JMU Student Develops New Search Engine

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HARRISONBURG (WHSV) -- An area college student wins thousands of dollars for his innovative idea when it comes to searching the Internet.

The new search engine is called Oaddo. It was developed by JMU student, Tim Borny as part of his capstone project with the university. The idea earned him about $10,000 in prize money.

It was all part of the "Dream It. Code It. Win It." competition sponsored by the MIT Club of New York.

What makes his search engine so innovative is the way it helps you look up content you never would even think to type into Google, Yahoo, or Bing when it comes to researching a subject.

He says he was pretty surprised to even be considered for the award.

"I was pretty surprised. I didn't have any idea of what to expect. I didn't know how many people had entered. I had no idea what other people's projects were. It felt good, of course," Borny shared.

Just because he graduated from JMU with all this success, it doesn't mean he's done innovating. Borny says he plans to head to California. There he has a teaching fellowship with another university.