BOOM 2018 to celebrate 20 years of student tech

From video games and apps not yet on the market to robots serving cocktails and live city bus tracking, more than 140 Cornell students will unveil their best work in cutting-edge technologies at BOOM – Bits On Our Minds, Wednesday, April 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Duffield Hall atrium.

The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

This year’s projects include:

  • The Big Friendly Oob: A video game featuring Oob, an oozing blob alien who is battling humanoid invasion;
  • Deaf Dance: A wearable device and mobile app that gives deaf and hard-of-hearing people engaging, multisensory dance-learning experiences;
  • Ithaca Transit Live Tracking: A new navigation service built for Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT). This free, open-source app includes bus routes and live bus tracking;
  • Robomixer: A robot that serves and cocktails and has a built-in light show;
  • CU Reviews: Hosted at, the app allows users to search for a Cornell class, leave an anonymous review, view approved reviews and aggregate review data.

As part of BOOM’s K-12 outreach program, local middle-schoolers will participate in programming activities with Cornell Computing and Information Science (CIS) and the College of Engineering before viewing the projects at BOOM.

This is the 20th year for BOOM, which is hosted by CIS in partnership with Cornell Engineering.

Leslie Morris is communications director for Computing and Information Science.

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