Computer Science students excel in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences pitch-off. This event takes place in all seven colleges at Iowa State University. Students have the chance to deliver a 90-second pitch about an idea or business they are working on to a panel of judges for cash prizes. In addition to a cash prize, the top two in each category (a new idea or existing business) in each college pitch off advance to the Innovation Pitch Competition, held on February 27.
LAS pitch selected winners in two categories; existing venture and new venture. Computer Science students won three out of four prizes. The winners follow:
New venture category first place: Matthew Burke, Masters student in computer science. His idea is to create an open source platform where people can identify small tasks that can be automated. Users come up with solutions, then businesses can browse, for the solutions that fit their needs.
Existing venture category runner-up: Anthony Oleinik, freshman in computer science and business. He is creating an app that is both a directory and rewards system for small businesses. It is designed for small communities who want to support their small businesses - consumers can get coupons and points when they shop at the member businesses.
Existing venture category first place: Dillon Jensen, junior in computer science. Co-founded Jensen Applied Sciences with his brother. Dillon won a couple of our itch competitions and was a runner up in the ISU State Fair competition this summer.
All three students advance to the Feb. 27 university-wide competition.