Digitech to showcase student innovation, Dr. Marty to appear as panelist


Innovative student projects will be showcased at DIGITECH, an annual exhibition that recognizes achievement in digital technology and promotes collaboration between disciplines, on March 27-28.  Florida State University College of Communication & Information’s faculty and students will contribute to the event, which is presented by the Program in Interdisciplinary Computing.

To kick off DIGITECH, a panel discussion titled, “Learning, Innovating and Monetizing,” will be held on March 27 at 6-8 p.m., at the William Johnston Building in Room 2005.  A reception will follow.

Timothy Kinney of the Jim Moran Institute will facilitate the discussion, which will feature distinguished panelists:

Dr. Paul Marty
Dr. Paul Marty

The panel will discuss the building blocks of entrepreneurial success: acquiring the knowledge required to innovate, extracting unique and useful ideas from knowledge, and transforming ideas into a profit-earning enterprise.

In addition to Dr. Marty’s panel appearance, several CCI student projects will be among those on display on March 28 between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the atrium of the William Johnston Building.

DIGITECH will feature dozens of innovative student exhibits, including robotics, apps, creative works and tech start-ups plus dozens of department demonstrations.  While the application deadline has passed, students wishing to submit a project can until March 21.

“This year, we will be providing exhibitors experienced advice on how to take innovation and make it pay off as a business venture,” Ken Baldauf, director of the Program in Interdisciplinary Computing, said. “Several of our past exhibitors have gotten work out of showing their products at DIGITECH.  It also gives students a chance to connect with other students and brings together people from all the different colleges.”

Here is a sampling of work CCI students are planning to show at the exhibition:

Rx Tracker
Trang Huynh IT Senior & Melissa Esther ICT Senior
The goal is to create an efficient system that is an add-on to a pharmacy’s current mobile application. This will provide updates about the status of a patient’s prescription order so that s/he does not have to constantly wonder about the status of their prescription. This application will contain more detailed information about the status of a patient’s prescription rather than just a simple notice that it has been filled. In addition, there will be a way for users of the application to keep track of their own prescriptions so that they will be reminded when to take them and how many to take.

Let Us Dorm
Michael Iglesias IT Senior
Traditional Property Management Systems lack a tenant facing interface making communication and coordination between property management and residents difficult. Our Resident Management System consists of features designed towards breaking down this barrier, increasing the comfort of living, attracting new residents, and streamlining facility operations.

CPE Digital Zine Library
Chealsye Bowley LIS Graduate  (online exhibitor)
The CPE Digital Zine Library is a curated digitized collection of self-published alternative media resources from the Center for Participant Education, a Florida State University student organization. The collection digitally preserves zines that are from CPE’s community zine library, which were created by CPE member authors and external authors. The exhibit aims to educate viewers on zines, and how they can be used for activism and education.

The free exhibition is open to the public and will feature a flight simulator, a musician performing an electronic cello at the awards ceremony, choreography and videos.

“There will be a lot of interesting things to see that aren’t necessarily on a computer screen,” Baldauf said.

DIGITECH will hold an awards ceremony on March 28 at 4 p.m., which will feature a short presentation by Florida State University vice president of research Dr. Gary Ostrander. Awards will be presented in the categories of Innovation, Expression, Contribution, Entrepreneur and Campus Contribution. A reception will follow with free hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

Last year, two students from the School of Information – Thomas Tricarico and Delondial Roberts – were collaborators on the project SciLoc, which won the Campus Contribution Award.  SciLoc was created to track and simulate the spread of diseases.

Learn more: http://digitech.fsu.edu/2014/