University of Washington IxD 483 students Neil Rhoades (IxD), Adam Rule (HCDE), Katie Suskin (IxD), and Hanne Trafnik (ID) received the best presentation award for their project 'APT' at the Microsoft Design Expo 2012 last week in Redmond. The Microsoft Design Expo is an annual showcase of cutting edge Interaction Design work from invited international top tier Interaction Design programs.

APT was this year's selected project from the University of Washington Interaction Design program responding to the design challenge 'Information is in my World'. The seven design programs that participated in the MS Design Expo 2012 were the Royal College of Art (London, UK), Umea Universitet Institute of Design (Umea, Sweden) Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design (Pittsburgh, PA), Delft University of Technology, School of Design (Delft, the Netherlands) , Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil), Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), and University of Washington, School of Art, Division of Design (Seattle, WA). Students from each school presented their projects as part of the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit on July 18, 2012.

APT is a new mobile application paradigm that facilitates the contextual and proximity-based distribution of mobile content. APT was developed during Winter Quarter 2012 in the IxD senior studio 'Advanced Projects in Interaction Design' (ART483). Instructor: Prof. Axel Roesler / Microsoft Liason: Nathan Auer.

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