University of Oregon

Colligan User Interface Design Challenge '14


The Challenge:
After an amazing set of student entries and winners last year, Colligan Challenge is returning for a second year. 
The Colligan User Interface Design Challenge seeks to inspire University of Oregon students from all programs and classes to create a novel graphic user interface (GUI).  This event will result in teams presenting their final concepts/products to a panel of prospective investors and industry leaders. Based on the panel’s selections, prize money will be handed out to the winner and runner up teams. The challenge was inspired and sponsored by mobile technology pioneer Ed Colligan (UO ’83) and is presented by the University of Oregon Office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education.
How It Works:
Student teams of 2-5 will design a GUI application or system intended for the consumer market. The challenge will consist of two stages. First, student teams will register and participate in informal faculty coaching sessions (fall 2014). Coaching sessions are aimed at walking students through an interface design process from research and concept development to refinement and presentation. At the end of the fall term (2014), there will be an initial submission process to evaluate final presenters. The second stage of this challenge is the communication and presentation of the finalized interface concepts and will take place during the first weeks of winter term (2015) resulting in student teams presenting their ideas in front of a panel of reviewers composed of Ed Colligan as well as entrepreneurs and industry leaders. Based on this review, winners will be awarded cash prizes totaling $15,000.  Last year’s grand prize winners received $8,000.
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