Butterworth Product Development
Competition in ICS
and
Beall Student Design Competition in Engineering

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR'S WINNERS


Butterworth Product Development Competition in ICS

1st Place ($7,500) – Roco

Project Description: Roco is an intelligent mobile application that aims to use machine learning methods to create an automated private photosharing system. Using the application, users can capture and share pictures in an effortless way. A distinctive feature is that users can select from their list of friends the people they want to share their pictures with, set a timer specific to each person and take a set of pictures that will be automatically shared with these friends in realtime. During registration, Roco has a unique facescanning feature that uses a oneshot learning method combined with geofiltering to allow for facial recognition at higher accuracy. Geofiltering is an efficient filtering method by only queryingfaces with individuals that are close in location. If a picture contains people, the faces in it are automatically recognized and the picture is shared with everyone who appears in the picture. Roco also enables users to share their pictures with people who do not have the application by allowing the users to add nonusersor send out a link of photos they want to share to people by email or phone number.

Students: Jenny Hua, Bing Hui Feng, Naren Sathiya, Tu Nguyen, Kasean Herrera

2nd Place ($5,000) – NoteCycle

Project Description: Quicknotes is a Crowdsourced classroom note platform. Students that feel that they take good notes can upload their class notes to Quicknotes and be rewarded. Other students in the class can then see that notes have been posted for this lecture section. Students who wish to view the notes are given a short survey (whenever available) or if not available are asked to pay a micro-transaction on the order of 50 cents per set of notes. After they download the notes, they can rate them so that other students in the class will know which note have found most useful. In order to incentivize students into uploading notes they receive some of the profits for each download of their notes. This also encourages students to post the best possible notes so that they get positive ratings, resulting in more downloads, giving them a larger income.

Students: Arvind Sontha, Ofri Harlev, Treston Mendonsa

3rd Place ($2,500) – FanFeed!

Project Description: FanFeed is a free mobile application, available on iOs and Android, that aims to enhance the fan in-stadium experience by helping users avoid long concession stand lines at sporting events by providing in-stadium food delivery and in-seat food purchase. Forget the idea of leaving your seat at that crucial moment that you don’t want to miss for a beer, some food, or beverages. Fans will now have the opportunity of being able to order food to their seats, no matter where they are located in the stadium. With our efficient delivery system and easy-to-use mobile application, attending a game will never be the same again.

Students: Candace Wu, Ravi Patel, Brandon Troung


Beall Student Design Competition in Engineering

1st Place ($7,500) – MuTech Scientific

Project Description: DECAY-Z is a device that will help promote the ease of access to HIV diagnostics by decreasing the cost of production through microfluidics. Microfluidics allow greater reagent efficiencies with increased reaction surface area to fluid ratios. This enables a reduced cost by minimizing the most expensive regents in current diagnostics platforms.

Students: Ya Kevin Thao, Abraham Phung, Diego Sandoval, Eric Wilde, Zaw Mai, Cory Schoenborn, Michael Bulotano

2nd Place ($5,000) – Sixth Sense

Project Description: Energy Conservation Observer (ECO) is a context-aware device that accumulates a user’s energy consumption data, senses personal energy waste and provides eco-feedback to promote sustainability in the following ways:
It will understand the user’s energy needs and learn her usage habits to alert her (and potentially the public utility company) when energy wastage is detected.
It will prompt the user to take action by correlating utility bills with ECO’s recommendations.
It will illuminate the context in which the user can contribute to save resources by giving timely alerts.

Students: Shriti Raj, Neeraj Kumar, LouAnne Boyd, Ali Shahbaz

3rd Place ($2,500) – OneSeed

Project Description: Similar to nurturing a child’s development, experiencing the plant lifecycle from seed, to seedling, to mature plant, provides people with intrinsic joy and happiness. Rather than an enjoyable hobby, gardening is perceived by most as intimidating and difficult. OneSeed will change this perception by simplifying and demystifying gardening. OneSeed is a “smart” gardening “system” that will remove the guesswork from gardening, making it easy and even FUN! By integrating multiple sensors and wireless technologies into a portable OneSeed Smart Unit, we’re able to collect and monitor vital parameters (e.g. soil moisture; UV exposure; ambient temperature; pH) to determine the condition and exact needs of plants without consumer intervention or the need for specific gardening knowledge/experience.

Students: Stella Liu, Vouy Yeng, Sandy Pham, Aaron Rosario, Briana O'Hern, Erik Henriquez, Ryan Kuhs

Prizes for each competition are:
1st Place: $7,500
2nd Place: $5,000
3rd Place: $2,500

Butterworth Product Development Competition at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Is a product development competition designed to encourage the creation of new technologies with potential for commercialization. Ideas and products are evaluated on their technological merits and potential to impact the marketplace. Students are encouraged to submit new products that involve the development of software and systems. Products that entail integration are acceptable as long as there is a substantial development effort.

The competition is open to all UCI students. Teams must be composed of at least two (2) students, one (1) of which must be enrolled at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

Beall Student Design Competition at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Offered to encourage the creation of new technologies, or solutions to current design problems that have the potential for commercialization. Ideas and products are evaluated on their technological merits as well as potential to impact the marketplace. Students are encouraged to submit new product ideas that involve the development of hardware and devices. Products that entail integration are acceptable as long as there is a substantial development effort.

The competition is open to all UCI students. Teams must be composed of at least two (2) students, one (1) of which must be enrolled at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering.

2014 Competitors
Last year's winners of the Butterworth Competition were composed of Business, Engineering, Medicine and ICS students. For more information on finalist projects, please visit http://www.ics.uci.edu/community/news/features/view_feature?id=2.