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Mickle Named Android Developer Challenge Winner


May 2008


Senior Computer Science major Robert Mickle was one of the 50 winners of Google's $10M Android Developer Challenge, a competition to produce great mobile applications built on the Android platform. Mickle was selected from among more than 1700 entrants worldwide to receive a $25K award and an opportunity to compete for further funding. According to Google,

Many of the top submissions took advantage of the geo and social networking capabilities of Android. These applications allow friends to share their personal experiences and favorite content such as vacations, photos, shows, music, cooking recipes, restaurants, and much more as they relate to certain locales. I've also seen applications that connect people during emergency situations and others that allow users to share information on how they can reduce their carbon footprint. One developer even turned a real city block into a playing field where gamers can role-play and chase after villains.

Furthermore, some of these applications provide rich interactive experiences by combining web services and mash-ups to bring together data that's on the web with data that's on the mobile device. One application combined weather, pollen and allergy information in the context of a map that is relevant to a user's location.

Mickle's project, Fingerprint, allows users of the Android mobile phone platform to do collaborative sketching, adding to a sketch or diagram that both can see. Mickle also participated in a special projects class at CU, offered in cooperation with the Coleman Institute for Cognitive disabilities, in which students developed prototypes of five systems using the Android platform to support people with cognitive disabilities.

Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. The Android SDK provides the tools and APIs necessary to begin developing applications on the Android platform using the Java programming language. Over 100 industry judges from around the world reviewed the submissions to determine the 50 winners, who will go on to compete in a final round of the competition, in which they will vie for ten $275K prizes as well as ten $100K prizes.

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