University of Toronto mobile app development

A year ago, I was like Mum in this exchange:Well, okay, maybe a more like a year and a half ago.

However, in tune with my exploration of all things Techie on campus, this week I’d like to focus Mobile Application Development at U of T.

Mobile App Development is – yup, you guessed it - the process of developing user-friendly applications that can be used on smartphones and other platforms. There are actually many mobile applications being developed right at this moment at U of T. It seems as though students, seeking solutions to common user problems that they face at U of T, are developing apps that make U of T more student –friendly.

Not much has changed since then (my techie idol is still Pac Man)For instance, Rashid Ali from UTSC developed, an app that allows students to find available study space, printers or workstations on campus. Perfectly handy on those busy days when it seems as though every (yes, every) space in the library is taken.

Study Space Spotter- for days when the library looks like this:

In fact, students at UTSC have made great strides in terms of creating apps. Waqas Nawaz, Mohammad Azmi and Neil Mendonca from UTSC developed an app that connects students with food on campus. doesn’t only list which foods are available on campus, it also allows you to search for foods by keyword and even rate food on a five-star scale.

is a new space (it opened in October 2012) that provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty to come together and develop new ideas, whether they are mobile apps, novel technologies or social innovations.

I hear you thinking: that’s what’s up at UTSC. What’s going on at St. George??

My thoughts exactly. So I did some looking around at what we’re up to on our end. It seems to me that U of T St. George has fascinating pockets of Mobile App Development going on, along with other spaces that foster innovation.


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