Newsance: An Interactive News Aggregator

Pratham Mittal (SSE'13) and Archit Budhraja (CIS'13) received first prize at the Kauffmann Foundation's 2011 "Startup Weekend," an intense 2-day hacking event held at Princeton University. This competition was held in 30 cities worldwide, and the winners have gone on to "Global Startup Battle" to compete for top honors as the number one global startup.

Mittal and Budhraja worked to develop "Newsance," which in addition to taking home the $1500 first prize from the Princeton event, won three API awards from Facebook, Bing and Mashery. Newsance is a news clipping tool that takes aggregation to the next level by showing users the friends and family most likely affected by a particular news event.

For example, after an earthquake Newsance will use information associated with the details of the quake to tell users which friends or family members are nearby. In situations such as this one, Newsance will also identify the best way to get in touch by analyzing an individual's location using services like Facebook check-in, or Foursquare check-in or their last Tweet location.

Vote For Newsance to Win the Global Startup Battle:

Newsance is one of 48 teams competing in the Global Startup Battle, which contains a round of popular voting. To vote for Newsance, visit the competition's Battle Page and click "vote now" to see the videos of competing projects (make sure you choose to "see all entries").

Voting for projects is open until 11 pm PST on November 28, 2011.