Students Making an Impact

EECS students (pictured above) Clare Bayley ‘10, Carter Jernigan ‘08, Jasper Lin, M.Eng. ‘08, Christina Wright, M.Eng. ‘08 (seated front) and additional contributor Jennifer Shu M.Eng. ‘05 (standing right), were selected among the top 10 winners awarded in the second round of Google’s Open Handset Alliance competition for their project ‘Locale’ developed last spring term in EECS class 6.087, Building Mobile Applications with Android.

EECS students (pictured above) Clare Bayley ‘10, Carter Jernigan ‘08, Jasper Lin, M.Eng. ‘08, Christina Wright, M.Eng. ‘08 (seated front) and additional contributor Jennifer Shu M.Eng. ‘05 (standing right), were selected among the top 10 winners awarded in the second round of Google’s Open Handset Alliance competition for their project ‘Locale’ developed last spring term in EECS class 6.087, Building Mobile Applications with Android.

From 6.087 to Top Prize in Google Android, EECS Team ‘Locale’ Stands Out

EECS students Clare Bayley ‘10, Carter Jernigan ‘08, Jasper Lin, M.Eng. ‘08, Christina Wright, M.Eng. ‘08 and additional contributor Jennifer Shu M.Eng. ‘05, were selected among the top 10 winners awarded in the second round of Google’s Open Handset Alliance competition for their project ‘Locale’ developed last spring term in EECS class 6.087, Building Mobile Applications with Android.

The team, which won $25k last spring when they were selected among the top 50 winning projects from 1800 entries, will now be awarded $275k in this second and final round. As top winner’s, the team will also have the chance to have their application offered with the new Android cell phones, which are expected to be out before the end of 2008. Read more about the Locale team’s project at their preliminary website.

6.087/6.081 is an experimental course offered last spring term by the Department in cooperation with MIT’s Information Services & Technology organization. EECS Professor Hal Abelson taught the class with the assistance of MIT IS&T mobile device manager Andrew Yu. What distinguished 6.087/6.081 is its unique use of volunteer mentors—professional application developers from the Boston area’s software developer community. Eric Carlson of Connected Bits was the mentor for the Locale team.

Screen view of Android device showing the Locale application in use.

Screen view of Android device showing the Locale application in use.

This fall term 6.087/.081 is again being offered as a project course where student teams design and implement mobile applications under the guidance of industry experts. The course focuses on how to pick a project idea and rapidly bring it to fruition through the prototype phase, how to function as an effective development team, and how to present the work in a compelling way.

This time around, the student teams will be able to select from three platforms: Nokia, Windows Mobile, and Android—choosing the one most appropriate for their project.

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