What to Expect at Demo Day!

Anna Craft is a communications intern for Build Carolina this semester. She is a recent digital media communications graduate of Anderson University. We invited her to cover our Demo Day event - this is what she had to say:

When I was invited to attend the Carolina Code School's Demo Day, I had no idea what to expect. I had never heard of a Demo Day before and was curious as to what would be there. All I knew was that students from the 12-week course were going to be presenting their final projects. 

I had shown up a few minutes early to the event so I would be able to talk with each student. Taylor Whitfield, Olga Pakhotina, Jonathan Seay, and Gordon McEachin all had projects that were uniquely different. As I spoke with each person, I discovered that the idea of the app was to design something that could help solve a problem in day to day life.

Making my way around each station, I was able to hear everyone's ideas about their projects and how they thought of the concept that they created. I learned about the obstacles that they had to overcome during the creation of their apps. Students also praised their classmates; they told me that they all helped each other out to make sure everything went smoothly.  

One of my biggest questions was whether or not they wanted to continue working on their application. Many of the students stated that they wanted to continue improving their app. On the spot, they were already suggesting new ideas to make their app better. One common goal for each student was to one day make their app available to the public.

I was delighted with the turnout of the event. So many people showed up to support the students during Demo Day. Everywhere I turned, I saw people handing out business cards and making new connections. The event was an excellent way for new people to meet, to learn new concepts, and support the community.

Taylor Whitfield created Favour; the application shows available food listings from businesses/supermarkets to food banks to help reduce the amount of food that is going to waste.

Taylor Whitfield created Favour; the application shows available food listings from businesses/supermarkets to food banks to help reduce the amount of food that is going to waste.

Olga Pakhotina created Time to Eat. Time to Eat helps find a restaurant that suits the user’s needs best. Her application has filters that include whether a restaurant is dog-friendly, vegan-friendly, and the overall price of the restaurant.

Olga Pakhotina created Time to Eat. Time to Eat helps find a restaurant that suits the user’s needs best. Her application has filters that include whether a restaurant is dog-friendly, vegan-friendly, and the overall price of the restaurant.

Jonathan Seay created Road buddies, an application where drivers can connect with other people with similar interest when on a boring car ride and looking for someone to talk to.

Jonathan Seay created Road buddies, an application where drivers can connect with other people with similar interest when on a boring car ride and looking for someone to talk to.

Gordon McEachin’s application Tiny Paths helps find trails in the area for families to use. Highlighted features include the difficulty of the trail, amenities, and also allows for comments on the trails from other hikers.

Gordon McEachin’s application Tiny Paths helps find trails in the area for families to use. Highlighted features include the difficulty of the trail, amenities, and also allows for comments on the trails from other hikers.

Anna Craft