Students Android App Wins $3,000 in National Competition

TradeKing GroupComputer science students Michael Cox ’13, Dustin Page ’13, and Albert Cooper ’13 knew little about stock trading and nothing about developing mobile phone applications when they entered a financial services contest last fall.

They learned fast. The “Open Source Bogey” Android web and phone app they created was a national finalist and $3,000 winner in online broker-dealer TradeKing’s $100,000 API (Application Programming Interfaces) Campus Challenge. It enables investors to look up quotes, trade stocks and “tweet” their quotes on Twitter.

“The contest rules were pretty simple: ‘Use the TradeKing system to create something new for our customers,’” explained Nathan White, assistant professor of computer science, who also received a $1,000 Professor’s Award. “I enjoyed seeing the students work through a very unstructured problem.”

“We faced hard deadlines and had to meet specific requirements while making use of the creative freedom we were given,” Michael said.

The team (one of three McKendree groups that competed in a field of 29) demonstrated its app during a live web broadcast in February. Other top finalists were students from Loyola University Maryland; Villanova University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and the University of Nebraska (Lincoln).