last week, Ken Singer's Mobile App Development class at UC Berkeley turned in their final projects for the semester. However, they weren't papers or presentations, and the stakes were much higher than simply a final grade.
Out of 10 mobile app teams, each made up of developers and business students, 3 will be moving on as finalists, and 1 will be traveling to Barcelona for the University Mobile Challenge, taking place at Mobile World Congress 2014.
Leading up to the big event, students will have the chance to showcase their mobile apps in a gallery created in a collaboration between the Applied Innovation Institute and the built.io team. This app gallery will allow students to “pitch” their app to the world and the public to vote for their favorite University Mobile Challenge apps. Apps will be showcased with descriptions of the use case, the team behind it, videos, screenshots etc. Prizes for winning this competition, which is open to all universities sending teams to Barcelona, include a 1:1 mentoring session with a Top Silicon Valley VC company.
The finalists from the last week's UC Berkeley competition are.....
- Stride - Shared carpooling to help companies manage transportation and incentivize employees to carpool. Companies currently pay on average $500K to buy a bus and 500K/yr/bus for about 30 employees. This comes to about $1/employee/mile for transportation. Stride’s approach marries a killer mobile-app with a cost-saving solution for companies.
- HandiTV - Patented hardware to enable case makers to make TV antennas for mobile phones and tablets. Initially launching in India, Russia, UK, and countries that have high over-the-air television viewing habits, HandiTV plans on offering a new solution for cord-cutters around the globe.
- TesDri - Enable car dealerships to streamline the experience of test driving a car so potential customers get in the car before they get frustrated and leave.
There were 7 more teams that created apps to aid in anything from catering to small group organization:
- Chibo - Mobile catering. Making it easier to cater food for an event or large group from a mobile app.
- Panacea - Promoting Culturally Competent Care. An app to enable doctors and nurses to access information about cultural differences in their patients and offer them superior treatment.
- Tempus - Take control of your time and increase your productivity with this time management app by understanding how you spend your time.
- Trialflow - Decreasing errors in prescription drug testing with an automated cloud-based mobile application.
- Loop - An organization app for groups of any size centered around tasks, events, and communication.
- Athemo - A web service to help you find the best health care plan for you and your family.
- Wish.it - Helps you find what you want at the cost you can afford. Interfaces with popular websites like Amazon, Craigslist, Ebay, and more.
The built.io team is looking forward to working with the University Mobile Challenge teams to advance their marketing efforts and be a part of a program that lets young, brilliant app creators thrive.
Stay tuned for the University Mobile App showcase on the built.io blog; more to come!