Native founders accept prize

Native, a startup company founded by three University of Colorado Boulder alumni, has won the 2015 Collegiate Competition of Colorado State University’s Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge. The team received a grand prize of $20,000 in cash, six months of business mentorship from senior executives from Blue Ocean Enterprises and several other prizes.

Hack CU participants at work in the Idea Forge

What does it take to build an app or website in 36 hours? Judging by the participants in CU-Boulder’s first national hackathon, a lot of teamwork, creativity and energy drinks.

More than 130 students from universities across the country gathered in the Idea Forge for the inaugural Hack CU event on April 10-12. Between 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday, students worked in teams to develop an app, website or game from scratch.

Dawson Botsford

Since high school, junior computer science major Dawson Botsford has been working in software security for the Department of Defense. But he recently decided to shift gears and made the big step of giving up his security clearance.

Collage of robotic materials inspired by nature

Prosthetics with a realistic sense of touch. Bridges that detect and repair their own damage. Vehicles with camouflaging capabilities.

Tom Yeh and Aaron Clauset

This year, the College of Engineering and Applied Science has an unprecedented number of National Science Foundation CAREER award winners, with seven junior faculty earning this prestigious honor. Two of them – assistant professors Aaron Clauset and Tom Yeh – are from the Department of Computer Science.

Photo courtesy of BAFTA/Stephen Butler

When junior Tommy Hoffmann and his friends set out to create a video game for the Dare to Be Digital competition, they likely had no idea they would end up on stage at the BAFTA Games Awards, the gaming community's version of the Oscars. 

But that is exactly what happened. On March 12, 2015, team Overly Kinetic won the Ones to Watch Award at the prestigious ceremony in London.

Aaron Clauset

A study authored by assistant professor Aaron Clauset and recently published in Science Advances is getting a lot of attention, thanks to its revelation that the advantage of alma mater prestige in finding a faculty job is so great that it cannot be explained solely by a difference in educational quality between the universities. 

For the first time since its founding at CU-Boulder in 2002, the Topplers Domino Award opened to students from other universities for 2014-15. More than 100 students from 44 schools participated in the essay competition, but when the judging was complete, two of the three awards still came home to CU-Boulder.

Assistant professor Shaun Kane recently spoke with TeleRead about how a prototype he created could be used to make Kindle e-readers more accessible to visually impaired readers.  

Produce on a cart awaits delivery

Thanks to a scholarship from the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation, junior computer science major Zach Doyle recently had the chance to expand his programming skills while giving back to a local nonprofit.