ICT Program to Host Android App Workshop with Awesome Inc.

Clay Renftle


(February 22, 2016) The Information Communication Technology (ICT) program, housed in the School of Information Science, in the College of Communication and Information, is pleased to announce that Awesome Inc. will lead its “Android App Development” workshop on Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2016. The workshop will serve as a platform for students interested in developing their own mobile app.
“We are very excited to be able to partner with Awesome Inc. to offer our students this wonderful opportunity,” said Will Buntin, assistant director of the School of Information Science. “With this workshop, students will get the chance to work with professionals from Awesome Inc. to help build their skill set and be exposed to the mobile development world.”
Awesome Inc. is a high-tech startup company providing services to establish, grow and connect individuals and companies located in Lexington, KY. They achieve this by hosting community events, leading technology education courses and offering a shared workspace environment.
According to the 2014 Pew Research Internet Project, there are 2.3 million mobile app developers who are dedicated to keeping up with this already booming industry.  The industry will inevitably grow as the amount of smartphone and app users increase.
Nick Such, Director of Awesome Inc. U, the arm of Awesome Inc which exists to help people learn to code, believes that mobile app development strongly impacts today’s environment, especially the professional workforce. Such said, “When nearly 90 percent of your peers carry around a smartphone, today’s college students know the opportunities that come from being able to build mobile apps. Apps are changing industries from healthcare, to journalism and even agriculture. Mobile app development is one of the hottest job skills right now.”
Brian Raney, Co-founder and UK Entrepreneur in Residence of the Innovation Network for Entreprenerual Thinking (iNET) program, will join Such at the workshop. “In just one day, students will have the chance to go from zero to mobile app. The course, taught by Awesome Inc. will lead participants into the world of Android app development, using technologies like Java and XML to build their first app from scratch,” said Such.
The Information Communication Technology (ICT) program at the University of Kentucky encompasses emerging technologies and how they interplay with people, communities, and society.  The program views this workshop as an educational opportunity for ICT majors and prospective majors.
Dr. Jeffrey Huber, Director of the School of Information Science said, “Whether you are interested in Android or Apple platforms, the workshop provides an opportunity to learn firsthand the concepts underlying app development as well as gain hands-on experience.”
The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23. For media inquiries, please contact [email protected] or859-218-2693