OnStar Challenge: Calling (hands-free) all student developers

January 28, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Sarah Ritenour

onstar-logo1OnStar, a comprehensive in-vehicle safety, security and communication service, is calling on students at The University of Toledo to partake in the OnStar Student Developer Challenge.

The challenge is a chance for UT students to explore the future of Responsible Connectivity while competing against the best student developers across the country to create the most original and compelling Voice App using OnStar vehicle data. The students need to keep in mind OnStar’s mission of “hands on the wheel, eyes on the road.”

The Grand Prize, also known as the Developer Dream Package valued at $10,000, includes an iPad, MacBook Pro and more.

Six semifinalists will win an all-expenses paid VIP trip to the O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, Calif., to present their applications to a panel of judges.

Students can enter as an individual or as a team of no more than five members.

“This is another great opportunity for our students to prove to the world and more importantly to themselves that important and lasting contributions to society can originate right here through their innovation and intellect,” said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, dean of the College of Engineering.

Naganathan is expecting at least 15 to 20 UT engineering students to participate in the challenge.

An kick-off workshop will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, in the Nitschke Hall SSOE Seminar Room.

At the workshop, students will learn additional information for the challenge and will have the opportunity to work hands-on with voice app experts from OnStar and QuickFuse.

Food, drinks and prizes will be provided for those who attend.

“It is my sincere hope that this is the first of many avenues through which OnStar and UT will build an outstanding partnership,” Naganathan said. “We truly look forward to a long and productive relationship with OnStar.”

Register at onstardeveloperchallenge.com.

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