Adaptable Wins 2015 CITRIS Mobile App Challenge at UC Davis

Adaptable Wins 2015 CITRIS Mobile App Challenge at UC Davis

Launched in 2015, the CITRIS Mobile App Challenge at UC Davis encouraged student teams to develop innovative mobile applications for today’s most pressing societal needs. Students were asked to develop apps that focused on at least one of the following categories: Civic Tech & Smart Communities; Education; Energy, Climate & the Environment; and Health.

Through a rigorous 5-month process, UC Davis students designed, prototyped, and pitched their ideas.

On Friday, May 29, 2015, 8 teams presented during a Public Demo Day event to a social-minded panel of judges that included investors, entrepreneurs and academics. The event included a public expo of the students’ apps and presentation of awards to the following teams:

• First Place: Adaptable
• Second Place: ProFacts
• Third Place: phRIENDLY
• Fourth Place: BurgerBurn
• Judges’ Innovation Award: EyeDrive

Congratulations to both the winners and participants!

We’d also like to thank all our judges for their time and feedback to the students: Tarren Corbett-Drummond (AT&T), Nancy Erbstein (Human Ecology, UC Davis), Oleg Kaganovich (Wyndow & Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance), Julie Sammons (CITRIS), Edward Silva (Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UC Davis), Justin Woodcock (UC Davis Transportation Technology and Policy).

Meet the Winners

Adaptable addresses gaps in natural disaster planning, risk evaluation, and climate resilience by providing local multiple risks comparisons, alerts of forecasted disasters, and adaptation resources.

ProFacts empowers users with knowledge about exactly what proteins are in the foods they eat, and which of those proteins pose the greatest risks to their health.

phRIENDLY mitigates and reduces prescription medication misuse by giving patients a way to safely monitor, manage and schedule their medication regimen.

BurgerBurn educates people with cognitive disabilities about a balanced diet. Through a game-based format, participants use ingredients from their most recent meal to better identify nutritious food.

EyeDrive enables physically impaired individuals who use wheelchairs to use eye movement tracking to control the movement of their wheelchair via a navigation map (home/hospital) and wheelchair-mobile/tablet communication.

Meet the Finalists

CodeBreakers is a gaming education App introducing elementary – middle school age boys and girls to STEM (Ages 8 – 15)

How You Move
How You Move records users’ trips through a secondary app, Moves, and then use their API to obtain detailed information about some of the trips that they took, energy used or saved, calories burned and carbon emissions.

Spark is a KickStarter / Reddit style App where users can upload ideas and proposals for new Apps, vote on current projects, apply to code and develop App, and attract investors for App development and commercialization

For more information about the CITRIS Mobile App Challenge at UC Davis, visit


The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute drive interdisciplinary innovation for social good with faculty researchers and students from four University of California campuses – Berkeley, Davis, Merced, and Santa Cruz – along with public and private partners.

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