A Social App for In-Person Fun Wins Student Business Competition at Westminster College A Social App for In-Person Fun Wins Student Business Competition at Westminster College
6      A Social App for In-Person Fun Wins Student Business Competition at Westminster College

Salt Lake City—Think the digital world is dividing us? Think again. Westminster student Brigham Jackson created an app to bring people together, in real life – not online. Jackson’s app is called Other Half. It encourages users to get off their phones and do stuff with other people by offering discounts to local businesses. The discount only works when friends are together in the same location. Jackson won first place and $5,000 with the Other Half app in Westminster’s Opportunity Quest competition.

Opportunity Quest is an annual business model competition designed to encourage students to venture into the world of entrepreneurship. Westminster’s Center for Entrepreneurship hosted the annual competition on February 9, 2018. Participants work with a team of experienced entrepreneurial leaders who mentor them through the process of writing a formal executive summary and business plan.

Teams pitch their business models to a panel of judges made up of entrepreneurs and business leaders. The winning team automatically becomes a semifinalist in the Utah Entrepreneurial Challenge (UEC). The UEC is a statewide competition that awards over $100,000 in cash and in-kind services each year.

Westminster Opportunity Quest 2018 Results

1st place: $5,000

Other Half App: Brigham Jackson

Other Half is a new social app that allows users to be social with their friends not just online but in real life. Other Half supplies their users with discounts from many top restaurant or entertainment places nearby them, but only when friends are together in the same place.  Watch the Other Half video.

2nd place: $2,000

WakeUp: Amy Spears and Jessica Elmadhoun

WakeUp is a team of water enthusiasts who design and manufacture wake plates so you can create an exceptional surf with any boat. It supports and funds the nonprofit, WaterStart, which reduces child drowning thru education for children on water and boating safety.

3rd Place: $1,000

Preferred Fit: Rodeina Soweidan and Teresa Bagdasarova

Preferred Fit is an app that serves as an online fitting room for shoppers shopping at their favorite retail stores. Shoppers can collect their top picks and upload them onto a virtual avatar that looks exactly like them.

Social category: $2,000

CodeDevs: Janneth Gonzales and Roxana Montenegro

CodeDevs is a coding academy where women engineers coach, mentor and expose young girls to computer programming in a safe and supportive environment. Watch the CodeDevs video.

People’s Choice Award: $500

CodeDevs: Janneth Gonzales and Roxana Montenegro

Best Video: $500

Preferred Fit: Rodeina Soweidan and Teresa Bagdasarova

Best Presentation: $250

Beacon Sleep Solutions:  Joseph Arrington, Mica Sloan and Pace Cranney

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