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Microsoft’s ACM Student Research Competition at GHC 2018

Submission to Grace Hopper Celebration in Houston, Texas September 26–28, 2018

The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. The SRC is s a joint venture of the ACM and Microsoft Research. Microsoft Research has provided generous funding of $120,000 per competition year for this event since 2003. The program is administered by Nanette Hernandez at the ACM, Dr. Laurie Ann Williams at North Carolina State University, and Dr. Evelyne Viegas at Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA. There are two rounds of competition at each conference hosting an SRC and a grand finals competition.

Dr. Scharff and I wrote a three page research paper called Exploring the Barriers to Mobile Device Literacy: Perspective from the AppliCafé Project in Senegal, West Africa for submission to the SRC. The abstract and proposal describes the content of the AppliCafé project since it's first pilot launch in January 2017 to our recent trip to Senegal in January 2018, the problem of mobile device literacy trying to be solved, its significance, the approach, and the key results and future next steps. If the paper is accepted, I will be traveling to the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX to compete at the Grace Hopper Celebration. The paper can be found here.

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