Duke Co-Lab Invites Students to Write Their Own Technology

Co-Lab Hackathon (Photo: Michael Faber, Duke University)
Co-Lab Hackathon (Photo: Michael Faber, Duke University)

As a freshman at Duke University Robert Ansel was frustrated that he couldn't use the e-print service available on campus through his smartphone. This double major in Electrical & Computer Engineering andComputer Science determined to build an app to do so, and then he promptly put it on the backburner -- until, that is, the following school year when he heard about a couple of freshman who had actually developed the beginnings of a mobile app to do the very same thing. Although they had figured out how to send files from a phone to a "server somewhere," they couldn't figure out how to build that server component, which could convert the files and print them. They put out a call for help, and Ansel and his friend Jason Oettinger answered.

But the deal was sweetened by the prospect of finishing something in time to enter it into a new development challenge put up by Duke's newInnovation Co-Lab. The deadline for submissions was just days away.

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