NearBuy – Real Estate for the iPhone

NearBuy Wins!
May 17, 2009, 4:38 am
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COLUMBIA, Mo.—More than 20,000 downloads of a new iPhone application created by four students at the University of Missouri helped cement their victory in a competition sponsored by Apple Computer, Inc. of Cupertino, Calif.

Four students from the University of Missouri competed in the Reynolds Journalism Institute iPhone Student Competition and came away with the grand prize: an all-expenses paid trip to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco June 8-12.

The competition brought together students from the Missouri School of Journalism and the MU College of Engineering to develop applications loosely designed around the journalism industry.

“[NearBuy] put on a really impressive presentation, both technically and marketing-wise,” wrote Mark Glaser, writer of PBS’ MediaShift blog and a judge of the contest.

The NearBuy student team consists of Tony Brown, journalism undergraduate; Zhenhua Ma, electrical and computer engineering Ph.D candidate; Dan Wang, computer science master’s candidate and Peng Zhuang, computer science Ph.D candidate.

The students created NearBuy, a real estate search application currently available from the iTunes App Store. In coming weeks, the team will be unveiling three new applications designed to fill niches in the real estate application market.

Throughout the month of April, NearBuy Real Estate Search placed in the top 10 most popular free applications in the business category of the app store. Among applications that appear when a user searches “real estate,” NearBuy is the third most popular application.

NearBuy (v.0.31) is a free application currently available for download by iPhone and iPod Touch users.

Media coverage:
PBS’ MediaShift (includes video)
The Maneater
Reynolds Journalism Institute