The idea was hatched a few years ago during the college basketball tournament known as “March Madness.” Matt Catalfamo was watching the tourney on television when his mind drifted. He started thinking about creating an app which anyone could use to manage their own tournaments. That’s when he contacted his neighborhood friend, Dan Quackenbush, a classmate at Cicero-North Syracuse (C-NS) High School whom he had worked with on other projects. “We worked together for about a decade,” said Quackenbush. “He knew of my design and development experience.”
Catalfamo and Quackenbush began working on the project. Quackenbush would graduate from C-NS in 2014 and come to OCC where he would major in Electronic Media Communications and Computer Information Systems. Catalfamo would head to Clarkson University. They stayed in constant contact and continued to work on their app. In 2016 they brought their idea to the North Country Regional Business Plan Competition and were awarded second place and a $1,000 prize.
Throughout the process Quackenbush was excelling at OCC, earning degrees in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Electronic Media Communications. He was inducted into honor society Phi Theta Kappa and named a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence winner. The CIS classes played a significant role in his development along with classes outside his major. “I learned technical writing in English. It helped me drastically improve my language skills to the point where I can speak with several business leaders and communicate the message and goal of our platform.”
Quackenbush transferred to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and majored in Computer and Information Technologies. As a student at RIT he continued working on the app. In March 2017, the app known as Tournament Mgr went live in Apple’s App Store. It gives users the ability to create, manage and run a tournament online or offline. “This is a big accomplishment for us,” said Quackenbush. “It has more than one hundred downloads and the number grows every day. It’s fun to see people are using the app and how they are using it.” Their goal is to expand Tournament Mgr to the web and continue to grow it into a platform.