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.
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.
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.
iOS: Nate Birkholz, Jake Hawken, and Randall Leung
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.
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).
Word of Mouth
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.
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.
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.
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.