Backers and Hackers Winners

The winning team for this year's Backers and Hackers is Mingxiang Zhu, Tieming Geng, and Hongrui Zhang for their app connect2icu, a secure mobile app to assist families while their child is in a neonatal or pediatric intensive care unit. Backers and Hackers is a completely student-run initiative organized by the Entrepreneurship Club and the College of Engineering and Computing at USC. The program brings together Columbia’s entrepreneurial community and USC’s mobile app development students to transform app ideas into reality.

Second place went to Visha Shah, Andrew Freix, and Uday Bhat for their app RedRope, an app that gives users a convenient, affordable option to skip bar entrance lines.

Third place to Rickey Ward and Adam Hogan for their app Noticed, a mobile app that unifies college event discovery and event adver­tisement