Notre Dame Innovation Prize Ceremony – Fall 2012

Notre Dame Innovation Prize Ceremony – Fall 2012

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SCI Innovation Prize

1st Place

Map Pics: (Designed by Ryan Shea, Taylor Seale)
Snapping and sharing pictures with your smartphone is easy. Organizing it all more intelligently is another story. This app creates common experiences by stacking photos based on where they were shot or uploaded.

2nd Place

News Cloud (Designed by David Lopes, Nathan Wickham)

3rd Place

Mobile Radio Contest: (Designed by Justin Bartlett, Eli Kloswick)
Shake your smartphone, tap and instantly win cash, prizes and merchandise during live radio contests. A simple and fun way to play & win (or lose) fast.

Other Finalists

What the FM: (Designed by William McGough, Patrick Raycroft)
This tool takes interactive radio to new level, allowing listeners to tap & build playlists inspired by live radio broadcasts.

Room Me: (Designed by Everaldo Aguiar)
This mobile tool allows college students and others to screen, then communicate with, potential roommates matching their personality, behavior types and budgets. It also pre-negotiates rental agreements and house rules between individuals. The goal, according to the designer, is to be a bridge to “co-exist in peace.”

iReporter: (Designed by Jonas Elias Flesch)
This application combines the strengths of traditional news reporting with legitimate user-generated content. Point, shoot, tap, publish.


Panel of Judges

Nitesh Chawla Professor Nitesh Chawla, Phd. University of Notre Dame College of Engineering
Patrick Flynn Professor Patrick Flynn, Phd. University of Notre Dame College of Engineering
Todd Schurz Todd Schurz President and CEO Schurz Communications Inc.
Franklin D. Schurz Jr. Frank Schurz Chairman Schurz Communications Inc.

Challenging digital minds to create “game changer” mobile breakthroughs.

Prize­-based innovation challenge for University of Notre Dame Computer Science & Engineering students and faculty

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 2151-century media companies. A first area of focus will be mobile development.

Text NDPRIZE to 69227Schurz 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.

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