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First-Year Software Engineering Major Part of Team Awarded $15,000 in Vonage Social Messaging Competition

John Renner '16, a first-year student in the Golisano College software engineering program, was part of a team recently awarded $15,000 for their innovative social messaging application Attendr, as part of a contest hosted by Vonage. Renner and Brent Baumgartner, a first-year computer science student at the University of Virginia conceived of the application which aids conference and event attendees in connecting with each other and sharing information about events. 
 
Renner explains, "attendees can use an app on their smartphone to check in to the conference. They then get access to a content feed for the conference including comments, questions, photos, and announcements from other attendees. They can also chat directly with other attendees through the app without needing the other attendees contact info... People hosting the conference can also push notifications out to all attendees whenever necessary."
 
The contest had challenged students to devise the "next great evolution in social messaging" and Vonage CEO Marc Lefar was part of the panel that selected Renner's team's idea as the winner. While the contest was held at the University of Virginia, Renner and Baumgartner plan to develop the application for a full-scale launch, and even plan on partnering with a RIT graphic design student for visual work on the application. 
 
For more information check out Attendr's web site here: http://signup.attendr.co/
 
For additional news coverage, check out Virginia's Newsplex site.