By Sarah June FischerDecember 6, 2014

JavaScript and iOS Students Team Up to Create 9 Apps in 1 Week

One week is not a lot of time for a handful of developers to brainstorm, build, test, debug, and present a brand new app, but that's exactly what we ask our Development Accelerator students to do. Twice.

Each Development Accelerator involves six weeks of instruction, homework, and workshops, and two weeks of building a fully-functioning project. The rhythm is three weeks of class instruction and lab time, one week of project work, three more weeks of more class instruction and lab time, and a final week of projects.

Sometimes students in separate Development Accelerators decide to team up, which is the approach that students in our recent Full-Stack JavaScript and iOS Development Accelerators decided to take. The JavaScript class had just finished studying Node.js and back-end web development and were approaching their first project week when they teamed up with the iOS students, who were brainstorming ideas for their final projects in week eight. JavaScript developers created the back-end and provided an API to the iOS developers, who built a mobile app with the data. Here are the projects they built and presented at the end of one week.

Hey You

JavaScript: Charles Renwick, Cameron Yee, and Paul Laskowski

iOS: Cameron Klein and William Richman

Synopsis: Hey You brings the Missed Connections of Craigslist to mobile, offering users a way to share the story of their missed connection, plus the location where it happened.

Hey You!

I’m In!

JavaScript: Brent Parrish and Jacob Shafer

iOS: Matthew Brightbill and Sam Wong

Synopsis: Have you ever had a hard time keeping track of who RSVPed to an event? I’m In! makes it easy to track who responded to a text event invitation by tracking who responded and how (e.g. yes or no), ending your days of scrolling through old group texts to find who can actually make it to game night on Saturday.

LocalStory

JavaScript: Gabe Medrash and James Hurliman

iOS: Nate Birkholz, Jake Hawken, and Randall Leung

Synopsis: This team of JavaScript and iOS developers created a mobile app that they described as “PostSecret with a geographic overlay.” With the app, users can post photos with a location, title, and description, and other users can see photos based on pins on a map.

Concierge

JavaScript: Mark Harrell, Chareesa Graham, and Joe Elsey

iOS: Vincent Lee

Synopsis: Concierge merges the idea of rideshare apps with the convenience of a personal assistant. Users can request a wake-up call at a certain time, and an autoreminder is sent to the Concierge to call the user. What if the Concierge fails to make the call? No problem—the team built in a fail-safe that sends an autocall to the user if the Concierge misses their reminder.

Musicholic

JavaScript: Simon Kim and Joe Teo

iOS: Jeff Chavez and Parker Lewis

Synopsis: What does your new favorite song say about you? Use your music taste to decide what you should order at the bar. Musicholic takes the song you’re tapping your foot to and returns what drink suits your personality (or at least your music preference).

Musicholic

Word of Mouth

JavaScript: Jake Yang and Taiga Matsumoto

iOS: Tuan Vu, Joshua Sacks, and Kori Kolodziejczak

Synopsis: Yelp helps you decide on a restaurant, but how do you know which specific menu items are worth ordering? Enter Word of Mouth, the app that includes the specifics of a restaurant’s menu items and lets users rate dishes to let others what’s worth ordering.

Swap Meet

JavaScript: Linda Mummy and Karl Gentner

iOS: Alex Gordiyenko, Reid Weber, and Kevin Pham

Synopsis: Clean out your video game cabinet and add some new titles to your collection. Swap Meet lets you post the photo, title, condition, and description of the video game you are willing to trade, or post the title and condition of the one you want. The app pairs you with someone who has the game you want, or wants the game you have.

Work-Whenever

JavaScript: William Huang and Hiroshi Nagata

iOS: Brian Mendez and Joshua Winskill

Synopsis: Find the coffee shops nearby that has the best wifi, parking, and seating with Work-Wherever. Users submit their Wi-Fi speed at the coffee shop, and fill in info on sparking and seating to give other users a heads up on the best spots to get online.

PlantAlert

JavaScript: Stephanie Lingwood, Christian Townsdin, and Scott Burbidge

iOS: Casey White and Tina Fu

Synopsis: With the tagline, “Protecting Our Users’ Precious Commodities!” PlantAlert tracks current and forecasted temperatures of a specified city, and alerts users three days ahead of time that a frost is coming. Users have time to prep their plants for winter before it’s too late.