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Final Presentations and Innovation Prizes for Game-changing Ideas: Creative Mobile Apps

Start: 12/10/2012 at 4:15PM
End: 12/10/2012 at 6:15PM
Location: Eck ALumni Center
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Schurz Communications, in a first-of-its-kind "innovation" challenge, will honor the work of students the University of Notre Dame's Department of Computer Science & Engineering during the finals of a mobile development competition, scheduled for Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at 4:15 p.m. in the Eck Alumni Center.

At the beginning the fall semester, undergraduate and graduate students in CSE 40814-Mobile Computing  were given the challenge to develop real-world digital solutions and opportunities, many of which focus on iPhone and Android opportunities, for 21st-century media companies.

Their focus: mobile development.

With the goal of pursuing game changing ideas, a jury of Schurz and Notre Dame officials will assess the digital ideas and presentations of five finalists to select a first-, second-, and third-place winner.

The six finalists are:
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.”

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.

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

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.

News Cloud: (Designed by David Lopes, Nathan Wickham)
Imagine a screen of floating words in front of you and all you have to do is grab the words that interest you, pull them into a graphic cloud and the screen fills with news stories using those words. This app provides fun and information in new form in the News Cloud.

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

Members of the campus community are welcome. More information and a live feed will be available for those who cannot attend; simply visit:

All media inquiries should be directed to:
Kerry Oslund, VP Digital Schurz,, 574–247–7240


Christian Poellabauer, associate professor of computer science and engineering,, 574–631–9131

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