AETTUA Mobile Computing Contest 2014 - 1st Prize Team - Ed Duarte

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AETTUA Mobile Computing Contest 2014 - 1st Prize Team

The Mobile Computing Contest, organised by IEEE and the University of Aveiro Union of Students (AETTUA), was an event where competing groups of students had to design and develop mobile applications. I was appointed team leader of a group, and co-developed an Android application with colleagues João Pedrosa and Pedro Fernandes. The design was done by design students Tiago Marabuto and Ricardo Silva. The resulting application, called Travis, allowed users to look for taxis in the near vicinity and schedule rides with them (similarly to Uber), as well as perform secure payment transactions using NFC.

Travis group - photo taken during the Final Session of the contest.
The Travis group, from left to right: Tiago Marabuto, Ricardo Silva, Eduardo Duarte (me!), João Pedrosa and Pedro Fernandes. Photo taken during the Final Session of the contest.

After receiving a lot of positive feedback from the juri, our team was awarded the 1st Prize: an incubation period with Ubiwhere to develop the application further and to enter the market as a startup.

Travis group - photo taken during the award ceremony.
The Travis group with a Ubiwhere representative. Photo taken during the award ceremony.

Under this incubation period, Travis became Thumbeo, changing its scope from taxis to rides that could be posted by anyone.