Cash offered for innovations


Indiana University will collaborate with Schurz Communications, an Indiana-based multimedia company and parent company of The Herald-Times (Bloomington), on an innovation challenge beginning this semester.

Hoosier undergraduates, graduate students and faculty will be asked to consider real-world digital solutions and opportunities for 21st-century media companies.

A $25,000 gift from Schurz will be apportioned by the IU School of Informatics and Computing to provide sizable cash prizes for winning prototypes that meet agreed guidelines.

Schurz Communications operates cable, high-speed data, TV, radio, print and digital (mobile, social and desktop) media businesses in Indiana and across the United States.

Winning innovators will have opportunities to advance their ideas, as Schurz and its investment partners are actively seeking early-stage technologies.

To enliven projects, the IU School of Informatics and Computing will receive custom feeds, application programming interfaces and real-world datasets from Schurz Communications’ wide array of media businesses and vendors.

IU’s School of Informatics and Computing is the first interdisciplinary information technology school of its kind. More than 2,000 students are enrolled there.

– The Herald-Times (Bloomington)