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Patch featured Pace University in "Pace Students Win Top Honors at App Competition"

12/18/2020

Patch featured Pace University in "Pace Students Win Top Honors at App Competition"

Pace University students were on two of the top three winning teams in an app development competition sponsored by a San Jose-based company that created an internet protocol designed to protect personal data and address privacy concerns.

In recently announcing the winners of the month-long @ppathon competition featuring students from throughout North America, The @ Company awarded $5,000 in seed money and a six-week mentorship with the company so that students could continue developing their applications.

The Pace winners designed a health application (@health) that helps people safely store and send health information such as calorie intake and exercise, and participate in fitness-related challenges with friends and family, as well as a separate online chatting platform (@signal) that allows people to connect with others in an easy and secure way.

"The achievement of Pace students and all the other students in this competition is testament to the vision and innovative qualities that exist in our young people today," said Dr. Jonathan Hill, Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University. "That these students are both at the undergraduate and graduate level goes further to show that great ideas arise at all levels. I am very proud of our Pace students and we look forward to supporting them as they continue to develop their excellent apps."

The competition was designed with few constraints for the student developers. It prioritized ingenuity and apps that featured key attributes of the @protocol including true peer-to-peer use cases, privacy, security, and simple and fun user experience (UX). The event highlighted a wide range of creative, high-utility ideas, and included 30 students and graduates who comprised the six teams.

"The @ppathon was designed to serve as a competition of internet innovation for college students. We believe that young developers and college graduates have what it takes to revolutionize the internet and rectify its enormous flaws," said Barbara Tallent, Co-Founder and CEO of The @ Company. "By hosting a month-long event with seed funding prizes and numerous training/practice pitch sessions, we're confident that our participants were provided with the first step to applications for the new era of the internet."

The winners were selected based on the potential of the @pps they pitched and the competency of the teams themselves. The winners were:

    @signal team: Gefei Zhang, Lang Gong, and Sen Wang (Pace University)
    @health team: Manual Garza, Jack Bonnelycke, Betsy Gorelik, Junior Jean and Michael Rooplall (Pace University)
    @family team: Emnetu Xavier Chanthavong and Michael Amorin

In addition to the winning apps, participants designed a surveillance-free advertising platform that allows @sign owners to get paid to view ads, help content owners get paid, and share crypto peer-to-peer; a safety app that will provide @sign holders with a sense of security and peace of mind wherever they or their loved ones are, through safety alerts, location havens and more; and an online platform providing a secure method for local vendors to offer potential clients goods and services through an interactive bidding process and comprehensive marketplace.

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Press Release: Pace University Computer Science Students Earn Top Honors at App Development Competition

12/16/2020

Press Release: Pace University Computer Science Students Earn Top Honors at App Development Competition

The @ Company provides $5,000 prize and mentorship as part of challenge to develop next generation of privacy conscious applications

NEW YORK and PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (Dec. 16, 2020) — Pace University students were on two of the top three winning teams in an app development competition sponsored by a San Jose-based company that created an internet protocol designed to protect personal data and address privacy concerns.

In recently announcing the winners of the month-long @ppathon competition featuring students from throughout North America, The @ Company awarded $5,000 in seed money and a six-week mentorship with the company so that students could continue developing their applications.

The Pace winners designed a health application (@health) that helps people safely store and send health information such as calorie intake and exercise, and participate in fitness-related challenges with friends and family, as well as a separate online chatting platform (@signal) that allows people to connect with others in an easy and secure way.

“The achievement of Pace students and all the other students in this competition is testament to the vision and innovative qualities that exist in our young people today,” said Dr. Jonathan Hill, Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University. “That these students are both at the undergraduate and graduate level goes further to show that great ideas arise at all levels. I am very proud of our Pace students and we look forward to supporting them as they continue to develop their excellent apps.”

The competition was designed with few constraints for the student developers. It prioritized ingenuity and apps that featured key attributes of the @protocol including true peer-to-peer use cases, privacy, security, and simple and fun user experience (UX). The event highlighted a wide range of creative, high-utility ideas, and included 30 students and graduates who comprised the six teams.

“The @ppathon was designed to serve as a competition of internet innovation for college students. We believe that young developers and college graduates have what it takes to revolutionize the internet and rectify its enormous flaws,” said Barbara Tallent, Co-Founder and CEO of The @ Company. “By hosting a month-long event with seed funding prizes and numerous training/practice pitch sessions, we’re confident that our participants were provided with the first step to applications for the new era of the internet.”

The winners were selected based on the potential of the @pps they pitched and the competency of the teams themselves. The winners were:

  • @signal team: Gefei Fang, Lang Gong (Pace University), and Sen Wang (Pace University)
  • @health team: Manuel Garza Bonnelycke, Jack, Betsy Gorelik, Junior Jean and Michael Rooplall (Pace University)
  • @family team: Xavier Chanthavong, Emnetu, and Michael Amorin

In addition to the winning apps, participants designed a surveillance-free advertising platform that allows @sign owners to get paid to view ads, help content owners get paid, and share crypto peer-to-peer; a safety app that will provide @sign holders with a sense of security and peace of mind wherever they or their loved ones are, through safety alerts, location havens and more; and an online platform providing a secure method for local vendors to offer potential clients goods and services through an interactive bidding process and comprehensive marketplace.

Lang Gong, a computer science major from Pace who was among the winners, said the competition gave students an opportunity to solve problems and learn new skills under the direction of professional app developers – all while working remotely.

“It’s an interesting experience to work on a hackathon together during the pandemic,” Gong said. “We worked on this project together and feel so close to each other, when in fact, we’ve never met in person … Our hope is that our app is able to help people connect and talk to strangers in a secure way and we believe it’s very important for people to keep connected in this worldwide pandemic.”

The @ Company’s announcement comes soon after another big win for Pace University students: recent Pace graduates won IBM’s “Call for Code Global Challenge,” which tasked developers to create solutions to help communities fight back against climate change and COVID-19. The top $200,000 prize went to Agrolly -- a team of developers from Brazil, India, Mongolia and Taiwan who met at Pace University in New York City. Together, the team designed an application to help the world's small farmers cope with the environmental and business challenges of climate change.

For more information about The @ Company, please visit https://atsign.com/.

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About Pace University

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains. Follow us on Twitter or on our news website.

About the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University

At Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, students experience a best-of-breed technology education at one of the first comprehensive schools of computing in the nation. Strategically located in the heart of NYC’s tech scene, the Seidenberg School places students on the doorstep of New York’s most promising companies, whether they are established tech giants or exciting new start-ups. Through partnerships with leading corporations, banks, federal agencies, and global entities, the School's curricula and programs are designed to give students the latest in computer science theory and invaluable hands-on practice to ground it. The faculty includes numerous cybersecurity experts who operate labs and centers providing students with practical experience and connections that lead to impressive internships and jobs.

About The @ Company

The @ Company is creating a more human Internet, where users (or as we call them, People) own and control their personal data and have better experiences online. We are technologists, creators, and builders with one thing in common: We love the Internet. We are co-creating a better Internet, with application developers building experiences on our Open, Permissions-based @protocol, and with People, who unlock these experiences with online, customizable online identifiers known as @signs.