Archive for April, 2013

Students’ Award-Winning WalkBack App Now Available

Have you ever promised to let a friend know when you arrive home and forgotten to do it? There’s an app for that, and it was developed by U.Va. engineering students!

Students Duylam Nguyen Ngo (’13) and Ashutosh Priyadarshy (’12) developed WalkBack to increase safety on college campuses, especially for students walking home alone at night. WalkBack is a free mobile app that creates an instant mobile connection between friends by simply touching their phones together, after which each person is automatically notified when everyone arrives home. Colleges can also anonymously use the data collected from WalkBack to make informed decisions on student safety.

This award-winning app won the Student Startup Madness competition at the 2012 SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, and the 2012 U.Va.-Darden Business Plan competition.

iPhone, iPad and iPod users, download WalkBack from the App Store here.

OpenGrounds and Vonage Sponsor ‘Virality’ Research

U.Va.’s OpenGrounds and Vonage are at it again — this time partnering to sponsor research on the viral spread of information as a characteristic of instantaneous global communication.

Faculty and graduate students are invited to apply by April 20 to be a part of a multi-disciplinary group, made up of two to three research teams. Each of the teams will be awarded $15,000-$25,000 to conduct their research and collaborate with the other teams over an eight-month period (May-December 2013).

OpenGrounds and Vonage previously partnered to sponsor a competition for students to “invent the future of social messaging.” First-year engineering student Brent Baumgartner took home the top prize and $15,000 for his location-based “Attendr” concept.

For more information or to see the call for proposals, click here.