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Yesterday we held the final awards ceremony for the VisitND Mobile Technology Challenge here at the University of Notre Dame.  Over $5000 in university funded prizes were awarded to 21 students representing the six finalist teams in the challenge.  I had the pleasure of serving as the Master of Ceremonies for the celebration and several Notre Dame leaders were in attendance to congratulate the winning teams.

VisitND was a campus competition to build the best mobile campus tour for the ND Mobile app. The goal of the tours is to improve the guest experience by providing information on points of interest around campus. All current Notre Dame students were eligible to participate.  Notre Dame leaders worked with SAP, Modo Labs, Innovation Park and its Office of Information Technology to collaborate on a student challenge that would engage and educate students in a fun and interesting way while exposing them to mobile technology.  By tapping into their creativity and innovative skills, Notre Dame can use the tour innovations for future campus visitors and guests.

Winners of the VisitND Challenge were awarded their prizes on Tuesday, December 1st at Innovation Park at Notre Dame. Judging and choosing a winner was extremely tough, and the scores were very close.

The winners are:

• 1st Place ($2,500): History of ND (Kevin Wilkins and Ryan Sweeney)

• 2nd Place ($1,000): Campus Pilgrimage (Brogan Ryan, CSC; Brendan Ryan, CSC; and Stephen Barany, CSC)

• 3rd Place (SAP jackets): Notable Notre Dame People (Erin Aucar, Joe Driano and Alexander Hansen)

• Modo Labs Special Prize ($1,000): History of ND (Kevin Wilkins and Ryan Sweeney)

In addition, all teams that did not receive 1st or 2nd place received a $250 team prize.

Congratulations to each team for their fantastic campus tours! All six finalist tours are still available for viewing in the ND Mobile App. Thank you to the VisitND Challenge Sponsors: Notre Dame’s Office of the Executive Vice President, SAP, Innovation Park at Notre Dame, Modo Labs and Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technologies.