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UConn Students Create Sober Driver Locator App

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The Daily Campus reportsSobrio, an app created by two UConn students was named one of the Connecticut Technology Council‘s 2012 Tech Companies to Watch.

The app connects intoxicated partygoers with sober drivers willing to provide safe transportation.

You can check out Sobrio’s Facebook page here and follow them on Twitter here.

UConn Goes For A High Tech Tool for Firefighters

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When firefighters arrive on the scene of a fire, they often confront a series of questions,”What’s inside? Where are the exits? Whats’ the floor plan?”

Emergency crews at the University of Connecticut now have a tool at their disposal which can clear up many of those questions.The Command -Scope All Hazard Pre-Incident Plan digitizes floor plans, hazardous material locations, utilities, evacuation plans and more and allows access to the information by computer on the scene.In a press release, Chief John Mancini of the University of Connecticut Fire Department said , “CommandScope will save us critical minutes that could save lives. The latest building data is instantly available on mobile devices in our vehicles so we can coordinate our efforts to quickly and efficiently take action.”

The database covers both the facilities in Storrs and the Health Center campus in Farmington. Data will be uploaded and made available to other public safety personnel on campus. The software is made by Real View, LLC who specializes in paperless, mobile technology solutions .




UConn Introduces Official Mobile App

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Do you go to UConn?  There’s now an app for that.

The app, myUConn, is available now for iPhone and Android and features practically everything you could think of.  It includes a course catalog, an events calendar, dining menus, maps, live tracking of buses and even the school’s radio station.

As a UConn grad this is something I definitely wish was around for my college career.  What about you?


Verizon Expands 4G LTE Coverage Near UCONN Storrs Campus

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Verizon Wireless announced today the recent activation of new 4G LTE coverage in Mansfield to enhance the network’s coverage at UConn and along Routes 44, 195, 275 and 320.

Verizon’s 4G LTE network — the largest of its kind — provides Verizon customers with 4G devices with download speeds up to 10 times faster than when using 3G networks.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $3 billion into its New England network since 2000, including more than $297 million in 2011, the company said.

“People across Connecticut are increasingly relying on tablets, smartphones and apps to stay organized, connected and entertained. Our investment in Tolland County — and across New England — has kept us ahead of these consumer trends and underscores our belief that 4G LTE delivers the best value to customers by maximizing the performance of their wireless devices,” executive director for Network for Verizon Wireless, Richard Enright said.

Verizon says that by the end of 2012, the 4G LTE network will be in more than 400 markets across 49 states.

For more information about Verizon’s 4G LTE network, you can visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.

CL&P Recognizes Young Inventors With Energy Award

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Front row, left-right, Alex Semenza, of Mansfield; Owen Zimnoch, of Lebanon; and Serena Robidoux, of Somers. Second row: Jeremy Page, of Fairfield; Thomas Nurse, of Brooklyn; and Isabelle Benson-Clarke, of Marlborough. Back row: Andrew Tan, assistant engineer, Transmission Protection & Controls Engineering, CL&P; and Diana Mahoney, director, Transmission Engineering, CL&P. (Photo by Laura Dinan)

Six youths received the Connecticut Light & Power Energy Award at the 29th annual Connecticut Innovation Convention which was held at Gampel Pavilion late last month.

The recipients were: Thomas Nurse, a seventh grader at Brooklyn Middle School; Jeremy Page, a sixth grader at Roger Ludlowe Middle School in Fairfield; Isabella Benson-Clarke, a fourth grader at Marlborough Elementary School; Serena Robidoux, a third grader at Somers Elementary School; Alex Semenza, a second grader at Annie V. Vinton Elementary School in Mansfield; and Owen Zimnoch, a first grader at Lebanon Elementary School.

To be considered for the award, the inventions either had to generate electricity, conserve electricity, or use green technology as a source of energy.

More than 700 K-8 students showcased their inventions at the convention.

UConn Recognizes Cigna For Tech & Business Philanthropy

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Bloomfield-based Cigna Corporation received the 2012 Outstanding Strategic Partner Award at the UConn School of Business Hall of Fame Celebration last week.  The annual award recognizes businesses that have strong ties to the university and have worked with the school in a mutually beneficial way.

Cigna offers paid internships—in project management, marketing and actuarial services—to business and technology students and established an innovation lab on campus last year. Management information systems, computer science, management of servers, hardware and software are all areas of development within the innovation lab. Students are also using the lab to create mobile applications for the insurer.

Cigna has contributed $2.3 million to the university in about a decade, according to Insurance Networking News.

