On your mark, get set, pitch a business plan and receive a really big check. Team Smart Drip became the first team to win Rice's Undergraduates Technology Venture Challenge, the first-ever business competition aimed at Rice undergraduates held May 6. The challenge was organized by the Community of Rice Entrepreneurs, a new student organization founded by Hanszen College senior Norman Pai and Hanszen College juniors Sean Sessel and Christoph Meyer in the summer of 2009 to help promote entrepreneurship among Rice undergraduates. From the pool of 12 applicant teams, eight finalists were chosen based on their executive summaries, a short two-page paper describing the product and business plan.
Tired of walking to Fondren only to find every computer unavailable? Fondren has the solution. In the wake of the launch of the mobile Fondren site, the library released the Fondren Real-Time Owlnet Computer Availability Map last week to let students check which computers are available for use at any given time. Diane Butler, assistant university librarian for Information Technology, was one of the chief proponents of this project. The original idea behind the Computer Availability Map came out of the Student Advisory Committee to the Library, which helps Fondren make improvements based on student recommendations, Butler said.