Mobile Activities at Cal Poly
Here is a summary of what I and others have been doing with mobile at Cal Poly.
- Fall 2013: First offerings of 436 Mobile Application Development (official course in the catalog). Two sections of Android version offered. Students paired with Graphic Design students from Art.
- Fall 2013: Dr. John Bellardo teaches 123 Intro to Computing - Mobile with iOS for first time.
- Papyrus featured at Nokia World East where Windows Phone 8 version was announced. Papyrus is created by Steadfast Innovation, LLC whose co-founders are Cal Poly Alum Andrew Hughes and Dr. David Janzen.
- Summer 2013: Mention in USA Today
- Summer 2012: Homeslice forms through HotHouse startup incubator.
- Spring 2013: Jacob Johannesen won first place Innovation Quest award for the Monster Creative app. Jacob started the idea in Dr. Janzen's CSC123 Intro to Computing - Mobile Application Development course in Fall 2012
- Spring 2013: 409 Android taught at Cal Poly; CSC/SE students paired with Graphic Communication students
- Summer 2012: Fireswing Studios forms through HotHouse startup incubator. Cal Poly alums focus on app development with products including "Guidekick" and "Make it Rain".
- Spring 2012: Andrew Hughes wins Honorable Mention for Papyrus, a note-taking app that takes advantage of active pen technology, in the Samsung S-Pen Challenge
- Spring 2012: Reed Morse (Cal Poly alum and co-creator of Punchd) featured in Gmail Tap Google April Fools joke video.
- Winter 2012: Dr. Janzen released Java Essentials for Android online course on udemy.com.
- Fall 2012: Dr. John Bellardo at Apple for one-year sabbatical to work on iOS pedagogical materials.
- Fall 2011: Dr. Janzen released Daily Glub Glub Android app with his 15-year-old son Alex.
- Fall 2011: Dr. Janzen taught CSC123 Introduction to Computing: Mobile for the second time
- Summer 2011: Dr. Janzen interviewed for article in Popular Mechanics.
- Summer 2011: Punchd acquired by Google. (see Punchd, TechCrunch,
CENG, Tribune, Mustang Daily). Congratulations to the Punchd team! Reed and Grantland created Punchd in the first Android course at Cal Poly, then created the iPhone version and the web backend in a senior project with Dr. Janzen. Kareem Nassar joined Punchd and did his senior project on Punchd with Dr. Janzen in Winter/Spring 2011.
- Spring 2011: Dr. Bellardo taught on iOS course at Cal Poly using a new lab of computers and devices donated by Apple.
- Winter 2011: Dr. Janzen taught the upper-level Android Course.
Intuit sponsored the contest with Motorola Xoom's going to the authors of "Where's My Book", Kindle's going to the authors of "SLO Bus Tracker", and Best Buy gift cards going to authors of "Roomie Tab". Check out
the story in the Mustang Daily
- Winter 2011: Dr. Janzen received a Google Faculty Research Award including 45 Android devices
and funds to develop Android labs in WebIDE.
- Fall 2010: Dr. Janzen received a grant from Google to develop course materials for App Inventor.
Adam Deets made significant contributions. One tutorial is based on the work of two students in the CSC123 course (Matthew Bague and Saul Villatoro).
- Fall 2010: Android labs see 100K pageviews in first three months.
- Fall 2010: Dr. Janzen taught a new course: CSC123 Introduction to Computing: Mobile
Check out ads for their apps.
The first five weeks focused on App Inventor for Android (Project 1). The second five weeks focused on Java and the Android SDK (Project 2).
- Summer/Fall 2010: Thomas Dvornik with Dr. Janzen and Dr. Clements developed WebIDE, a platform for doing programming
labs on the web. Thomas developed one Android lab in WebIDE.
- Summer 2010: Dr. Janzen taught an online version of the Android course at Cal Poly.
- Spring 2010: Reed Morse and Grantland Chew worked with Dr. Janzen in their senior project to create an iPhone version of their Punchd app
- Spring 2010: Andrew Clark created sample apps for learning Android.
- Winter 2010: Dr. Janzen taught the first Android course at Cal Poly.
Check out the ads for the student apps.
Congratulations to Alyssa Daw and Kevin Finn for winning the Level-Studios award for best Android app.
Congratulations to Thomas Dvornik and Aleksander Movsesyan for winning the Skyhook Wireless best geo-location app using Skyhook Wireless.
Congratulations to Reed Morse and Grantland Chew who are transforming their app, Punchd, into a startup company.
Students were featured on the local TV station and in the Mustang Daily.
- Fall 2009/Winter 2010: James Reed (with Dr. Janzen) developed a set of Android labs that were
contributed to Google Code University.
- Summer 2009: Dr. David Janzen and Dr. Chris Lupo were awarded a
Google Faculty Research Award including 24 G1 Android phones and
funds to develop labs for an Android course (Dr. Janzen) and to
support an interdisciplinary senior project with Android (Dr. Lupo).