New Rochelle, NY (June 13, 2014) A company founded by Iona College alumnus Sean O’Shea ’13, ’14MS, was awarded one of three grand prizes of the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge. Out of several hundred submissions across a wide range of industries, Majestyk Apps was awarded access to the developer cloud and support from IBM Interactive design services to commercialize their prototypes for the marketplace.
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O’Shea majored in computer science while a student at Iona and he is the founder and the chief development officer of Majestyk Apps -- a premiere New York City-based soft/hardware development agency specializing in massively scalable mobile apps. Majestyk subscribes to a lean startup model of business and employs a hybrid development/incubator model, often securing an equity stake in the companies it engages.
“Winning the IBM Watson Developer Challenge is a great honor and it’s just the first step,” said O’Shea. “With Watson we will be able to create an entire system that adapts to the user who is interacting with it. The opportunity and potential of partnering with IBM to develop this amazing technology is very exciting.” The Majestyk Apps team is currently building their first version product to display and will launch a suite of apps and toy products at the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV in early 2015.
The announcement was made on June 3 at IBM Innovate. Three grand prize winners—GenieMD, Inc., Majestyk Apps
and Red Ant—were awarded access to the developer cloud and support from IBM Interactive design services, to commercialize their prototypes for the marketplace.
For more information on how these grand prize–winning teams are using Watson to build the next generation of mobile technology please visit: http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/ibmwatson/challenge.html
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