By: J.D. Ross
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School of Information Studies Ph.D. student Keisuke Inoue has been selected to talk about his mobile app, PsyQic., at the NY Mobile First: App Pitch Showdown in New York City on Monday, December 3.

The free app, which allows users to share predictions on sports, politics, TV shows, movies, business, science, environment, technologies and more, has been available for iOS devices since the beginning of November.

It allows users to compete with others and establish themselves as experts (“PsyQics”) on certain subjects. The application calculates users’ “Qi” scores, which represent their predictive abilities based on the running accuracy of their predictions. Users are then ranked on a leaderboard by their “Qi”.

The App Pitch Showdown is hosted by App Stori and NYC Mobile Apps. AppStori is a crowdsourcing and funding platform that connects mobile app consumers with developers. NYC Mobile Apps is a group that hosts events to inspire, educate, and accelerate the mobile community in New York City. Their focus is iOS and Android development and design.

“This is particularly exciting for PsyQic, because this will be our first public pitching opportunity after our initial launch earlier in this month,” said Inoue. “Of course, the New York City entrepreneur community is one of the most active and interesting communities out there for us now. And App Stori is at the heart of it, trying to grow the community of strong support for mobile app startups. We are very proud to be selected and looking forward to showing our work to the New York City audience.

The App Pitch Showdown will be held at 7:00 pm on December 3 at Alley NYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Floor, New York, NY. Admission is $5.00, and spots can be reserved on Meetup.

500 7th Ave, 17th Floor, New York, NY

The company behind the app, PsyQic Inc., was founded April by Inoue and a team of current and former Syracuse University students. It has received early recognition, including the Goldberg Prize in Technology and Innovation at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s 2012 Panasci Business Plan Competition, Second Prize at the New York State Business Plan Competition, and Syracuse University’s RvD IDEA Award.

PsyQic was a participant in the Syracuse Student Sandbox business incubator in the summer of 2012.