3rd Annual Websmith Group Student Innovation Project in Partnership with ECPI University & Mantis STEM
Richmond, VA – The Richmond/Innsbrook campus of ECPI University, Mantis Stem and Websmith Group teamed up to provide students with real-world experience in developing a mobile application project.
As part of our Websmith Studio #NextGenTech Student Innovation program, our mission is to cultivate and inspire the next generation of technologists to be creative thinkers, explorers, researchers, and learners. #NextGenTech is an extension of our existing NextGen innovation program and is designed to empower our next generation of technologists to find and develop a point-of-view regarding technology and innovation. Through the #NextGenTech Program we provide students an opportunity to learn first-hand how to utilize their classroom knowledge and apply it in the real-world by collaborating in teams and experiencing the full life-cycle of a development project.
The Project & Scope of Work
Students were split into two competing teams and had 5 weeks to develop a mobile application which integrates with the Mantis Platform Climate Sensors hardware. Using their creativity and technical knowledge, this year’s project required each team to develop an app that can read at least one environmental data point using the MantisOpenStem climate sensors (humidity, temperature etc.). They were required to develop an app with 3 basic functions to get a:
- Current temperature
- Current relative humidity
- Dew point, and finally
- Develop a custom app that could read at least 1 data point from the sensor
Final Presentations & Judging
The final presentation and judging took place on Thursday, March 27th at ECPI University Innsbrook. A panel comprised of Websmith Group associates and ECPI administrators selected the final winning team. The winning team members will each received an award. In addition to the winning team, Websmith Group also selected a MVP student who they felt had gone above and beyond.
2016 Student Innovation winners
Team Omnipotense: Sid Williams, Tavaris Woodson, Abram Baslious, Kawand Jasper, Abdallah Mazahar
App Description: In less than 5 weeks, the members of Team Omnipotense developed an innovative mobile app which integrates with the MantisOpenStem Climate sensor and reads and catalogues all available environmental settings. Both student teams developed solutions which included a detailed configuration panel and included mobile and email notifications for environmental readings which exceed a user-determined minimum and maximum threshold. The stated target audience for the solution included industrial settings (garages), agriculture (greenhouses) and consumer (cigar/humidors).
Websmith Group’s 2016 MVP Award Winner: Sid Williams
Websmith Group would like to thank ECPI University Innsbrook students & staff and Mantis STEM for partnering with us for our 2016 Student Innovation program. For more information about our #NextGenTech Student Innovation Program, please visit Student Innovation Program for details.