Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Howard Students Win Expanded Media Players Skins Competition

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Howard Students Win Expanded Media Players Skins Competition

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WASHINGTON

Howard University students, Paul Onakoya of Baltimore; Munyiri Kamau of Germantown, Md.; and Chinweizu Owunwanne of Rochester, N.Y., won the Fourth Annual Windows Media Player Skins Challenge sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Howard University and Microsoft. Each of the winners is a junior majoring in systems and computer sciences at Howard University. Their winning skin, NuCube, originated from a West African drum called a Dondo (talking drum).

In its fourth year, the Challenge's sponsors opened competition to students from any university or college with a NSBE chapter. Formerly, only Howard students could participate. The competition asks students to devise a unique original user interface for the popular Windows Media Player.

"The Skins Challenge is a tremendous opportunity for enterprising students to demonstrate their creativity in developing culturally enlightened state-of-the-art software digital media products for a worldwide audience," says Dr. Todd Shurn, an associate professor of systems and computer science at Howard University and executive producer of the 2005 Skins Challenge.

The competition is providing students the opportunity to create innovative technology that speaks to their culture and personal tastes, while enhancing their skills in graphic arts, theme development and image design. …

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