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The Buzz About Mobile Apps

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There's a lot of buzz in ITN's region about the development and use of applications for mobile devices, AKA Mobile Apps.  We paid attention to your interest with a forum on Mobile Applications on February 6 at Lebanon Valley College.


An audience of business people, faculty researchers and students heard a presentation on the Mobile Apps Economy (view article) and how we can develop a Mobile Apps economy in southcentral PA.  Next, Paul Bodell, CEO of EC Key, a Lancaster company, explained how his company is using smart phones to deliver his company's product, an electronic access system as part of a home's or business' security system.  He talked about his company's needs for additional application development as his products roll out.

Dr. Joel Kline of LVC described his institution's program of digital communications, which combines computer science, graphic design, and communication skills, with working in a multidisciplinary team environment.  His program's goal is to ensure that graduates have not only technical skills (that may become obsolete), but also interactive skills and a habit of life-long learning that will always be in demand.

Dr. Roger Webster of Millersville University talked about specific technical issues he has seen in developing applications for both the Android vs. the iPhone how he teaches mobile application development in the Google vs. Apple environment.  He has developed numerous mobile applications for which he receives revenue; his experiences in dealing with both Google and Apple are very helpful to his students in learning what works and what doesn't when dealing with these two companies.

There were lots of questions to the presenters and lots of discussion after the forum.  The energy that was obvious in the room fuels ITN's interest in taking this topic area to the next steps, about which we want your opinion.  A very short survey that polls your interest in several topics has been sent to those who registered for the forum.  Please take a moment to complete it.  Results will be shared with the forum and applied to select topics for our next meeting.

Contact our team at itnwk@psu.edu to learn more about Mobile Apps happenings at ITN.