IT Innovation Ecosystem

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How might we help build an ecosystem of IT innovation at Princeton?

Every year, there are promising student IT applications that fail to reach meaningful and sustainable adoption at the University. One barrier to successful adoption is that information resources are spread across many IT systems at Princeton. The first half of this challenge will be to create a portal to aggregated data: people, events, programs, funding opportunities, topics of research, etc. Another barrier is ease of integration. The second half of this challenge is to build a system upon which later groups can develop apps that are integrated into the existing IT ecosystem, instead of adding another node to the clutter. Success with this challenge will have a lasting impact for Princeton by enabling future generations of Princeton students to see their applications reach widespread adoption and use.

Students

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    Shamay Agaron

    Shamay is a rising sophomore pursuing a concentration in Neuroscience and Russian Literature. Outside of school, you can find Shamay on the field playing Ultimate Frisbee mostly. He is also involved with Students for Prison Education and Reform and Entrepreneurship Club on campus.

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    Arav Arora

    Arav is a rising sophomore at Princeton University, majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Statistics and Machine Learning. On campus, he is involved with class government and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and is passionate about using engineering to improve society. His hobbies include playing basketball and Indian dance.

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    David Groden

    David is a rising sophomore studying computer science engineering with an interest in physics. He believes that computer technology can powerfully change how people live for the better. Otherwise, he enjoys spending time with friends and playing sports.

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    Andrew Huang

    I'm a rising junior at Princeton University originally from Mountain Lakes, NJ. I plan to major in computer science, and I have other academic interests in game theory, French, finance, and entrepreneurship as well. In my free time, I play Go, ultimate frisbee, Poker, and classical alto saxophone.

Mentors

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    Jay L. Dominick

    Jay Dominick is Vice President for Information Technology and CIO at Princeton University. He is responsible for information technology infrastructure, administrative computing, academic and research computing and he oversees IT planning for the University. Prior to joining Princeton in 2012, he was CIO at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His career in Higher Ed IT began at Wake Forest University where he started as the Network Manager in 1992, becoming the University's first CIO in 1996. He has particular interests in regional high speed networking, mobile computing and electronic textbook systems. Dr. Dominick holds a Ph.D. in Information Science and a BS in Mathematical Sciences from UNC Chapel Hill, an MBA from Wake Forest University and an MA from Georgetown University.

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    Maxim Zaslavsky '16

    Maxim is a senior at Princeton University, where he studies computer science and its applications to biology and healthcare. As a student, he launched an app that is now used by 60% of the campus population; he now advises a Keller Center task force to strengthen student development on campus. He previously worked closely with the Keller Center to organize the 2014 Princeton Silicon Valley TigerTrek, a student-run trip that brings 20 Princeton students to the Bay Area for a week of intimate, off-the-record Q&A with entrepreneurs and investors including Ron Conway, Jack Dorsey, John Doerr, Keith Rabois, Meg Whitman, and Sal Khan. Outside his studies and research at Princeton, he has worked as a data scientist and engineer at Mount Sinai's medical school, at The New York Times, and at Nest/Google.