Students Taylor Boyd and Taylor Bos Win Top Awards
at Neumont University's Capstone Project Invitational

Salt Lake City, June 12, 2015 --Neumont University, an accredited university offering bachelor of science degrees in three years, announces Taylor Boyd and Taylor Bos as the winners of the university’s first-ever Capstone Project Invitational, held Friday, June 12, at the Salt Lake City Public Library in downtown.

Taylor Boyd (Grantsville, UT) took home the Alumni Choice Award for “Project GLoW: The Global List of Wishing.” GloW is a wish list controlled through a Chrome extension. Unlike most wish lists, GLoW can combine products from multiple e-commerce sites such as Amazon and Etsy.

The Industry Award went to Taylor Bos (Abilene, TX) who created “LockShare:” an easy-to-use privacy enhancement tool. It lets the user hide their online social life from specific groups (like Facebook or the NSA), while keeping posts accessible to family and friends.

Aaron Reed, executive vice president of academic operations, explained Neumont University’s Capstone experience “is a senior project on steroids.” The two winners were chosen from six finalists, out of more than 40 projects. “This quarter’s Capstone contenders were easily some of the coolest projects Neumont University students have ever built,” says Reed.

Prior to beginning their Enterprise Projects -- the pinnacle of Neumont’s project-based experience where teams of students work on large-scale, enterprise-level projects chosen by an Enterprise Partner with input from Neumont University — Neumont students must independently complete a Capstone Project. Students start with an idea and software development know-how then in just 10 weeks build out the project.

Additional finalists from Friday’s event included:

  • Josh Ellington (Orem, UT) was inspired to create the Voiceprint Analyzer because of his father’s work in the Army. It’s an application that learns how to distinguish one speaker from another by samples of their voice. The program allows the user to identify someone by recordings of their voice – much like a fingerprint, with similar applications. He achieved this project through a machine learning concept called a neural net, which is a system that simulates the functionality of the human brain. 
  • Ali Persing (Loveland, CO) has created a search engine for bookworms. The Tree-Based Information Retrieval System is a search engine that allows users to pass in a document or query then determine its content; returning a list of other, similar documents. 
  • Ryli Dunlap (Draper, UT) built the program FiddleMix: Operators use a violin to control other musical software. The program maps sounds from the instrument into Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) commands that other programs can process. This enables musicians and DJs to perform live along with software-based audio tools without ever having to put their violin bow down. With FiddleMix, artists can now focus on working the crowd rather than just working a laptop. http://fiddlemix.org 
  • Brennen Heinrich (Kenosha, WI) has given Pokémon users everywhere a reason to rejoice. His Project OPAL: Online Pokémon Access Library is a mobile ready, easy-to-use website for quickly looking up information about any Pokémon from the franchise. OPAL also gives registered users a way to keep track of their game progress and gives them battle tips based on the Pokémon set in their party. 
“We’re proud of our students and the caliber of these projects. The finalists and winners are really a testament to the type of education these students are getting at Neumont,” says Reed. “The majority of our students have little-to-no coding experience when they join our ranks. It’s pretty incredible what they’re able to accomplish with our unique project-based learning model.”

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