Make way for Oratoria, Puppy Test, and PURLs!

Family Medicine and Chicago Booth are headed to the final round of the UChicago App Challenge

Got a high-commitment time-intensive decision to make (e.g. about getting a puppy)? Need to keep up on the latest research in Family Medicine, but have no time? Want to improve your public speaking privately? Our three finalists have an app for that.

In Phase 1, we received 141 entries.  In Phase 2, 18 semifinalists worked diligently to define their ideas. Now in Phase 3, the Oratoria, Puppy Test and PURLs app ideas will be built out through the App Challenge Internship program. Finally, at the New Venture Challenge on May 29, one of these apps will win $10,000!

Find out more about these ideas and the insightful UChicago faculty and staff that came up with them:


The Puppy Test - Artur Grabowski, Chicago Booth

For prospective dog owners, The Puppy Test mobile app provides a realistic simulation of owning a puppy by combining accurate dog behavior data, incessant notifications and time consuming, in-app activities.  It is an instance of a larger framework for preparing users to make high-commitment time-intensive decisions. 

Grabowski.Artur__thumb.JPGArtur is a full-time MBA student at the Booth School of Business. Prior to graduate school, he supported Silicon Valley Bank's venture debt and equity funding of technology startups. Artur is a prospective dog owner.


PURLs (Priority Updates from the Research Literature) - Kate Rowland, MD, Department of Family Medicine

The PURLs app pushes relevant content from medical research literature to practicing family physicians and other primary care doctors, tailored to what they want and need to know.

rowland_headshot_thumb.jpgKate Rowland is a family doctor in the Department of Family Medicine. She is editor-in-chief of the Priority Updates from the Research Literature (PURL) series.


Oratoria - Brian Geddes, Chicago Booth

Oratoria is a private coach for public speaking. It allows users to record practice videos and provides automated feedback about pitch and pace. Users can also upload speeches and use the app as a teleprompter, or review famous historical speeches for inspiration.

Brian Geddes headshot_thumb.jpgBrian Geddes is a first-year MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, focusing on entrepreneurship and marketing management. Brian is a devout believer in the power of good ideas, and believes that nurturing small ones can change the world in a big way. Brian loves his wife, his dog, and UCLA sports.