Ever wanted to learn more about how mobile applications can be built? Are you coming from the business sector with questions about how mobile apps can gather the data you need? This half-day training course, run as part of the Leeds Digital Festival 2018, is designed as an introduction to exploring the building blocks of Smartphone apps, the relative merits of different approaches in creating mobile content, and to give you an insight into the technology behind the ever-growing smartphone industry.
In this session the Consumer Data Research Centre will take an introductory look at some of the alternative routes that exist to create mobile content without pre-existing coding skills. Participants will be able to experiment with ways to create the mobile functionality that they need, while reflecting on the pros and cons of the different approaches. Software such as MIT AppInventor, amongst others, allow us to create apps with native functionality, and tools such as PhoneGap allow us to repurpose web content as standalone apps. No prior experience in digital creation is necessary.
Dr Chris Birchall is Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Leeds, programme lead of the BA Digital Media degree and co-convener of the Digital Culture research group in the School of Media and Communication. His background is that of a professional software and web developer, having worked in a variety of positions in IT companies, as a freelancer, in the voluntary sector, the NHS and within Higher Education.
This is an introductory level course, so no prior experience in digital creation is necessary, just keen enthusiasm!