HAMPTON, Va. (June 12, 2019) – Hampton University student, Carlos Mayers, rising junior, computer information systems major, was recently part of The Pitch 2019 competition’s first place winning team, which built an app that helps school teachers. The Pitch 2019 is a four-day conference in Durham, NC, where selected scholars use critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems.
“Carlos Mayers is a perfect example of the best and the brightest that we nurture to success here at Hampton University. He has received great recognition in his short time here as a student, and we are proud of his accomplishments,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), with presenting sponsor, Apple, hosted The Pitch 2019 innovation and entrepreneurial competition for 100 hand-selected HCBU students from 37 different HBCUs. Mayers, along with four other students on the winning team, created an innovative app called GRADE FLIP. The app is designed to make the process of grading papers more efficient, allowing teachers more time to spend with their students. Team members won a MacBook and a DJI Mavic Air drone. In addition, Mayers won a trip to Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), due to being one of the top three programmers in the competition.
“As a key leader on the ‘Grade Flip’ app team, I was proud to bring my expertise as a programmer, speaker and designer, and my pride as a Hampton University student to Pitch 2019,” said Mayers, CIS major and member of the winning team of The Pitch 2019 competition. “It was an honor to participate in a program bearing the name of Justice Thurgood Marshall. I am also looking forward to representing the 8th Congressional District in Brooklyn as I join technology leaders in San Jose, California for the WWDC.”
Made possible by program sponsors, the CIA, Deere & Company and Wells Fargo, The Pitch 2019 included remarks from Durham Mayor Steve Schewel, TMCF President & CEO Harry L. Williams, and Christina Piard, community engagement director for Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC).
“Opportunities like The Pitch 2019, are immensely valuable in giving our entrepreneurial-minded HBCU students the tools to succeed,” said Harry L. Williams, TMCF president & CEO. “I am thankful to our partners and proud of all the students that competed. This is a springboard into a very promising future for these young innovators.”
Mayers is also currently working on his own app called “Joinmi,” which is a college-based platform for students to connect and complete simple tasks together. It will launch as a student task sharing app on HBCU campuses this upcoming fall.