As a company with a focus on innovation and progress, we’re naturally always on the look-out for the next big thing. Not just the next big thing in software and technology, but the people who have the potential to revolutionize the worlds of software and technology.
With our commitment to finding and encouraging up and coming talent, we launched the Yottabyte Innovations in Software Scholarship. The scholarship was open to graduate and undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher studying software programming, engineering, or technology at an accredited university in the United States. Applicants were asked to tell us in 1,500 words or less what they think the next, most impactful innovations in software will be. To choose a winner, we took both their essays and their academic record into consideration. One grand prize winner will be awarded $1,000 and a second prize winner will receive $500.
We are proud to announce the first grand prize winner of the Yottabyte Innovations in Software Scholarship is Cory Alford. Cory received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 and is now working towards his Master’s degree in Computer Science through the University of West Georgia’s online Master’s program. He currently lives in Los Angeles and works as a software engineer on defense research projects for the U.S. Government. Corey plans to pursue a Ph.D in Computer Science and would love to work for DARPA in their Information, Innovation, and Cyber department. We certainly admire Cory’s ambition and are very confident we will see great things from him.
As for what Cory envisions as the next, most impactful innovation in software, he sees eliminating the barriers caused by non-standardization and overhead in software development and distribution as the key to unlocking the door to real innovation. He believes in improving the portability of software platforms by streamlining the software transportation network by combining the processes of building, shipping, running, and administration of software distributions.