CMU-SV Students Win Awards at Android Developer Camp 2011-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

CMU-SV Students Win Awards at Android Developer Camp 2011-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

CMU-SV Students Win Awards at Android Developer Camp 2011

CMU-SV Participants: Le T. Nguyen, Rami Shomali, Chinmay Garde and Wendy Fong
CMU-SV Participants: Le T. Nguyen, Rami Shomali, Chinmay Garde and Wendy Fong

Le T. Nguyen, Rami Shomali and Chinmay Garde participated in the Silicon Valley Android Developer Camp (AnDevCamp) held on March 4-6, 2011 hosted by PayPal in San Jose, California.

Le T. Nguyen is a research assistant at Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley campus (CMU-SV), and both Rami Shomali and Chinmay Garde are bicoastal Information Networking Institute - MSIT 22 Master's students.

At the event, participants had the opportunity to design, develop and demo a complete application. There was also a beginner technical track to assist first-time Android developers become familiar with the basics of the Android ecosystem. The AnDevCamp is a not-for-profit event for the Android platform, encouraging development using both the native Android SDK and web standards. The event kicked off on Friday, March 4, 2011, where ideas and teams came together. Teams then had the rest of the weekend to build their applications. On the evening of Sunday March 6, 2011 the teams presented their work to the public.

Le T. Nguyen was the technical lead of a 5 person team who developed an application running on Android phones and tablets. The application aims to provide safety and disaster relief information to help those affected and to the community (more info: http://www.disasterradio.org). "In the 2.5 days we were able to develop a running version of an application that allows the user to navigate through disaster relevant information displayed on the maps. Additionally, we provided the user with the capability of re-routing planned trips in order to avoid certain dangerous areas. With this application we won the Best Application Award (People's Choice) of the AnDevCamp 2011. Additionally, the work of our team received the Best Mash-up Award and Best Tablet App Award voted by the venture capitalists and the organizers," said Nguyen.

"At CMU-SV I am working with Professor Joy Ying Zhang on developing indoor positioning and navigation systems utilizing low-cost sensors embedded in mobile phones. Last year our research group was awarded with 50 Droid phones from Google. The AnDevCamp has helped me to deepen my knowledge about the Android development process and will significantly enhance the progress of my research," said Nguyen.

Best App Award Team
Best App Award Team: (front
row) Mark Zaller, Le T. Nguyen,
Roberto Colecchia; (back row)
Glenn Holt, Ajay Thakur

Rami Shomali and Chinmay Garde were the technical leads for another team who developed an application called "Android Assassin." The application is a near real-time strategy game, which leverages players’ locations. Players are assigned targets and other tasks based on their location. They can buy power ups to aid them in their quest. "Our goal is to build an easily extensible and customizable framework for location-based mobile games," explained Shomali. The application won the Best Creative App Award voted by the event sponsors.

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley partnered with Silicon Valley Android Developers who sponsored the event.