Mobile interface design worth $15,000 to student winners

Can you create a meaningful mobile experience?

The office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education this fall will challenge students from any program or class to design an interface for a mobile platform – with $15,000 available in prize money.

The inaugural Colligan User Interface Design Challenge seeks to inspire UO students from all programs and classes to create an attractive and dynamic graphical user interface designed for use on a mobile platform.

Inspired by mobile technology pioneer Ed Colligan ’83, the challenge is open to students from any program or class, as individuals or teams. The challenge will officially commence in the fall and will culminate with each individual or team presenting their concepts to a panel of prospective investors, industry leaders and select UO faculty during winter term 2014.

Prize money totaling $15,000 will be handed out to the winner and runner up teams. Participants will receive coaching from faculty from UO’s Product Design Program and staff from UO’s InfoGraphics Lab.

As CEO of Palm, Inc., Colligan was relentless in his focus on the highest-quality user interface/user experience possible on a hand-held computer. He eventually left Palm to found Handspring, where he and his partners created the Handspring Treo.

Colligan is now an investor mentoring entrepreneurs and seeking to establish the next generation of breakthrough products and brands.

For more information, contact Jason Germany, assistant professor, product design, at or 541-346-8230.

- from the UO Office of Research, Innovation and Graduate Education