SRU teams take top honors in Future POS competition

Future POS, a point-of-sale software development company in Center Township, recently awarded more than $10,500 in scholarships to college students, including three Slippery Rock University teams, as part of its second Future POS Scholastic Challenge.

Butler County Community College hosted the event that pitted student teams against one another to develop Web and mobile-based applications.

The Future POS development team judged the final projects on creativity, difficulty, graphics and user interface.

SRU winners, all computer science majors, were:

William Botzer and Steve Zamborsky, both from Bethel Park, and Zachary Petrusch from Pittsburgh, who comprised the SRU Rock Solid Apps team scored first place in the mobile category, earning $3,000.

Jacob Dunn from Harmony, Eric McAlpine from Greenock and Ronald O'Dell from Copperstown, the SRU Team Wallet, took first place in the Web category, winning $3,000.

And, Nic Hawley, a compute science major from Slippery Rock, scored second place as Team Hawley, winning $1,500.

MidLounge, a team from Butler County Community College took second place, $1,500, in the Web category; GradePost, another BC3 team took third place in the Web category; and the Clarion University Golden Eagles team took third place and $750 in the mobile category.

John Giles, Future POS president, said, "We want to recognize talent in the local community and encourage students to participate in computer technology.

I got my start at Butler High School participating in the gifted program and wish that scholarship money and mentorship had been available to me back in 1987."

"Our company employs more than 40 local residents and most of them are millennials who grew up using technology from an early age. We want to inspire and encourage local students as undergraduates that technology is definitely here to stay," he said.

Plans call for next year's program to expand to additional colleges and high schools.