Intel Competition Results Announced
The first Intel-NMU Compute Continuum App Programming Contest ended last week with student presentations, judging and an awards ceremony. Teams of one to five NMU computer science students had spent two months learning Intel's new programming platform, the Compute Continuum System Developers Kit.
"NMU is the first and only university to gain access to the CC SDK before its worldwide release, so our students are among the pioneer app developers for Intel's new mobile computing platform," wrote Jeff Horn (Mathematics and Computer Science) before the closing event. "It allow programmers to develop apps across all types of mobile devices, including notebooks, netbooks, smartphones and tablets, and crossing technological ecosystems such Apple's iOS, Microsoft's Windows and Google's Android. Not all of the teams were able to bring their ambitious plans to full fruition, but all went in with innovative and original ideas. Intel requested that all of our contestants submit resumes."
In developing applications for the platform, students worked with each other, Intel engineers and NMU faculty and technical staff. They also relied on the facilities and expertise of the Intel NMU Powered By Lab in the Learning Resources Center. The presentations were delivered in the distance learning classroom (LRC 109) via video conference link so they could be viewed by Intel judges and representatives. Also, some student team members are at Intel headquarters in Oregon for winter internships and had to present their app remotely.
Intel sponsored the awards, which included $850 in prize money, trophies and medals. The contest winners and their entries were:
First Place, $500: Stephanie Simpler and Bruce Olson with an app that can turn a smartphone into a remote control for a PowerPoint slideshow.
Second Place, $250: Josh Fridstrom with a one-on-one Battleship application.
Third Place, $100: Clayton Powell, David Pfieffer (both pictured above) and Steve Jarvis with an app that allows live audio streaming to and from any mobile device over WiFi.