AT&T is pleased to announce that Jonecia Keels and
Jazmine Miller of Spelman College, a historically black liberal arts
college for women, have won the 2010 AT&T Big Mobile on Campus
with their next generation e-learning mobile application, HBCU Buddy.
HBCU Buddy is a mobile application
created to educate and inform users, including both prospective and
current college students, about Historically Black Colleges and
Universities (HBCU) across the United States. It is a fully-fledged
mobile service application that provides detailed information about
each and every HBCU in the nation and integrates all facets of college
The application opens with a directory profiling each HBCU with
information on academics, admissions, research, student life, alumni,
among other details. After selecting a school, students can navigate
through the school - literally - by accessing virtual tours of
buildings, on-campus videos, and local GPS and directions.
HBCU Buddy can also provide students with customizable social
networking features to connect with each other, their school and
community. The application connects to social networking sites, such as
Facebook and Twitter, and integrates tools such as chat and calendar to
help students stay informed. Students can use the application to follow
the latest on school club and campus happenings, local events, hot
spots around the community, and more.
Jonecia Keels and Jazmine Miller were recognized and awarded a
$10,000 scholarship (divided between them) and a mobile device of their
choice each at the Higher Ed Board of Advisors Meeting in Miami,
Florida, on October 7, 2010.
The President has been keen to foster stronger STEM education for all American students
(science, tech, engineering and math) because the jobs of the future
will require strong skills in these disciplines. Did you know that
there's a Chinese telecom company
entering the U.S. market that has 8,000 engineers working in one
research and development facility in Shanghai? 8000! Where in the U.S.
have we got 8000 engineers working on anything except for maybe Google?
We continue to lose economic ground to foreign competitors and we need
to turn this around to make sure our kids have bright futures in a
Jonecia and Jazmine are living proof that innovation is not the
exclusive domain of the white male geek. There are plenty of us Black
geeks out there too who need a little more support. Congrats to J and J
- you deserve the recognition and that new iPad or iPhone.