You can read more here.

UConn Introduces New Fuel Cell Power Plant

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UConn, along with UTC Power and the Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), commissioned a new fuel cell power plant at UConn’s Depot Campus on Thursday that will supply the campus with clean and efficient energy, cooling and heating.

The installation of a UTC Power PureCell system was made possible by a federal stimulus grant from CEFIA.  The fuel cell installation comes on the heels of UConn President Susan Herbst signing an expanded climate action plan for the school last month that outlines more than 200 strategies for sustainable energy and resource conservation.  The goal is to achieve a carbon-neutral Storrs campus by 2050.

The 400kW fuel cell will provide energy to various UConn research labs and offices, including those working on advancing fuel cell and microgrid technology at UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering.

The new power plant will also serve as a teaching tool for UConn students, helping them better understand the technology and benefits behind advanced microgrid energy systems that deliver eco-friendly clean, reliable energy that won’t damage the environment.

 You can read more and see photos of the ribbon cutting ceremony at UConn’s blog here.

Winners Announced At CT Collegiate Business Plan Competition In New Haven

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The Entrepreneurship Foundation held their Spring Semester Connecticut Collegiate Business Plan Competition today at the New Haven Lawn Club.  $13,500 in grants were up for grabs in seven different categories.  The contest included 23 finalists from 11 different Connecticut colleges and universities.

The winners were:

  • Best Personal Business ($5,000): Petal Post, a Wallingford company providing easy to install decorative flower pots for fence posts.   Team leader: SCSU student Kaitlyn Moral.
  • Runner-Up Best Personal Business ($1,000): LudusPro, a Waterford-based tablet application to simplify recording and sharing of sports statistics.  Team leader: UConn Storrs student Mike Shaprio.
  • Best Written Plan for a Personal Business ($500): Hebron-based Artistic Projection specializing in visual promotion using projection onto large surfaces.  Team leader: Manchester Community College student Gregory Stevens.
  • Best Oral Presentation for a Personal Business ($500): Bright Turn, a Stamford company creating LED-lighted gloves that serve as turn-signals for cyclists.  Team leader: University of Bridgeport student Brian Krost.
  • Best Venture Enterprise ($5,000): Qustir, a mobile marketing application that connects users through coupon sharing based in Hamden.  Team leader: Quinnipiac student Thomas Nassr.
  • Runner-Up Best Venture Enterprise ($1,000): DMAP, a new approach to predictive analytics within financial markets based out of Cambridge, MA.
  • Best Social Enterprise & Best Written Plan  for a Venture Enterprise ($500 each): Haven Docu-Services a company out of New Haven that organizes, scans and shreds documents for small businesses.  Team leader: SCSU student Cari Tate.
  • Best Oral Presentation for a Venture Enterprise ($500): Branch-In, a New Haven-based online dating company that aims to help single individuals meet friends-of-friends for potential dates.  Team leader: Yale student Dorothy Halsey.


March Madness: A Lesson In Online Marketing

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(Richard Messina, Hartford Courant)

This time of year in Connecticut is often an exciting time with both UConn basketball teams usually being invited to the NCAA Tournament.  Not only do we look forward to following the local schools but we have office pools and non-stop television coverage to add to the experience.  In recent years, the NCAA has done an exceptional job of marketing their tournament through digital and social media, adding yet another layer to tournament excitement.

There are a bunch of apps out there made for the tournament but the one truly worth downloading is the official NCAA March Madness Live app.  The app is a free download and for $3.99 March Madness Live allows you to watch every game as it airs in case you can’t make it to a television during game time (otherwise known as you’re at work).  The app is also loaded with some free features to complement your game watching experience.  It comes loaded with a bracket for you to fill out and enter into a contest and many alert options, including: team-specific alerts, potential upsets, overtime and close games inside of five minutes.

I used the app a lot last year, even when I was home and in front of a TV.  If there are two great games on and you don’t feel like flipping back and forth between channels, setting up your Apple or Android device to watch one game while your TV has another is very convenient.

 As you can see in the above picture, March Madness also has quite the presence on Facebook with over 232,000 likes. This allows the NCAA to upload pictures, engage their readers and direct users to other Facebook pages for people to like.

Throughout the tournament, March Madness will be a prominent trend on Twitter, too.  As of this writing, a few hours before the bracket is announced, most of the national trends are college basketball related.

Business Insider has a comprehensive list of things that organizations can learn from the marketing of March Madness here if you’re so inclined.

Enjoy the Madness!