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Senior Project Showdown 2013

Meet the Winners: Senior Project Showdown 2013

By DeVry University

In 2013 DeVry University kicked off the first annual Senior Project Showdown – a national competition of Senior Projects, Media Portfolios, and Capstone projects. Months of hard work go in to these projects - a culmination of the efforts put into each class leading up to graduation.  

"Your senior project class is your final course before you graduate and can show off your knowledge to potential employers. The Senior Project Showdown is your opportunity to show off the wealth of knowledge you have acquired from your years at DeVry to the entire world,” states Matthew Segreti, DeVry University Alum and 2013 Senior Project Showdown grand prize winner.

“It's such a unique want to win obviously, but when you see the caliber of performance on a national stage and realize that's your school?  It lends even more credence to the value of a DeVry education. My best advice for anyone in a Senior Project class, not just for the Showdown, is to find a project that inspires you and is a bit past your comfort level.  You will have to stretch, communicate, learn and grow. This is your chance to take your educational experience by the horns and make it your own.  Do not back down from the challenge!  Dream big and achieve more.” – Eric Singleton, DeVry University Alum and 2013 Senior Project Showdown first prize winner.

Check out the incredible projects that rose to the top in 2013 below, and stay tuned for the 2nd annual Senior Project Showdown on 6/1/14.

Project name: SMRT Table
Team: Matthew Segreti, John Champion, Mike LaVine

About the project:
The smart table is designed to be a tool for restaurant use. This table could be placed in any kind of restaurant setting. The customer(s) would sit at the table and navigate their way through the custom graphical user interface (GUI). The customer can then place their order which is wirelessly transmitted to the kitchen where the cook can prepare the customers food accordingly. Additional features: more games, web based activities, apps, inventory control, management options, graphic settings, user login to remember past orders and so much more. The possibilities are truly endless for the SMRT Table.

Project name: Mobius Dynamic Designs
Team: Eric Singleton, Angelica Marotta, Terry Hedrick, Jessica Burnot, Aaron Nelson

About the project:
Our project is a unique solution within the Multimedia Design and Development (MDD) program entitled Mobius Dynamic Designs.  Normally, MDD students are split up among other project teams where they hopefully get to use their hard-earned skills, but they could just as easily wind up being the technical writer or team secretary and not be allowed to show their talents.  We wanted to experience the reality of the business of design, so we decided to take a new approach to the problem.  We created a mock business to emulate a real-life design studio and marketed our services to other senior project teams.  We worked with a talented business major to setup our business structure, business plan, and internal forms and then got to work!  Our experience was amazing!  Over the sixteen weeks, between internal and external sources, we completed over 30 separate projects.

Project name: Lazy Cat
Team: Adnan Rashid, Raul Garcia, Josh Kofoot, Zach Marwig, Mitch Phillips, Justin Taylor, Hoa Truong

About the project:
Lazy Cat is a physics-based puzzle game aimed for the casual or mobile gamer. You have 3 different "Rooms" to encounter and each room has several levels to complete. The goal is to build a structure or platform using items from your toolbox that will allow the cat to roll down it and reach her destination which is her bed. Your items from the toolbox consist of various furniture items that cause different reactions when the cat comes into contact with them. There are numerous ways to complete each level and the fun lies in creating your personal structure to beat the level!