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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Winners in Mobile Apps Challenge announced

It just got easier to find parking space on campus or to harvest power from your mobile phone using applications developed by U-M students and staff. Apps that let people create digital copies of their event tickets, organize task lists, and meet people with shared interests through location-based social networking are among the winners in the 2010 Michigan Mobile Apps Challenge.


Click here for more information and videos of all the entries.

The competition was sponsored by Apple Inc., Google, Information and Technology Services (ITS), Computer Science and Engineering, and the Office of Technology Transfer.

"We were really impressed by the quality of apps and the expertise of applicants this year," said Holly Nielsen, director of enabling technologies and services at ITS. "Creativity and ingenuity is thriving at U-M. This competition serves as an excellent platform for showcasing it."

Twenty apps were entered in four platform categories: iPhone, Android, Windows, and Web applications. All active U-M students, faculty, and staff were eligible to compete.

The winning applications were:

• HiJack: Ye-sheng Kuo, a graduate student instructor in electrical engineering and computer science, and his colleagues won the top prize for an app that can harvest power and bandwidth for a peripheral device when plugged into the iPhone's headset jack. The app currently measures temperature and humidity, soil moisture, and heart rate. Kuo's team envisions many possibilities for the app, making HiJack appealing to general consumers and professionals in many fields.

• Arbor Park: This Android app serves as a guide to the U-M parking lots on the Ann Arbor campus, allowing users to search campus lots based on permit type, day, and time. Created by Dhineshkumar Muthu, a computer science student, Arbor Park also can locate handicapped and motorcycle parking.

The first runner-up was Checkmate for Foursquare. Enhancing the location-based social networking tool Foursquare, this iPhone app automates the "check in" process that users complete when visiting their favorite venues. Created by Hung Truong, graduate student staff assistant in the Health Sciences Library, Checkmate also allows users to share their "check-ins" on Facebook and Twitter.

The five runners-up and their projects are:

• Michael Kelley, LSA student, friendFM
• Chris Augustyniak, engineering student, PressBox
• Alexander Itkin, engineering student, Tadpole
• Pei-Yao Hung, information graduate student, Emotioner
• Peter Ludwig, engineering student, Tasks Maestro