Tufts University, in partnership with Karen Panetta, the Associate Dean of Graduate Engineering at Tufts and an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), launched a software application contest, encouraging students to develop products that deal with world problems, like hunger and clean energy, reports the Tufts Daily.
The program was created by Karen Panetta, an IEEE fellow and associate dean of graduate education at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. According to Panetta, the contest is part of an IEEE program called App-E-Feat. The program’s website, explains that App-E-Feat attempts to place engineers with non-profit organizations seeking to create apps that benefit humanity.
Panetta explained that she was inspired to create the contest after listening to President Bill Clinton speak about his work aiding Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. She said she was intrigued by the Haitian’s use of cellphones during that period.