Category Archives: Students & Faculty

BOOM 2013 to feature outreach program for 5th – 12th graders

BOOM would love to connect more with middle and high school-aged students, so we are providing a special pre-event showcase introduction for 5th-12th grade students!

Although we realize that BOOM falls during the spring break for many schools, we hope that you will help us encourage students to come on their own or with their families. We’ve found that BOOM really excites students and gets them thinking about how science and technology can factor into their future education and career plans, so this can serve as an enrichment, or even extra credit (depending on the teacher), activity that students could work into their breaks.

Please RSVP to if you plan to come, since we have a limited number of parking permits available, as well as food and t-shirts!

Event: BOOM, Bits On Our Minds, featuring a special pre-event program for 5th-12th grade students

Location: Duffield Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Schedule of events:
(please be sure to RSVP to if you plan to attend):

•             2:45-3:15pm: Students arrive, brief introduction (snacks and free t-shirts available)

•             3:15-3:45pm: Presentation by Ithaca High School’s robotics team, Code Red

•             3:45-4:00pm: Projects sneak peek with opportunity to meet Cornell student presenters

•             4:00-6:00pm: Main BOOM event, with award ceremony and closing at 5:45pm

Parking (a limited number of parking permits are also available to those who RSVP to


Nine awards up for grabs this year at BOOM 2013!

With just two days to go until BOOM 2013, the final slate of awards up for grabs has been announced. In addition to the two legacy awards: Where’s the BOOM? and People’s Choice, projects will be vying for five additional cash prizes and two other awards offering prizes of unique and highly coveted sponsor swag.

The recipient of Where’s the BOOM? is selected annually by a committee of faculty. People’s Choice is selected by popular vote. For the second year in a row, all BOOM attendees will be invited to vote for their favorite project electronically. Computers will be available for People’s Choice voting by the BOOM Registration Table. Where’s the BOOM? and People’s Choice will be awarded at the BOOM awards ceremony beginning at 5:45 pm. All other awards — which are selected by our company partners — will be presented to winning teams directly between 4:30 and 5:30 pm. and the winning teams will be announced at the awards ceremony.

Here’s the full list of BOOM 2013 awards:

Facebook Hacker Award (non-cash surprise swag)
Googleyist Project (non-cash surprise swag)
Morgan Stanley Innovation Award ($250 cash prize)
eBay Innovator’s Award ($500 cash prize)
GE: Imagination at Work Award: ($500 cash prize)
Goldman Sachs Award ($500 cash prize)
Yahoo! Student Research Award ($500 cash prize)
Where’s the BOOM? ($500 cash prize)
People’s Choice Award ($500 cash prize)

Project submission deadline extended – Thursday, March 28

Project submission has been extended for BOOM 2013. All projects must be submitted by 11:59pm on March 28, 2013.

Win Prizes! Show off your hard work! Impress your friends, faculty and representatives from companies like eBay, GE, Google, Yahoo!, Morgan Stanley, Facebook, and Goldman Sachs. Student technology projects from all disciplines welcome.

We look forward to seeing your work at BOOM! For more information about presenting, see the project guidelines.

From “6 Degrees of Bacon” to Indoor SUNN

With just over two weeks to go until BOOM 2013, the projects currently stated to be presented at the annual high tech event promise to be as exciting and diverse as ever. Among the projects include well-known and long-standing student teams from CUAir and CUAUV, representing their advances in autonomous air and underwater vehicle research. Other projects include mobile gaming apps, such as “6 Degrees of Bacon,” a clever play on the popular meme about the ubiquitous actor, “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” which finds the shortest path on Wikipedia from any page to the page about bacon, the ubiquitous meat; and SUNN, an internet connected lightbulb that mimics outdoor light patterns in any part of the world, indoors. To learn about all of the BOOM 2013 projects, visit the List of Projects page.

BOOM 2013 Project Submission is Open

Project submission is now open for BOOM 2013. All projects must be submitted by 11:59pm on March 18, 2013. We look forward to seeing your work at BOOM! For more information about presenting, see the project guidelines.

BOOM 2013 Logo Design Contest

We’re holding our official Logo Contest to select the logo for BOOM 2013!

We’re looking for a fresh and flexible logo design that has something to say about computing or just looks really cool. Please read the complete contest rules[PDF] before submitting designs. If you have any questions, please email Christine Stenglein at .

Why submit a design? Here’s why!
The winner will receive an Apple iPad and great exposure for their work!

We use the BOOM logo in many formats each year! BOOM Logo is used for:

  • Our Website
  • T-shirts that every participant will receive
  • Invitations
  • Programs
  • Posters

All submissions must be delivered to 301 College Avenue by 4:30pm on Monday, December 3rd.

Ithaca Journal posts video of Air Driano

Check out the video and article in today’s (3/29) Ithaca Journal. Sandeep Gangundi, Marc Vaz and Xiyu Wang demonstrate their Air Draino that will be part of BOOM on April 4.

Project Submission Closed

BOOM 2012 Project Submission is now closed.

We have over 40 projects submitted for this year. View project summaries.

BOOM is now less than 4 weeks away, coming up on April 4.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Submit Your Project

Students can now submit projects to present at BOOM. Submissions should be in by 3/5/12.

All undergrad and master’s students are eligible to present. And all presenters will be entered to win an Apple iPad.

Your projects are what make BOOM a success!