April 25, 2012

Cover Story

CEO of the Year

Utah’s business landscape is rich with professionals who have le...Read More

Featured Articles

Did you go Skiing this winter?

Around Utah


Martin Plaehn

Karen Sendelback

Legal Briefs
Social Media and Employers: Friends or Enemies?

Money Talk
The Case for HSAs

Economic Insight
Time to Show Up

Lessons Learned
Make a Move

In the Lab

Rent to Own

Business Trends
Back from the Dead

Executive Living
Artful Inspiration

A Breath of Fresh Air

Worst-Case Scenario

Regional Report
Northern Utah

Measure Up

Industry Outlook
Travel & Tourism



U of U School of Computing Shows Off Student Apps

Heather Stewart

April 25, 2012

On Tuesday, students in an iPad programming class at the University of Utah demonstrated apps ranging from a program to track pushups to an app that allows car salespeople to access trade-in information in the palms of their hands. Mobile Application Demo Day let the public—including potential employers—get a first-hand look at the computing talent at the university.

Jeremy Assayah, software engineer and iOS expert at Software Technology Group, said he was impressed with the technical skill exhibited by the students. “Some of [the apps] may not look as polished, but I can tell how complex they really are,” he said.

“Apps have really captured the imagination of our whole generation,” said instructor Lorenzo Swank, a teaching fellow who is also a partner at Pixio Software. “People hope to hit the jackpot with something big, like Angry Birds…or Instagram.”

Several of the student apps are already available in the App Store, including an app called Math MPK, which provides math tutoring and exercises for students with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.

Student Michael Daniels partnered with a graphic designer and a student finishing a degree in special education to develop the app. Based on math curriculum for special needs children, the app helps tutors, instructors or parents track a child’s progress on math problems.

Other apps included a wedding planning tool, a program that can help users build new habits or remember tasks, and an app that pulls from several NASA databases from the Earth Observatory to create graphical displays of the data.

Swank says the ability to create apps is now essential for computing students. “This field is just growing tremendously.”


Utah Business Social
UB Events View All
Content Marketing BootcampUtah Business Event
Oct 28, 2014
Please join Utah Business Magazine and Adobe, along with our other sponsors: Boostability, Right ...
Sustainable Business Awards 2014Utah Business Event
Nov 13, 2014
Utah Business magazine along with presenting sponsor Big D Construction, is pleased to announce t...
Best Companies to Work For 2014Utah Business Event
Dec 11, 2014
Utah Business magazine along with our sponsors Diversified Insurance and Miller Motor Sports Park...
Community Events View All
Tax Free Fund For Utah Shareholder Meeting
Oct 28, 2014
Sen. Lyle Hillyard, prominent lawmaker and locally-based Trustee of Aquila Tax-Free Fund For Utah...
Meet the Money
Oct 28, 2014
The Utah Small Business Development Center's Meet the Money People event will introduce you to cu...

info@utahbusiness.com  |  90 South 400 West, Ste 650 Salt Lake City, Utah 84101   |  (801) 568-0114

Advertise with Utah Business

Submit an Event

* indicates required information
* Event Name:
Price (general):
Website (if applicable):
Coordinator's Name:
Coordinator's Email:
Coordinator's Phone:
Venue Name:
Venue Address:
Venue City:
Venue Zip:
Event Capacity:
* Event Description: