Media company challenges digital minds to create “game changer” mobile breakthroughs.
South Bend, Indiana, 07.09.2012: The University of Notre Dame’s Computer Science & Engineering program will collaborate with Schurz Communications on a first-of-its-kind “innovation challenge,” beginning fall semester, 2012. Undergraduates, graduate students and faculty will be asked to consider real-world digital solutions and opportunities for 21st-century media companies. A first area of focus will be mobile development.
Schurz Communications, a cable, high-speed data, TV, radio, print and digital media company, will award large cash prizes for winning prototypes that meet agreed guidelines. Participating students may also compete for local, statewide and national media recognition and opportunities to turn their new digital solutions into new digital businesses.
To enliven projects, students and faculty will also receive secure access to custom feeds, API’s and real-world datasets from Schurz Communications’ wide array of media businesses.
Schurz CEO, Todd Schurz, said, “Notre Dame’s computer science and engineering department has some of the best and brightest students and faculty in the country.” He added, “New relationships with young developers, designers and database talent – literally blocks away – is a potential game-changer.”
Notre Dame’s College of Engineering is committed to Catholic-guided and informed education and research reaching beyond the walls of the University by creating products and technologies that are a force for good in the world. Dean Peter Kilpatrick of the College of Engineering said, “We are very excited to be able to partner with an outstanding local company and community leader like Schurz Communications which enables our faculty and students to have impact locally. Our Computer Science and Engineering strengths in algorithms, wireless communications, mobile computing, and applications are excellent fits with the community and with Schurz.”
Schurz Communications media companies provide local communities with a better understanding of the world, as informed local communities make positive impacts on society. Schurz Communications is a privately held, family run, multimedia company with operations dotting the country from Anchorage, AK to Augusta, GA.
The University of Notre Dame and Schurz Communications were founded in South Bend, and have served the community for 168 years and 140 years, respectively.