More than 2,500 students participated in the 2015-16 Pitt Mobile App Challenge by voting or submitting an entry. Check out the winning entries below.
2015-16 Pitt Mobile App Challenge Winners
Prototype Grand Prize Winner
Grand Prize Winner ($2,000 Amazon gift card)
Robert Burger for "verblitz"
How Robert describes his app: "Learning another language is hard. With verblitz, learning German is fun and easy. Start learning another language in minutes."
Prototype Runner Up
Runner up ($1,500 Amazon gift card)
Shil Patel and Asim Viqar for "Swipes"
How Shil and Asim describe their app: "Swipes is an app that allows students with dining hall swipes to share them with students who may need them."
These winning entries each received a $250 Amazon gift card.
Rohan Patel and Ritika Maknoor for "How It Feels"
How Rohan and Ritika describe their mockup: "Crowdsourcing weather. A local message board to post about the current weather in real time. How it feels, how it looks, and how to dress."
Dean Bogdanovic and Max Polec "Sylla-Sort"
How Dean and Max describe their mockup: "This app will be used to take a photo of your syllabus and will use the data on the page to add all of your deadlines for that class (homework, papers, exams) directly into your Google Calendar."
Christopher Corsi, Graham Caro, Anthony Kincade, Gangzheng Tong, and Zach Ward for "Yellow Brick App"
How the team describes their app: "Yellow Brick App is a real-time advertising medium for Bar and Restaurant promotions within proximity to you that's accompanied by an incentive-based user rewards program."
The creative app ideas listed below each received a $50 Amazon gift card.
Yellow Brick App
“Yellow Brick App is a real-time advertising medium for Bar and Restaurant promotions within proximity to you that's accompanied by an incentive-based user rewards program.”
Rohan Patel and Ritika Makhoor
HIF (How It Feels)
“Crowdsourcing weather. A local message board to post about the current weather in real time. How it feels, how it looks, and how to dress.”
Brittney Lojas and Jorden Hill
“The go to app that allows students to find open tables in major Pitt buildings and which tables have outlets beside them. It also lets students find friends that already have a table.”
“Looking for someone to study with or a seat in Hillman? Find people studying the same thing and pop a squat.”
“This app will be used to take a photo of your syllabus and will use the data on the page to add all of your deadlines for that class (homework, papers, exams) directly into your Google Calendar!”
Pitt App Fair Winners
The following students won a $500 Amazon gift card for winning their category in the Pitt App Fair, an additional science fair-style competition held during this year's Awards Ceremony.
- Idea category: Caleb Crawley for “Panther Plate”
- Mockup category: Max Polec and Dean Bogdanovic for “Sylla-Sort”
- Prototype category: Ishvaraus Davis and Arunprasath Balaraman for “Forge”
What's It Like Participating in the Challenge?
Listen to prototype participants talk about their entries in the 2015-16 App Challenge.
Grand Prize Winner ($2,000 Amazon gift card)
Robert Burger for “Korkboard”
How Robert describes his app: Korkboard is a mobile app that connects students with free and ticketed events both on and off campus. Korkboard displays all the events along with a short description in a scrollable feed. Each event has its own in-app page where users can find more information such as the location and time of the event. Each location will be entered in a database that can filter events by distance to the user's location.
Runners Up ($750 Amazon gift card)
Jacqueline Harnish and Samantha Small for “Pitt Maps"
How Jacqueline and Samantha describe their app: Our app shows you where things you might need around campus are located and info. Need to find the nearest self-service printer? Want to know the hours for the gyms on campus? Pitt Maps helps. Open up the homescreen to find several buttons, which will then take you to a Google map with locations for the chosen item. Click on a marker to view details.
These winning entries received a $250 Amazon gift card.
Syed Kaleem for “TA Connect”.
How Syed describes his mockup: TAConnect allows students to register through their university and select the classes they are taking the current term. TAs for each class will appear as available or unavailable for remote chat (TAs can change this setting at any time), and individual course discussion boards will allow students to ask and answer questions at any time. Chat sessions consist of a shared white board on both the student's and TA's phone screen and voice input, which allow for remote conversations with TAs.
Brian Stein for “Student Center”.
How Brian describes his mockup: There is no current Pitt app that allows us to add classes, see what's going on around campus, or manage our student accounts. My app will function very similar to the amazon app, and will include features such as: adding classes, comparing book prices, a bus tracker, weather report, and much more.
Roland Beard for “Swipes for Students”.
How Roland describes his mockup: The app will allow people to post when they plan to visit a dining hall in addition to how many swipes they are willing to donate. Students looking for swipes will be able to claim swipes. Once all of the swipes offered by the swiper are claimed, the posting will disappear. The app will also save the swipe appointments, so the participants in the transaction can double check the time and name of the other person involved. The app will also be able to send notifications of appointment times.
These winning entries received a $50 Amazon gift card.
Kacie Colteryahn for “Pitt Printing App”.
The idea: You are able to choose the option to print from any app (email, internet, blackboard, etc), and it will be sent to the Pitt Printing App. When you open it in the Pitt Printing App, you are able to enter your Pitt username & Password so that you are able to send your documents to a Pitt Printing Station anywhere on campus.
Amanda Schwarz for “My Pitt App”.
The idea: The app would contain all the features of the My Pitt site in a mobile friendly format.
Andrew Wearden for “PantherCard”.
The idea: The app would function as a Mobile Panther Card, allowing swipe/scan access to dining facilities, residence halls, print labs, laundry facilities, buses, etc.
Victoria Portier, Sarah Shaykevich, Max Polec, and Cindy Jiao for “Budsprout”.
The idea: Budsprout helps people reach their physical, mental, and social goals. It lets users choose what they want to improve about themselves, and breaks those goals down into small, achievable steps.
Michael LeClaire for “A 10A Shuttle Tracker”
The idea: A bus tracker that keeps better and more accurate times for all the buses.
What Was It Like Participating in the Pitt Mobile App Challenge?
Check out what these students had to say. Then get your great app submission ready for next year!