2015 ExpoSItion award winners favor new apps, moms, Taylor Swift

Over 40 student projects were on display at the annual UMSI exposition on Monday, March 30, with several winning cash awards in four categories: Inspiration, Innovation and Impact; Academic/Research; Community/Service and Technology/Design. One project, the Broke App, won awards in two categories.

THE INSPIRATION, INNOVATION & IMPACT AWARD (New for 2015)

1st prize ($1,000) - The Broke App. A money management application for college students.
Kristen Sheppard, Michelle Fiesta, Prashant Iyer, Christina Czuhajewski, Jackie Wolf

Honorable Mention ($200) - Am I Native Enough? An online community modeled after in-person indigenous language preservation programs. This project is a finalist in the CHI Student Design competition.
Abhishek Dewan, Jumana Almahmoud, Mallory Anderson, Ram Kumarasubramanian, Sofia Gutierrez

ACADEMIC/RESEARCH AWARD

1st prize ($1,000) - Don't Be Scared, Mommy! Information visualization in an anonymous online environment for mothers.
Xuan Zhu, Yichi Zhang, Mengxiao Han, Yuzhou Gong

Honorable Mention ($200) - Words Like Knives: The Taylor Swift Ontology and Concordance. Uses RDF and OWL to organize her songs for the semantic web.
Kristen Reid

COMMUNITY/SERVICE AWARD

1st prize ($1,000) - The Washtenaw ID Project. A photo identification card program designed to connect residents to civic life and area businesses. 
Jasmine Hentschel, Kathy Kosinski, Allyson Mackay, Kristyn Sonnenberg

Honorable Mention ($200) - Design Clinic. A consultancy service where students and industry mutually benefit from design thinking. 
Adam Levick, Lily Samimi, Kruthi Sabnis Krishna

TECHNOLOGY/DESIGN AWARD

1st prize ($1,000) - SMAil-Smart Mailbox Application and Device. A hardware device that notifies recipients when they receive new paper mail.
Rushika Deshpade, Rohan Panicker, Yuepei Guo, Hsin Yen Tu

Honorable Mention ($200) - The Broke App.  A money management application for college students.
Kristen Sheppard, Michelle Fiesta, Prashant Iyer, Christina Czuhajewski, Jackie Wolf

View the online gallery of all submitted student projects.

Cash awards for prizes were donated by The Boeing Company and Yahoo!

Posted on April 8, 2015