Night Beacon, one of two entries from the School of Information in the annual CHI Student Design Challenge, won the top prize in Atlanta on Thursday, April 15. The contest is part of the CHI 2010 international conference.
Assistant Professor Mick McQuaid reported from Atlanta that more than 90 teams entered the competition from the U.S. and other countries. SI was represented by Night Beacon and Mibo in the semifinals. Night Beacon will be among the four teams selected for the finals.
Students on the winning Night Beacon team were Mike Harmala, Taeho Ko, Anna Jonsson, Garima Garg, and Yi-Wei Chia. Representing Mibo were Malhar Gupta, Katie McCurdy, Honor Potvin, Kimberly Eunkyoung Song, and Xiaowen Zhang.
SI has a history of competing and winning at the competition. Among the most recent results:
- In 2009, SI students won first place with TreasureHunter, a project by Sang Koh, Amy Kuo, Debra Lauterbach, Noah Liebman, and Andrea McVittie. A second project, MIFresh, with members Maureen Hanratty, Geoff Ho, Jiang Yang, and Xiao Wei, took second.
- In 2008, doGooder came in second.
- At the 2007 competition, altVerto won first place.