UC Merced Update

UC Merced Named 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate


International Data Group’s (IDG) Computerworld Honors Program has named UC Merced as a 2013 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

UC Merced received the award for its Mobile App Challenge, which launched in 2011 to create an exceptional learning and professional growth experience for students.

Among the 2013 Laureates also in the Innovation category are Cisco, HP and the World Wide Web Consortium.

Career Services Director Brian O'Bruba says the award is an honor to receive.

“Student success is the paramount objective of the Mobile App Challenge,” O’Bruba said. ”The project embraces progressive strategies designed to retain high-risk students and prepare them for future careers, and it has the potential to become a national model for change.”

Now in its second year, the Mobile App Challenge continues to be the catalyst for UC Merced students to launch new business ideas or an emerging technology that could benefit society immediately or in the future. Student innovators are introduced to the app development process and to mentors from the technology community. This year, the number of teams has more than doubled with undergraduate and graduate students participating.

Founded by IDG in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change.

The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented on June 3 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

View the full announcement of 2013 Laureates.