App-a-thon success

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Bryant University’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization as well as the Information & Technology Department hosted a competition that allowed students to pitch their own mobile application at Bryant University’s Research & Engagement Day.

Students pitched their ideas to a panel of judges and and were judged on the following criteria: feasibility, creativity, and overall pitch. Students were encouraged to be agents of change and “think outside the box”. The winning team was awarded a Lenovo Slate Tablet and the opportunity to work with the IT Department to develop the app for release next year.

Rohan Vakil came in first place with his concept to alleviate the haste of parking at Bryant University. His application named Parking Pains would allow mobile users to view the parking lot through a camera feed. These cameras would offer a snapshot every 30 seconds opposed to a live stream.

Rohan proposed that the Library, Freshman, Faculty, and Hall 4, 16, 17 parking lots would be monitored. Rohan said, “This will allow students and faculty members to quickly find a spot rather than snaking through the parking lots and waiting a lot of time.” Parking Pains would allow users to avoid the unnecessary time and gas of driving around campus looking for a parking spot.

Amanda Spaziano designed an application that would allow users to better select their course schedule. The proposal showed an easy to use alternative to banner where students could perform a quick “what if” analysis when adding and dropping classes. Additionally it would give users the ability to sort classes needed for a concentration or minor.

Renee Lawlor and Jenna Trinchini presented a mobile app ironically called Speedy South. It would alleviate the problem of waiting in the long kiosk ordering lines. From your phone you would be able to quickly and easily order your meal from any location on campus. You would enter your student identification number and pay with dining dollars or bulldog bucks the same way as you currently do. After your order was placed an approximate countdown timer would appear on the app telling you the time until estimated pick up. It would change depending on your order and the time you ordered.

Another excellent feature was delayed ordering. This would give students and faculty the option of placing an order early in the day and waiting until a later time to pick up. Lawlor said, “This would mean if you had class until 12:30 you could order in the morning and get out of class and go straight to South and pick up your meal.”

Cheikh Seck pitched a concept for an application that would allow you to download all your syllabuses and scan them to pull the important deadlines and grade weighting for each assessment. The app would then let you set goals for each assignment and then show you your projected final grade.

Finally Rohan Vakil pitched another idea to use the light sensors in the Unistructure classrooms to show if they were being used or not. He cited the common problem of spending 20 minutes walking in circles with your group looking for an open space to meet. He proposed displaying the data from the light sensors on a television by Janikies.

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