Mizzou students get iPhone recognition

Jeremy Elwood, SBJ ReporterIn another reminder of college students being much smarter about technology than I am, four students from the University of Missouri had their iPhone application recognized at Apple’s WorldWide Developer Conference in California last week.


iPhone appThe students – Peng Zhuang, Anthony Brown, Zhenhua Ma and Dan Wang, at right – won the trip to the Golden State for developing NearBuy, an application that finds homes for sale near the phone owner’s current location.

Users are shown a map with pins delineating where homes are available for sale; tapping the pin on the screen brings up information about the home, such as the price, amenities, photos and contact information. Tapping the contact information allows the user to call the seller for more information.

The team won the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute’s iPhone Student Competition, beating out 70 other students to develop the most innovative iPhone app. NearBuy has been listed among the top 20 free business apps for the iPhone for six straight weeks.

And the team is not done; they plan to unveil an updated version this week as Apple releases its iPhone 3.0 software. The university has allowed the students to retain ownership of their application, allowing them to branch into business in the future.

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