Purdue students to compete for more than $10,000 in media tech contest

December 4, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - More than 15 teams of Purdue graduate and undergraduate students across all academic disciplines will compete Thursday (Dec. 10) in the sixth Schurz Innovation Challenge at Purdue.

The competition will be 5:30-8 p.m. in room 1142 of Lawson Computer Science Building, 305 N. University St. A reception will precede it from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the building's atrium. The public is welcome to attend and can RSVP at http://bit.ly/schurzcomp

The competition encourages participants to test their creativity and develop innovative ideas in media technology. Schurz Communications Inc. sponsors the competition, which is organized by Purdue Foundry.

The first-place team will receive $5,000. Second- and third-place teams will receive $3,500 and $1,500. The crowd's favorite entry will win $500. Grissom Controls, whose software integrates a building's heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to make it run smarter, took top honors in the most recent competition.

About Schurz Communications Inc.

Schurz Communications Inc. is a Mishawaka, Indiana-based news and information company, which consists of five business segments: Broadcasting Radio, Broadcasting TV, Cable TV, Newspaper Publishing and Digital Media.

The company publishes daily and weekly newspapers in medium and small markets with a combined circulation of nearly 225,000. It also has 10 television stations, owns 13 radio stations and operates three others, owns four cable companies and a phone directory. Geographically, Schurz Communications has a presence in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming.

About Purdue Foundry

The Purdue Foundry is an entrepreneurship and commercialization hub in Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship whose professionals help Purdue innovators create startups. The Purdue Foundry is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year from the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at foundry@prf.org

Purdue Research Foundation contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org 

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