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Official Michigan iPhone App Serves Up Campus Info - and Has Roots as a CSE Student Project
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The Michigan app and original student programmers Mark Yang and Kevin Chan

With a few taps on an iPhone, you can now search for someone in the U-M directory, navigate campus, access the Magic Bus system, and even check out what's being served in the dining halls. Designed to connect students, faculty, and staff, Michigan is a free iPhone app that provides access to news, events, and other university information. Michigan and the Mobile Center, a new website with mobile resources, were created by Information and Technology Services (ITS) to encourage and support mobile computing needs at U-M.

The Michigan app began life as a student-designed app called iWolverine, which was built by CSE students Kevin Chan and Mark Yang as a project in Elliot Soloway's EECS 498 Mobile App Development class in Winter 2010 (both have since graduated). Information and Technology Services, which had plans to develop an app for Michigan, purchased iWolverine in March 2010. "Mark and Kevin had an excellent start on a general U-M app with iWolverine. Their app allowed us to jump start our development," said Cassandra Carson, mobile applications product manager at ITS.

The app allows users to:

  • Navigate campus locations
  • View Magic Bus current location, routes, and schedules
  • Read the University Record, Record Update, U-M News Service, Michigan Today and Michigan Daily
  • Search the U-M directory and automatically add contacts directly to your cell phone
  • Check out what's being served in the dining halls
  • See what events are happening on campus
  • Connect to iTunesU

Download:

Get the Michigan app for free from iTunes

More Info:

U-M News Service: Michigan iPhone App Offers Access to Range of Campus Information

U-M News Service: Michigan Students Create iPhone App to Provide Campus Information


Posted: July 6, 2010