BSU professors honored by AT&T for mobile application

Ball State University's iMedia project was awarded second place in AT&T's second annual 2009 Big Mobile On Campus Challenge, a national higher education contest for mobile application development.

The project created an application that has sections like a newspaper would: news, entertainment, weather and sports. It also includes an application called iVillage, which is an advertising application that shows the buildings of the Village that you can click on to get information such as drink and food specials.

Ball State staff members Michael Hanley, Jennifer George-Palilonis, Vinayak Tanksale and Suzy Smith were recognized for their work on the project and received $5,000 to split among themselves and a mobile device of choice each.

But George-Palilonis, George and Frances Ball distinguished professor of multimedia, said the award was team effort between students and professors.

IMedia is an interdepartmental course with students recruited from four different sequences: computer science, journalism graphics, advertising and telecommunications. Six professors taught a total of 21 students last year.

The award is a first for the iMedia project, which was a finalist for an Emmy in the technology division last year.

"It's really cool to be recognized on a national level because we put a lot of years of hard work into evolving this course and making sure that every semester we build on what we've done in past semesters and we take on new and challenging projects," she said.


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