And the Phase 1 winners are...

After several weeks of deliberation, we've narrowed our 141 entries to the top 18. Congratulations to our Phase 1 winners!  Beginning the first week of January, these semifinalists will begin prototyping their apps, in preparation for Phase 2 judging.  

Chorus - Steven Bandyk, Staff, PSD Computing

Chorus provides a group note-taking environment for the classroom that is time-synced to an audio or video transcript of the event.

GramCracker - Eric Shappell, Staff, Emergency Medicine

GramCracker empowers physicians to make better initial antibiotic selections for common infectious syndromes at the point of care. .

Interactive Clinical Cases - Atul Jain, MD, Faculty member, Department of Medicine (BSD)

Medical students will learn how to effectively use symptoms, physical examination findings, and lab testing to diagnose and manage a variety of clinical cases with virtual patients.

Intranet Communicator - Raymon Grogan, MD, Faculty member, Surgery

Intranet communicator will allow operating room staff to communicate directly with patient family members in the waiting room allowing rapid, efficient updates to the family in order to alleviate anxiety. Communication will be through the hospital intranet so that these communications remain HIPAA compliant.

Learning Wisely - C. Emily Lu, Graduate student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Healthcare costs are skyrocketing, but despite recommendations to reduce waste, trainees are unable to access this information while they are learning how to practice medicine. We aim to make this information usable and interactive in the clinical setting, and engage trainees to crowd-source the most wasteful practices in their area.

Made Here - Jennifer DerHovanesian, Graduate student, Masters of Arts Program Humanities

Made Here will allow consumers to find and rate businesses that carry locally made goods. This app will help boost our economy when you use it here in the U.S. and will help you find authentic souvenirs while traveling. 

medCV - Imran Shakir, DO, Fellow, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

medCV transforms your iPhone into your medical resume!  It allows you to easily organize and present important medical information about you to your providers to improve their ability to understand your medical needs.

Oratoria - Brian Geddes, Graduate student, Booth School of Business

Oratoria is a private coach for public speaking.  It records users voices to track pitch, clarity, and pace, and monitors users video image to track body language and posture.  Users can compare their recorded speeches against baseline readings, past practice speeches, and even famous orators.

PGx Connect - Keith Danahey, Staff, BSD

PGx Connect is a revolutionary app that determines a patient's genetic likelihood of responding adversely or favorably to prescription drugs.  Pharmacogenomic (PGx) summaries provide patients and providers with predictive, individualized drug-genetic relationships to prevent adverse drug reactions and promote selection of the right drugs without trial and error.

Pocket Dove - James Taylor, Staff, BSD -Ci3 - Game Changer Chicago Game Design Lab

Pocket Dove is a mobile application designed for 2-­3 minute sessions of small-scale philanthropic giving on the go. In short, it allows for a small-scale redistribution of money to places of need on the globe. Every day, up to 10 new causes are featured on the Pocket Dove world map. It's like a news update for worldly issues. The reader can choose to give coins to any given cause. As users give to different causes, they are gradually awarded with badges that reflect their giving values.

Priority Updates from the Research Literature - Kate Rowland, MD, Faculty member, Family medicine

The Priority Updates from the Research Literature (PURLs) app will push new content from the medical research literature to family physicians and other primary care doctors, tailored to what they want and need to know.

SharePlan - Vikrant Jagadeesan, Graduate student, Pritzker School of Medicine

SharePlan will allow physicians and ancillary staff to share patient treatment plans that update in real time. Ubiquitous access to the most accurate treatment plan will increase efficiency in task completion, encourage communication between medical teams and staff, and reduce delays in coordination of care and patient discharge.

Snoball - Laura Ruth Venable, Staff,Biological Sciences Division - General Internal Medicine

Snoball will allow researchers to spread and test ideas through social networks. Leveraging the access and mobility of smart phones will increase the feasibility for many participants in addition to allowing for secure data acquisition.

Speak. Plan. Do. - Samantha Evans, College student, Biological Sciences

This app would provide those who have difficulty communicating with others with easily programmable scripts and tasks. These programmed tasks can facilitate interactions/transactions between the primary app user and the personnel of the locations that the user frequents.

The Puppy Test - Artur Grabowski, Graduate student, Booth

The Puppy Test is a virtual pet app that uses incessant notification to simulate the time and energy commitment associated with buying a dog.

The Teaching Assistant (TA) - Meg Bates, Staff, CEMSE

The Teaching Assistant app will support teachers who are trying to improve their classroom instruction. The app will educate teachers regarding effective instructional practices and provide direct, real-time feedback on those practices.

ThisIsWhere - Harristas, Graduate Students, Harris School of Public Policy Studies

ThisIsWhere creates a user community that collects and curates place-memories: the important events in people's lives that have occurred in specific locations, like restaurants, bars, and parks. The app allows users to anonymously share their own memories and enjoy the memories of others.

weDecide - Jacob Rabinowitz, College student, Economics and Political Science

weDecide makes collective decisions more efficient. This app will harness the power of Quadratic Voting, a concept developed by UChicago Professors Glen Weyl (Economics) and Eric Posner (Law School), to improve the process through which applicants are chosen for a particular program, position, or honor. It will provide a seamless and customized experience for various stakeholder committees, and aggregate opinions to drive consensus.