Winners of the Fall 2010 U-M Mobile Apps Challenge

The Fall 2010 Mobile Apps Challenge promoted entrepreneurial thinking and encouraged the U-M community to develop innovative mobile applications. U-M students, faculty and staff entered more than 20 apps in four platform categories: iPhone, Android, Windows and Web applications.

Ye-sheng Kuo, a Graduate Student Instructor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and his colleagues developed HiJack. It's a hardware/software platform for creating cubic-inch sensor peripherals for the mobile phone. HiJack devices harvest power and use bandwidth from the mobile phone's headset interface. The HiJack platform enables the development of a new class of small and inexpensive phone-centric, sensor-based peripherals that support plug-and-play operation.

The winning device has three sensor boards: 1) a simple demo board with temperature/humidity sensors, PIR motion sensor and potentiometer, 2) a 3-lead EKG sensor, and 3) a basic soil moisture sensor. Potentially, the platform could include a broad range of sensor boards, such as ozone, carbon monoxide, DVM, blood pressure, blood glucose and more.

Contest Results

Winner Overall

Name App Demo & Description Platform & Category
Ye-sheng Kuo HiJack

Hardware/software platform for creating cubic-inch sensor peripherals for the mobile phone
Visit Project HiJack for more information

iOS

Productivity, Usability, Business Applications, Education

Winner - Android

Name App Demo & Description Platform & Category
Dhineshkumar N Muthu

In collaboration with Adam Kelly and Yumin Pan

Arbor Park
  • Guide to the parking lots on the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor campus
  • Input your permit type and day/time to find an appropriate lot
  • Find handicapped and motorcycle parking

Read more or install app

Android

News, Sports, Weather, Travel

1st Runner-Up

Name App Demo & Description Platform & Category
Hung Truong Checkmate for Foursquare
  • Check in automatically to your favorite venues
  • Maintain control by only choosing venues you want to check in to
  • Share auto-check ins with Twitter, Facebook, friends, or check in off the grid

Read more or download from iTunes Peview

iOS

Entertainment, Social Networking, Media/Games

Runners-Up

Name App Demo & Description Platform & Category
Mike Kelley

In collaboration with Nikhil Sharma, Danny Hyon and Otto Almeyda

friendFM
  • Fill gaps in current social networking sites like Facebook and Foursquare
  • Uses location and some background information about your interests to suggest new people nearby to meet
  • Meeting only takes place if both parties are interested and available
Android

Entertainment, Social Networking, Media, Games

Chris Augustyniak

In collaboration with Nicholas Peters

PressBox
  • Create digital copies of tickets for various U-M sporting events that can be scanned at the gate
  • Stadium navigation shows where restrooms, concessions and points of interests are relative to your position
  • Display the rules and regulations for the venue, such as prohibited items
iOS

News, Sports, Weather, Travel

Alexander Itkan Tadpole

Micro-event management app that’s a real-time bulletin board for sharing local events and happenings

Android

Entertainment, Social Networking, Media, Games

Pei-Yao Hung

In collaboration with Ying-Yu Chen

Emotioner
  • Express your emotions, share them with others at UM, and reflect on yourself
  • Share your emotion with your reason, see emotions of others around you, and compare them visually
Android

Entertainment, Social Networking, Media, Games

Peter Ludwig Task Maestro (demo no longer available)

Easily keep track of the things you need to do

Windows 7

Productivity, Usability, Business Applications, Education

Sponsors

The competition was sponsored by Apple Inc., Computer Science and Engineering - CoE, Information and Technology Services, Google and Technology Transfer.

Saturday, January 1, 2011