2014 App Challenge Finalists and Winners


2014 App Challenge Judges


2014 Grand Prize Winner

The Puppy Test

Artur Grabowski
Chicago Booth

For prospective dog owners, The Puppy Test mobile app provides a realistic simulation of owning a puppy by combining accurate dog behavior data, incessant notifications and time consuming, in-app activities. It is an instance of a larger framework for preparing users to make high-commitment time-intensive decisions.

Artur is a full-time MBA student at the Booth School of Business. Prior to graduate school, he supported Silicon Valley Bank’s venture debt and equity funding of technology startups. Artur is a prospective dog owner.

Finalist: Oratoria

Brian Geddes
Chicago Booth

Oratoria is a private coach for public speaking. It allows users to record practice videos and provides automated feedback about pitch and pace. Users can also upload speeches and use the app as a teleprompter, or review famous historical speeches for inspiration.

Brian Geddes is a first-year MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, focusing on entrepreneurship and marketing management. Brian is a devout believer in the power of good ideas, and believes that nurturing small ones can change the world in a big way. Brian loves his wife, his dog, and UCLA sports.


Finalist: Priority Updates from the Research Literature (PURLs)

Kate Rowland
Department of Family Medicine

The PURLs app pushes relevant content from medical research literature to practicing family physicians and other primary care doctors, tailored to what they want and need to know.

Kate Rowland is a family doctor in the Department of Family Medicine. She is editor-in-chief of the Priority Updates from the Research Literature (PURL) series.