SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Instagram. Snapchat. Yik Yak. Who knows where the next big mobile app will come from? That’s why the David Eccles School of Business and Microsoft have teamed up to provide an opportunity for young developers to launch their ideas.
Students who have an idea for a mobile app are invited to participate in the Microsoft Mobile Application & Analytics Challenge, kicking off in early March. The Challenge includes three class periods at the Eccles School of Business over a five-week period where students learn about Microsoft’s mobile platform and present and refine their apps. University of Utah students and top high school students are encouraged to participate.
The apps students develop will be available for download on the Windows Phone Store.
Randy Guthrie, an academic developer evangelist for Microsoft Corporation, will be the course instructor, helping students learn how to use Microsoft’s TouchDevelop Platform.
The challenge is broken down into three phases:
- Orientation and training (March 9-11) – Guthrie will teach students how to use the tools to create their apps.
- Lab time (March 23-27) – The Eccles School will provide computer lab time for students to work on their apps with help available from both Guthrie and teaching assistants.
- Analytics discussion and wrap-up (April 13-15) – Guthrie will discuss analytics using data from the students’ apps.
Students who want to apply for the challenge should visit bit.ly/umicrosoftchallenge15 to register. There are 800 slots available, and they will fill quickly. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Randy Guthrie
Guthrie is an academic developer evangelist for Microsoft Corporation. In this role, Guthrie provides academic and research support to faculty and students at schools in the southwestern portion of the United States. Prior to his working at Microsoft, Guthrie was a professor at California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, where he taught software engineering, programming and information systems courses. Before his appointment at Cal Poly, Guthrie spent 13 years working for the Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he was a contract manager on the Stealth Bomber project, a project manager and financial analyst. Guthrie currently resides in the Denver, Colorado, area where he likes to ski, bike ride and hike.
About the David Eccles School of Business
Founded in 1917 in Salt Lake City, the David Eccles School of Business has programs in entrepreneurship, technology innovation and venture capital management. It launched the country’s largest student-run venture capital fund with $18.3 million and is home to the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and the Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation. Approximately 4,500 students are enrolled in its undergraduate, graduate and executive degree programs. For more information, visit business.utah.edu or call 801-581-7676.