Cloud Apps of the Week: From College to Cancer Cures

Cloud Apps of the Week: From College to Cancer Cures


An erstwhile venture capitalist and experienced college admissions officer in might have just revolutionized the pursuit of higher education, via the cloud.

As a staff member of the MIT Sloan School of Management’s admissions team, Stephen Marcus experienced firsthand the vexing process of reviewing applications for prospective candidates. He invented Matchbox out of his Matchbox corrals and streamlines the data associated with a college application; the application makes data easily accessible on an iPad, widely used by on-the-go admissions pros. The infinite space in the cloud allowsMatchbox to perform this action for every student that applies to a particular school. Before Matchbox, MIT Sloan admissions folk waded through 30 printed paper pages of information per application. vexation with the process.

MIT Sloan receives more than 5,000 applications a year. That’s a sea of paper to wade through monotonously, and forests of trees to mourn.
Matchbox significantly slashes the amount of paper associated with the application process. Wondrously, it also shortens and unscrambles the experience of analyzing an applicant for MIT Sloan suitability. Admissions officers buoyed by Matchbox will find it easier to greet each application with a fresh outlook.

Admissions professionals can subscribe to Matchbox for $200 monthly. Helmsman Marcus plans to widen Matchbox’s reach beyond just MIT Sloan (and also UCLA’s Anderson School of Management) to include other business schools, undergraduate offerings, and similar locales of higher education. Schools looking to impress desirable students with their technological prowess should move on Matchbox before the next application cycle.

Visit: Matchbox Site


The National Institutes of Health has joined forces with IBM to simplify and energize what is a tedious yet essential process for medical researchers: sifting through reams of data to find chemical properties that could revolutionize drug research.

The NIH-IBM collaboration has resulted in SIPP, the Strategic IP Insight Platform, which harnesses IBM’s Smart Cloud software-as-a-service offering. SIPP essentially fuels medical professionals’ search through patents and scientific journals for important chemical structures, existing cancer treatments, and products aimed at consumers.

SIPP’s data encompasses more than 30 million patents and scientific publications produced since 1976. Scientists can upload new findings from their research directly to SIPP’s database through the cloud. In a nifty move, every new piece of chemical information maps out to relevant synonyms and related cases.

Storied medical institutions, such as those of Stanford and UC Berkeley have already employed the SIPP app to successful effect. Yet these are hardly the only collegiate institutions to fish the steady stream of cloud applications for a new and important use.

By Jeff Norman

About Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman is a freelance writer currently based in New York City. He's moved into writing about cloud computing from substantial work in culture and the arts. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Stanford and has studied at Oxford and Cambridge.