A team from Stanford Universityhas won the 2010 Juicy Ideas Collegiate Competition, a national contest that challenged students to create a software application using publicly available data to benefit their community. Their "Truth or Dare" entertainment app allows users to discover and research leisure activities, from places to take a date, to cookie recipes to bake, to movies available from the closest video store.
Stanfordnarrowly defeated a team from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, in Asheville, N.C., whose Asheville-Outdoors.com application provides interactive information on activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Students fromMITplaced third.
Designed to engage studentsin entrepreneurship and encourage innovation and creativity, Juicy Ideas was organized by AdvantageWest, the economic development group serving westernNorth Carolina, with support from Googleand in partnership with DigitalChalk, developers of an online software platform for training and continuing education.
"All the finalist teams approached the problem from different perspectives and technologies. Data usages involved everything from websites to multi-platform mobile applications," said DigitalChalk'sTroy Tolle. "We expected great uses of technology and these students delivered."