Hybrid Mobile App “How To” Session Kicks-Off Software Development Formation

PROVIDENCE, RI – Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s IT and Bioscience industry association, announces the formation of its Software Development Committee and forum series. Created from the demand and insights of the RI technology community, the series will offer network-building, best practice sharing, and exploration of the latest software technologies and focus areas.

The Software Development Forum Series kicked-off with a session on “How to Create and Deploy a Mobile App” held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Eleven Forty Nine restaurant in East Greenwich. Using hybrid mobile development, the session took an interactive look into the process and coding of creating cross-platform mobile apps that can be placed in all app marketplaces (Apple, Android, etc.). Key software technologies discussed included Adobe PhoneGap, jQuery Mobile, HTML5, and Apache Cordova.

Future topics will be determined by the Software Development Committee, comprised of industry experts and practitioners from RI-based companies.

“Last December, some of us approached Tech Collective with a need to build stronger community and support for the state’s software development professionals,” said Jim McAssey, chairman of the Software Development Committee and Vice President of Brave River Solutions. “As we began brainstorming topics for our first event, it was clear everyone on the committee was dealing with the opportunities and challenges of mobile development. Hybrid development holds potential for rapid development of mobile apps combined with overall lower cost of ongoing maintenance. Our first session was a strong beginning to the Software group and we look forward to exploring additional software technology and industry topics.”

“This initiative came about because of the needs voiced by our members,” said Giselle Mahoney, manager of communications and media relations for Tech Collective. “Working together with the state’s software development leaders and practitioners, the launch of the Software Development Committee and forum track is an important networking and educational resource to foster the growth of this industry field. Tech Collective is so proud to have such an approachable and collaborative relationship with our members and the RI tech industry as a whole.”

For more information and to attend Software Development forums, visit www.tech-collective.org.

About Software Development Committee and Forum Series:
As a supporting program in-line with the Tech Collective’s mission to inspire, engage, educate and employ a burgeoning technological and knowledge economy in Rhode Island, the Software Development Committee and forum series specifically focus on providing area software development professionals an environment for knowledge sharing and technology awareness with local focus. This is achieved through a broad program of offerings including peer networking events, learning opportunities, and building community for software development professionals.

About Tech Collective:
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Bioscience and Information Technology Industry Association. Uniting industry, government and academic stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate and employ a high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $8M in federal, state and private grant funding to foster industry and workforce awareness, collaboration, and development through forums and initiatives including: Tech10, GRRL Tech, Women in Technology, Bio-Ed, and STEM-based education and training programs for K-16 students as well as incumbent and transitioning workers. Get connected to Tech Collective at www.tech-collective.org, on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI), Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Linkedin (Tech Collective).

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