mobileUMD

Team Arsenal: mobileUMD

Team Members:

Each team member is invited to join our Facebook & Google Groups where we continuously brew up things to add to our arsenal.

Name
Email
Major
Graduation
Patrick Braken
pbracken1989 at gmail dot com
Computer Science
2011
Pranjal Daterao
pdaterao at umd dot edu
Information Systems
Graduate
Colleen Gulick
cgulick at umd dot edu
Bioengineering
2014
Danny Harvith
harvithd at gmail dot com
Finance & Accounting
2011
Deonna Hodges
dnhodges at gmail dot com
Computer Science
Graduate
Asmi Joshi
asmij89 at gmail dot com
Computer Science
2011
Young Kim
youngkwangk at gmail dot com
Computer Science
2012
Mike Schwartz
mike.s.schwartz at gmail dot com
Economics & Sociology
2011
Jason Scofi
jscofi at umd dot edu
Civil Engineering
2011
Justin Searles
jsearles0619 at gmail dot com
Economics
2011
Vineet Shah
vineet at umd dot edu
Computer Science
2013
Dekunle Somade
somade3 at gmail dot com
Finance
2011

*If team experiences additions, contacts will be added.

Problem:

There are several Web Portals we use everyday but they are scattered which leads to inefficient or lowered usage by users.

Ex: Elms, my.umd.edu, ourumd.com, neverboredUMD.com, Testudo, DOTS even Facebook, Flickr and Twitter.

There has yet to be a centralized location that allows the data driven resources collected by the University of Maryland to be accessed by students, staff, and faculty members.

What if there was one application that had, well...everything?

That's what mobileUMD is all about because not only are we creating this custom tailored centralized location but we're bringing it to your phone.

Target Market:


Our mobile app will initially target iPhone users who attend University of Maryland. Since the Apple iPhone accounts for 24.4% of the mobile market, when scaled to UMD’s 37,146 undergrad & grad population, Team Arsenal’s potential user market is about 9,000 students aged 18-28.

However, ‘visitors’ or non-students can use a lite version of the application that will not require a directory login.


Solution:

The idea is to have one download-able package consisting of 8 smaller, more specific apps.
    • Courses
    • Media (Radio, News, Images)
    • Athletics
    • Directory
    • Emergency
    • Events
    • Maps
    • (mystery/surprise)

Each one will have features relevant to the category.

Risks:


We don't have everything we need yet! There are a few databases and software development kits we need at our fingertips before we see meaningful results. Also we need other developers familiar with Android's SDK. We want to hit both the Android & iPhone markets.




Technology:

Current plans include a native iPhone application, possible extension to a native Android application. Some of the sub-apps may end up being web apps or hybrid apps.

In terms of code, ObjC, Java, MySQL, Javascript, Python, PHP, and HTML/CSS will probably all be used at one point.