The University of Notre Dame’s Computer Science & Engineering program will collaborate with Schurz Communications on a first­-of-its-kind “innovation challenge,” beginning fall semester, 2012. Undergraduates, graduate students and faculty will be asked to consider real-world digital solutions and opportunities for 21st-century media companies. A first area of focus will be mobile development.

Schurz Communications, a cable, high-speed data, TV, radio, print and digital media company, will
award large cash prizes for winning prototypes that meet agreed guidelines. Participating students may
also compete for local, statewide and national media recognition and opportunities to turn their new
digital solutions into new digital businesses.

To enliven projects, students and faculty will also receive secure access to custom feeds, API’s and real-
world datasets from Schurz Communications’ wide array of media businesses.

Schurz CEO, Todd Schurz, said, “Notre Dame's computer science and engineering department has
some of the best and brightest students and faculty in the country.” He added, "New relationships with
young developers, designers and database talent - literally blocks away - is a potential game-changer."

Notre Dame’s College of Engineering is committed to Catholic­-guided and informed education and
research reaching beyond the walls of the University by creating products and technologies that
are a force for good in the world. Dean Peter Kilpatrick of the College of Engineering said, “We are
very excited to be able to partner with an outstanding local company and community leader like
Schurz Communications which enables our faculty and students to have impact locally. Our
Computer Science and Engineering strengths in algorithms, wireless communications, mobile
computing, and applications are excellent fits with the community and with Schurz."

Schurz Communications media companies provide local communities with a better understanding
of the world, as informed local communities make positive impacts on society. Schurz
Communications is a privately held, family run, multimedia company with operations dotting the
country from Anchorage, AK to Augusta, GA.

The University of Notre Dame and Schurz Communications were founded in South Bend, and have
served the community for 168 years and 140 years, respectively.

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