CMU Students Create iPhone App SurveyMonster-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

CMU Students Create iPhone App SurveyMonster-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

CMU Students Create iPhone App SurveyMonster

A Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley student team created an iPhone app picked up by the iPhone store. Reggie Nair, Vineet Nair, and Ganesh Kaveripakkam joined together to design the iPhone app SurveyMonster 1.0 for their course “Real World Software Engineering for Entrepreneurs.”

Todd Sedano, director of the software engineering department, teaches “Real World Software Engineering for Entrepreneurs.” The course requires students to launch a software product onto either Facebook or Apple's iPhone/iPad. Students need to hit the ground running in order to get feedback from users quickly and put their entrepreneurial skills to the test. Their final product is ultimately judged by well-known Venture Capitalists.

Speaking of the team’s success, Sedano said, “The team listened to the marketplace and refined their original idea into an exciting project. Typically, engineers don't see beyond their laptop. I'm proud of how they responded to feedback from customers.”

Carnegie Mellon courses, such as this one, are known for using learn-by-doing methodology, which allows students the opportunity to get relevant, real-world experience in the classroom. SurveyMonster team member Reggie Nair commented, “This is a killer course to develop your idea into reality with a team. In 12 weeks you can recruit your team, develop your first product, and begin business development. There are plenty of opportunities to pitch your product to experts including VCs.” Fellow students Katie Hope and Jason Crawford assisted the team with external graphics design and mentoring, respectively.

The successful app, SurveyMonster 1.0, enables iPhone (as well as iPad and iTouch) users to create surveys, respond to surveys, and view survey results. Surveys can be responded to via the app or via web server at Surveys can be published using this server, email, and the users’ Facebook wall. Results are updated to iPhones instantly. Currently, SurveyMonster is a free iPhone app.

The vision of SurveyMonster, designed for a large, interactive audience, is to “empower consumers with instant and accurate information leveraging mobile and social networking media.” Target customers include business owners, event organizers, and educators.

For the next several months the team will continue to develop SurveyMonster with enhancements requested by beta customers, along with other planned features. The team will emphasize business development and seek to enroll more subscribers.