SI students were runners-up in the second annual Mobile Apps Innovation Challenge sponsored by U-M Information and Technology Services and the Office of Technology Transfer. U-M faculty, students, and staff entered over 24 apps in the contest in three platform categories: iPhone, Android, and Web applications.
Janani Sundar (HCI), Sangmi Park (HCI), and Kumar Mayank (MSI ’10) were recognized for their smartphone application FootPrints, which suggests alternatives to driving by providing users with different modes of transport depending on their destination. It also demonstrates the benefits of such alternatives, both for the environment and the individual, including money saved and calories burned. FootPrints took third place in the community informatics category of SI’s spring expoSItion. Watch the YouTube video.
Alex Pompe (HCI) and his team submitted Zydeco, which turns an iPhone into an interactive educational tool that takes students from classroom to museum to collect and record data and images, then back to the classroom to complete their investigations. The data students collect can later be accessed on Flickr. Other members of the team were Clara Cahill, Alex Kuhn, Shannon Schmoll, and Chris Quintana.
Zydeco took second place in community informatics at expoSItion and will be featured at the IDC conference later this summer in Barcelona. Watch the YouTubeVideo.