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After months of hard work, five of the 16 mobile app development teams that began the trek toward a potential victory at the Reynolds Journalism Institute Tech Showcase Student Competition pitched their projects to a team of judges for the chance to win a trip to Silicon Valley and demonstrate their work to Apple executives.

Recordly, a mobile service that allows journalists to use the Apple Watch to transcribe, track and highlight interviews recorded on their iPhones, won the ninth edition of the annual competition that partners students from the College of Engineering and School of Journalism as well as some students from the College of Business to create innovative new iOS applications.

The Recordly team included electrical and computer engineering undergraduate John Gillis, computer science graduate student Zolbayar Magsar and journalism graduate students Anna Maikova and Sintia Radu and undergraduate Yaryna Mykhyalyshyn.

Teams formed back in September with the goal of creating a media-based application for the Apple Watch designed to “inform, engage and entertain,” according to Associate Teaching Professor Dale Musser, who served as one of the competition organizers and a mentor from Computer Science.

Recordly’s presentation illustrated how the Apple Watch enables users to see real-time transcription of their interviews, which allows journalists to highlight important quotes for later, bookmark information by timestamp and integrate the transcripts with social media to allow for ease of quote posting. The app also allows colleagues to simultaneously view the interview notes on the desktop version.

“Recordly had what the judges perceived as a marketable, functional, nearly ready to go application,” Musser said.

The app utilizes IBM Watson speech-to-text technology for the transcription and allows journalists to save time on transcription by also allowing users to pick out the most important chunks of an interview in real time

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