Newhouse students named winners in SU's Fast Forward competition

April 10, 2014

Several Newhouse School students have been chosen as winners in Syracuse University’s Fast Forward competition. Presented as part of the inauguration of SU Chancellor Kent Syverud, the competition asked students to develop projects that demonstrate how Syracuse University and its students can have a positive impact on the world. Winners will receive grants of as much as $1,500 to fund the completion of their projects.

The Newhouse winners are:

  • Jacquie Greco and Rachel Samples for TOCK, an anti-social mobile application that promotes talking face to face instead of face to phone. The students worked on the project in Newhouse’s New Media Entrepreneurship course, taught by Sean Branagan, director of the Newhouse Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship.
  • Alexandra Curtis, along with student Adrianna Kam, for Elect Her, which seeks to empower young women on campus and in the community to run for elected office. Funding will help creating opportunities, such as workshops and speakers, to educate and train women in preparation for political office. Curtis has been a student in three of Branagan’s one-credit courses: Entrepreneurial Thinking, New Ventures in Media and Lean Digital Media Startups.
  • Nicholas Ferreiro for Cuse Comedy Collective, a website that would channel all the content from the various comedy groups on campus. The website would help build a stronger sense of community among groups, increase viewership and allow for scheduled programming.

Winners will present their ideas to the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees and fellow students from 2-3 p.m. April 11 in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3. The event is open to the public.