Chattanooga, TN (April 2, 2012) – Over 100 entrepreneurs, college students, designers, and web and mobile developers converged on The Company Lab (CO.LAB) this weekend to build mobile sites and web applications focused on enhancing the Chattanooga experience for visitors and residents.

The culminating event took place at the Mill on Sunday night as all nine teams took the stage and presented their mobile application and accompanying designs and strategies to take them to market. “We were really impressed with the quality of the ideas and the quick progress the teams made throughout the weekend,” said Sheldon Grizzle, air traffic controller of CO.LAB. “Almost all of them have some working prototypes of their products, which is amazing in such a short amount of time.”

In addition to CO.LAB, the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and AIGA co-sponsored the event. The CVB offered three $500 cash prizes to the top three teams, as judged by local expert judges as well as votes from the audience.  Winning teams also received packages of business services from Chambliss, Bahner, & Stophel, Miller & Martin, Henderson, Hutcherson, & McCullough, Hutchinson & Walls, Four Bridges Capital, and Claris Network.

There was also a large contingent of UTC design students that participated throughout the weekend. “Words can’t describe how proud I am of my students for their efforts during 48Hour Launch,” mentioned UTC art professor Leslie Jensen Inman via Twitter. “They exceeded expectations and are amazing.”

The three winning teams are:

Eats Food Tour– providing Chattanooga with local restaurant food tours eatsfoodtour.com @EatsFoodTour facebook

Found in CHA – Found in CHA is a mobile, digital publication dedicated to providing punchy, intelligent articles encompassed by simple and beautiful designs. facebook @FoundInCHA

Noogevents – view Chattanooga’s events at a glance with this event timeline noogavent.com @Noogavent

Here’s a list of the other teams:

The Tennessee Aquarium App – engages aquarium goers via mobile interactions @GoTeamAqua

Church Surfer – church finder with ratings, reviews, and more churchsurfer.org @churchsurfer

PedalPay – pedicab meter and payment system pedalpay.me @pedalpayme

ChattanoogaR – augmented reality showing the history of our region website @ChattanoogaR

CHActive – pickup sports calendar and online community @CHActive

ART HAPPENS – artist studio visits made easy

One final thing…

If you registered for the weekend but didn’t get one of those sweet CHA love t-shirts, fill out this form to get one, we are doing another print run. If you didn’t register but really want a t-shirt, you can but one too, just fill out the form.

And another thing. Please let us know how we can improve this event. We have a short feedback form that we would love for you to fill out, so we can make things better next time. Thanks!

photo credit to Leslie Jensen-Inman