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These Penn grad students want to build virtual prisons, Airbnb for driveways and more (Technically Philly)

Posted on November 24, 2015 — Kat Hinkel

By Ben Porten / CONTRIBUTOR

The best and brightest of Penn’s faculty, staff and student body slugged it out last week at the AppItUP competitionto see who had the best idea for an app. Winners ranged from virtual prisons to driveways rented by the hour to fitness wearables that actually work.

Now in its third year and in a format not unlike ABC’s “Shark Tank,” AppItUP invited semifinalists to pitch their ideas to a panel of investors and developers. The prize: pro bono prototyping by a web dev firm and possible future business support from the investors. All the web dev firms were local, like Promptworks, CloudMine and Brick Simple. (What’s in it for the web dev firms? It’s a business development pipeline, said Penn’s Karina Sotnik, who runs the competition.)

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