After doing that I got really fascinated with computers in general, just by understanding a little more of how they work.”

He works part-time as a programmer while he gets his Computer Information Systems degree at Pittsburg state.

“There’s always new challenges and that’s one of the things I love about it” he added.

So when a unique Code-A-Thon competition hosted by the Kansas Federal Reserve Bank came about, Chris and four other students jumped on board for the chance to test their creativity.

“Based on previous things I saw there’s been a lot of good submissions and I think we’re going to be up there with the better ones” said Evans.

The competition requires teams to create software solutions to meaningful problems with the theme of helping entrepreneurs to succeed.

They compete against other schools virtually.

So, they created an application called ‘Entrepreneurchute’.

“There’re two types of people, there’s an entrepreneur and there’s a mentor. Pretty much this essentially connects those two people together, and then they can contact in any way they want to; they can communicate however they like” added Evans.

The application is designed to make it easier for entrepreneurs to find the help they need to start a business through simple requests.

“Groups of entrepreneurs can connect with these mentors together, so not only does it allow you to have someone help you but it allows you to network with someone else who’s having the same issues and struggles and create partnerships and stuff like that” added the Team Instructor, and Pittsburg State University teacher, John Keufler.

He says he is beyond impressed with his students.

“They’re really just going above and beyond by doing this, representing the university well by doing this but also just having a great experience at the same time.”

For Evans, he’s hopeful for the results of the competition and thankful for the experience.

“It’s probably been one of the best teams I’ve been on, and they’ve done a really good job at working together and getting things done, so I’m really excited I could be a part of it.”

Round 1 results are to be announced on October 31st. The winners get bragging rights, and a trophy.


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