12 Life Saving Smartphone Apps for Students

If you’re a college student, sometimes you need all the help you can get. Juggling your studies with the rest of your life might often seem like an insurmountable struggle. Having to manage your budget as well as your time becomes a challenge that can make anyone feel like they’re reaching their limits. Thankfully, in this day and age, you have more help than ever before – and it’s all one touch away on your smartphone or tablet! Here are 12 life-saving apps- six for iOS and six for Android- to help make college a breeze. None of these apps cost more than $5, and most of them are completely free! [Read more...]

App Camp in Chesapeake, Virginia

Virginian-Pilot Reporter Hattie Brown Garrow came to cover ECPI’s App Camp at the Chesapeake Conference Center today. In conjunction with the Chesapeake Technology Business Consortium and Chesapeake Public Schools, the university is providing instruction during a week-long, intensive course on mobile apps.

Students participating in this free program learn how to build an app, develop solutions for potential problems and create graphics for the interface. Led by ECPI University Associate Dean of Education Technology Gerry White, they will also learn how to make a basic game for mobile devices that is downloadable so they can play it with their friends.

The ultimate goal, however, is to ignite student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by making these subjects fun. “You never know, this sort of experience just might lead a student down a very rewarding career path,” says White. “When you show them the practical applications of something they once considered abstract, it creates a fertile ground for learning.”

ECPI Students Participate in Dominion Enterprises Hackathon

Two ECPI University Students – Chris Meier and Doug Walters – were among eight students selected from four colleges and universities to participate in Dominion Enterprises’ (DE) Annual Hackathon. The competition is designed to challenge students to create new and innovative Facebook applications.

Hackathon participants devoted two days to building apps using technology from Facebook, Heroku and DE’s own diverse group of online brands. They worked alongside programmers, product developers, and marketing staff from DE, representing market-leading brands such as For Rent, Homes.com, Boats.com, Cycle Trader, Powersports Network, and The Employment Guide.

Doug Walters Team – Foxtrot Bravo – won Most Market Ready and Best in Show. They built a Facebook app called “Plan and Post” that allows you to schedule birthday wishes for friends, in case you don’t sign in on a given day to say “Happy Birthday.”