Shopping and tracking technology were all the rage at the spring 2014 edition of the Purdue University Innovation Prize on May 29th. The competition sponsored by Schurz Communications and Purdue University’s entrepreneurial hub The Foundry was held in the Lawson Computer Science building at the school’s main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana and was host to 10 teams made up of more than 40 competitors.
Each semester, teams of students present concepts for web or mobile applications of various to a group of judges, who then deliberate and award cash prizes on the basis of several criteria such as: market readiness, innovation and sophistication. This semester’s grand prize of $5,000 was awarded to an app called ‘Alfred’ which, according to its creators Mohammed Ameen, Maalej Ishaan Biswas, Richanka Prabbu and Eric Villasenor, “simplifies your shopping experience, manages your pantry and suggests recipes intelligently.”
Second place, taking home a $3,500 award was Cam^2, developed by a team consisting of Purdue University undergraduates Everett Berry, Anthony Kang, Erik Rozolis, Ahmed Kaseb, Youngsol Koh, Wenyi Chen, James Tay and Luke Neuman. Cam^2 is an online application that allows users to easily access public domain webcams.
Placing third, with a prize of $1,500 was Cesar Barscevicius, Benedict Frauen and Ivan Seidel and their app Vendo, meant to be “the Instagram for buying and selling stuff on college campuses.”
The Innovation Challenge audience and competitors also vote on a “fan favorite” for a prize of $500, which was given to clipO, developed by Bojing Fu, Pengzhan Zhou and Junya Wang.