6.087/6.081 students win first round in Google Android Developer Contest

May 14, 2008

Course VI class 6.087/6.081: Building Mobile Applications with Android has netted some very concrete results by semester's end--four undergraduate class members developed a project called "Locale," which was one of 50 winning projects selected on May 9 from 1800 entries to win in Google's worldwide competition Android Developer Challenge.

Students Clare Bayley '10, Carter Jernigan '08, Jasper Lin '08 and Christina Wright '08 were awarded the $25,000 prize as round one winners for developing Locale. Their project not only lets cell-phone users manage settings on their mobile devices, but is programmed to automatically change settings based on the user's current location. So, for example, the user's phone will automatically turn the ringer to vibrate when entering work or class or will forward calls to a landline when you are at home.

6.087/6.081 is an experimental course offered this semester by the EECS Department in cooperation with MIT's Information Services & Technology organization. Professor Hal Abelson taught the class with the assistance of MIT IS&T mobile device manager Andrew Yu.

What distinguishes 6.087/6.081 is its unique use of volunteer mentors--professional application developers from the Boston area's software developer community. Eric Carlson of ConnectedBits was the mentor for the Locale team.

Stay tuned--the Locale Team is now eligible to compete for higher levels in the challenge, leading to prizes of up to $275,000. Congratulations to all participants from 6.087/6.081 and good luck to the members of the Locale Team!