SCI students place in Randall Family Big Idea Competition
In March, three SCI students placed in the Randall Family Big Idea Competition. Held each Spring, this competition is an experience-based learning opportunity for Pitt students with big ideas who enjoy working in diverse teams to bring those ideas to life.
Paige Franjione, a BSIS student with a focus in IT Consulting and Data Analytics, won third place for her application DuoGeo, a mobile application that allows rock climbers to match up the route they are looking at with a dynamic image labeled with climbing information. There are more than 25,000,000 people who rock climb regularly around the world. When going rock climbing outdoors, there are set routes that are assigned a grade for difficulty, style, and safety. This information is often kept in guidebooks or online databases. Using DuoGeo, climbers are able to hold their phone up to the rock face and see their route from any angle. The application will use GPS and geospatial data to create a picture of the route that is perfectly oriented to match the angle of the rock face that the user is seeing.
Franjione spoke on the competition saying, “Sofia Leav, my project partner and a junior mechanical engineering student in Swanson, and I had an incredible time participating in Randall. We learned a ton about innovation and entrepreneurship in technology throughout the process. We are both members of Pitt’s climbing team and are incredibly passionate about the sport, and we honestly feel that much of our success in Randall can be attributed to that passion.”
Learn more about DuoGeo here.
Marcus Dubreuil, a BSCS student, won fourth place for his project Electronic Flip Folder (Eflip.me), an electronic music viewer and group performance manager for Marching Bands and other musical ensembles. This application allows band leaders to select a song and have it automatically pulled up on every other band member’s smart device without them having to do anything. All you have to do is create a band on the Web site, add songs by uploading files directly or pulling from a cloud storage, send all of your band members the connection ID, authenticate your band leader’s devices, and then you are ready to start performing! EFlipFolder also has drawing capabilities with even finer detail than paper and supports multiple performances running at once for overlapping gigs or sectionals.
For more information on Eflip.me click here.
Paul Trichon, a computer science student at SCI, won fourth place for his innovative dating app called Inrstellar. The app is based around giving people the opportunity to connect first through shared interests and values, rather than solely through physical attraction. To use the app, users create two profiles – a “Public Profile”, which can include text and images that reflect who that person is but cannot show their face, and a “Private Profile” that must contain at least one facial
photo. After setting their preferences, users then rank the public profile of potential dates on a sliding “level of interest” scale. When two people rate each other positively, they match on the first level and enter each other’s Galaxy. They can then chat, and if the conversation goes well, a “Let’s Meet?” button appears. If both parties push the button, they move into each other’s Solar System, which provides access to their private profile.
Trichon explains the philosophy behind Inrstellar saying, “No matter who you are, or where you come from, you have an opportunity to present your ‘inr’ self first. People just want to be loved by someone who understands them.”