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And the 2017 Pitt Mobile App Challenge Winners Are…

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 17:04


Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Pitt Mobile App Challenge! We had more Code It entries and more Show It entries than during any previous year. Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated by submitting an entry or voting for their favorites. You helped make this year’s App Challenge a huge success!

And now the winners:

Code It Category

The "Code It" category asked students to build a working prototype of their app that functions on a mobile device.

First Place: $4,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

Adriena Cribb and Daniel Zheng for AskPitt

“AskPitt is a virtual assistant for Pitt students designed to make finding Pitt resources fast and intuitive. Available on Facebook Messenger, Slack, and Amazon Alexa, AskPitt leverages a simple and familiar messaging interface that quickly provides answers to common questions.”

Second Place: $2,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

Joel Austin and Gregory McKibbin for BABL

“BABL is a unique system created to help created a more culturally understanding and intellectually diverse campus community. It uses the idea of matching to help Pitt students of all campuses connect and help each other learn languages.”

Third Place: $1,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

Andrew Lendacky for UniTour-Pitt

“UniTour-Pitt is a unified university community service aiming to connect students with their Pitt surroundings. By using augmented reality, UniTour-Pitt displays information pertinent to all students. This project originally started as a Senior Design project with Chase Melius.”

Show It Category

The "Show It" category asked students to create a mockup of their app that showed what it would look like and how it would work.

First Place: $2,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

Hunter Stept for QuickSign

“QuickSign is a revolutionary app made specifically for the Pitt students that come in every year and have to sign people in and out. QuickSign will allow you to rapidly sign a guest in, or out, on your phone. Once the person is signed into QuickSign, their panther ID becomes “active” for that building so they can swipe in and avoid the wait.”

Second Place: $1,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

Robert Lasko for Wordsee

“Wordsee is an app that translates all audio detected on the phone into visual words. This will help millions of Americans with measurable levels of hearing impairment to be more confident in what they're hearing on the phone when official closed captioning is lacking (like in phone calls). Wordsee will help to bring down communication barriers faced by the deaf and hearing impaired every single day. 

Third Place: $500 in Amazon Gift Cards

Daniel Spero for Shaka

“Our mobile app is a social media platform that helps prospective and current college students stay up to date with what is happening at different college campuses including their own. We do this by providing them with a real-time, community-generated feed of current pictures and events, and allow them to connect with each other on their main social media platforms.” 

Thank you once again to everyone who participated in this year’s Pitt Mobile App Challenge. Even if you didn’t participate, we hope you’ll consider submitting an entry next year! You can learn more at http://technology.pitt.edu/appchallenge.  

Easier Gaming Console Connections in the Residence Halls

Monday, December 26, 2016 - 13:30


The new Pitt Gaming network provides a simpler way to connect gaming consoles and Smart TVs to the University’s network from Pittsburgh campus residence halls.

You can take advantage of the Pitt Gaming network by connecting your device to your room's network port with an Ethernet cable or by connecting to the PITT-GAMING wireless network. For optimal performance, we recommend that you connect to the wired network port in your room.

For details, please visit http://pi.tt/gaming.

Pitt Gaming Network

The Pitt Mobile App Challenge is Back and Better than Ever

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 12:20


The Pitt Mobile App Challenge gives Pitt undergraduate students at all campuses the chance to share their mobile app ideas with the Pitt community and the opportunity to win some terrific prizes, including $4,000, $2,000, $1,000, or $500 worth of Amazon gift cards! 

This year's App Challenge asks students to tackle one of five specific challenges. Once you choose your challenge, you can participate in one of two categories:

  • Show It: Create a visual mockup of your app that shows what it would look like and how it would work. The winning entry receives $2,000 in Amazon gift cards.  
  • Code It: Build a working prototype of your app that functions on a mobile device. The winning entry receives $4,000 in Amazon gift cards.  

You can work alone or as part of a team. All winners will be determined by a combination of student voting and scores awarded by a panel of judges.

Get started today! Visit the Pitt Mobile App Challenge Web page to choose your challenge, download the submission template, and review the rules. You’ll also find resources to help you get started building your app. Submissions open February 1. Good luck!

App Challenge

CourseWeb Extended Maintenance Scheduled for Dec. 26-27

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 15:11


CourseWeb, the University of Pittsburgh's implementation of Blackboard Learn, will be unavailable during an extended maintenance period from 10:00 p.m. on Monday, December 26 through 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27. Access to My Pitt Video will also be unavailable during this time.

Although a maintenance period has been scheduled during these times, the systems will be returned to service earlier if work is completed ahead of schedule. This maintenance is necessary to maintain the stability and reliability of the CourseWeb system.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions regarding this announcement.

Some Exciting New Features are Coming to My Pitt!

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 13:04


On December 21, My Pitt will be enhanced with several new features that will make it faster and easier to access University resources and information.

  1. Search More Easily: Try the powerful new search bar.   
  2. Browse More Quickly: Find services in a flash with new task icons. 
  3. Ask Cathy: Connect with familiar services and discover new ones.

Learn more at http://pi.tt/mypittenhanced

My Pitt Enhancements

Protect Your Privacy with Multifactor Authentication

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 12:32


Now you can protect your privacy and enhance the security of your data by enabling multifactor authentication for many University online services.  

Multifactor authentication adds another layer of protection to Pitt Passport by requiring two “factors” to log in to a service: something you know (like your password) and something only you have (like your mobile phone on which you will receive a login confirmation notice).

Multifactor authentication ensures that your password alone cannot be used to access confidential information, such as grades, tuition payments, retirement account details, pay statements or direct deposit information.

Multifactor authentication involves three basic steps:

  1. Register a device
  2. Select the services you want to protect
  3. Log in to protected services using the device you registered

Multifactor authentication is quick and easy. Much like fastening a seat belt in a car, it provides significant safety benefits with minimal time and effort.

We encourage you to begin using multifactor authentication today. Our privacy strategy will use multifactor authentication to provide access to University systems that house sensitive information. Visit http://technology.pitt.edu/multifactor today to get started.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412 624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions.