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AppStar winners know the taste of success

Appstar winneer

Mohammad Azmi (left) demonstrates the winning What2Eat@UTSC app to fellow contestants.

Fourth-year computer science students Waqas Nawaz, Mohammad Azmi and Neil Mendonca won the $3,000 top prize in UTSC’s inaugural mobile app development competition, AppStar. Their winning entry—What2Eat@UTSC—connects the UTSC community with food vendors on campus.

“We came up with the idea because we spend most of our time in the Instructional Centre and we wanted to know what food was available around campus without actually having to physically be there,” says Azmi.

What2Eat@UTSC enables users to browse, via their portable devices, the menus of all food and beverage services at UTSC or nearby. The mobile app includes daily specials, keyword search and the ability to rate food items on a five-star scale.

The second-place $2,000 prize went to John-Alan Simmons and Matt Olan for developing ResLife, an app that makes events, news and other information about residence life easily accessible to students. Third-place and $1,000 went to Rashid Ali for Study Space Spotter, which allows students to find available study space on campus.

The AppStar award ceremony was held just outside the Hub, a brand-new facility in UTSC’s Instructional Centre. Launched in January 2013, the Hub provides a state-of-the-art venue for students to develop technological and social innovations.