CS Students Win at Mobile Apps Challenge

2014 Mobile Apps Challenge Winners Enlarge
2014 Mobile Apps Challenge Winners

Winners have been announced in the 2014 U-M Mobile Apps Challenge, with teams of CS students on the teams that placed first and tied for third place. Winners were announced at the 2014 Mobile Apps Challenge Awards Banquet, which took place on April 10 in the Bob and Betty Beyster Building.

Placing first was the team of CS undergraduates Nick Gerard, Otto Sipe and Josh Billingham with their entry Jam, an app that lets you and your friends collaboratively pick music based on your collective taste. Jam is now available on the iTunes app store.

Tying for third place was the team of CS undergraduate Max Wilkinson and IT/Media Integration Specialist Daniel Fesshazion for their entry Duderstadt Center App, which uses iBeacon and location services technology to alert Duderstadt patrons regarding nearby services.

Also tied for third was the team of CS undergraduates Kurt Waldowski and Daniel Firsht for their entry Zaboodles, a fun and exciting animated action game for iOS and Android.

The Mobile Apps Challenge is held each year and is open to faculty, students, and staff from across the U-M Ann Arbor campus. Developers may create an app for any mobile platform and submit a video about their app for judging by a panel that judges projects based on innovative use of technology, usability, aesthetics, and other factors. Videos of winning entries are available on the ITS Mobile Apps Challenge page.

The Mobile Apps Challenge is run by Information and Technology Services with additional support from Tech Transfer, CSE, and Apple.