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Student app competition narrows field to finalists

Teams congregate at the kickoff of the RJI student app competition.

The second round of the 2016 collaborative Reynolds Journalism Institute, computer science and College of Business student app competition came to a close Nov. 13 following presentations from each of the ten semifinalist teams. Five teams advanced to the final. Photo courtesy of Dale Musser.

The second round of the 2016 collaborative Reynolds Journalism Institute, computer science and College of Business student app competition came to a close Nov. 13 following presentations from each of the ten semifinalist teams. To reach the final round of the competition, which involves implementing each group’s iOS application over the spring semester, groups were asked to create 15-minute pitches to sell their Apple Watch app ideas.

Following the theme of “media consumption,” many team pitches spent considerable time pouring over design details to answer the imperative question: How does the world consume media? Most groups took advantage of the opportunity to check out one of the ten Apple Watches available for students who were involved in the competition. Several teams coded proof-of-concept programs, and brought watches to the presentation to demo features of their apps.

Dale Musser, director of the College of Engineering’s IT Program, Reuben Stern, deputy director of the School of Journalism’s Futures Lab, and Mike McKean, associate journalism professor, spearheaded the now-annual event. Judges from several departments participated, and a representative from Apple also was on hand for Round 2.

The following five will participate in the final round next spring:

Team Fitness Geek: Olivia Aspersion, Yuxiang Chen, Titian Gu, Chris Mathews and Teddy Ivanov

Team Maply:  Bryan Hill, Dallas Hoelscher, Megan Heaney, Jeff Orr and Ryan Platt

Team Recordly: John Gillis, Zolbayar Magyar, Anna Maikova, Iaryna Mykhyalyshyn and Sintia Radu

Team TickTask: Michael Henke, Ryan Steinberg, Samantha Huston, Will Pierson and Lily Zacharias

Team VuseFeed: Riley Beggin, Erin Fry, Daniel Levitt and Benjamin Liu