Carry the UW in your hand

mobileuwThe UW is a big uni­ver­sity, but it can fit in your hand. At least, it will soon; the University’s first offi­cial iPhone appli­ca­tion will be released in Sept.

Excite­ment over the “Mobile UW” appli­ca­tion (com­monly called an “app”) is grow­ing. Evi­dence of that fact can be seen in the more than 500 entries in just three days by the Uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity in the “name-the-app” con­test. The free app should have quite an audi­ence when it becomes avail­able. Usage sta­tis­tics show that iPhones or iPod Touches com­prise over 30% of devices on the UW’s wire­less net­work. (And that data was from Sept. 2008; with the pop­u­lar­ity of the lat­est iPhone model, released last month, that per­cent­age may be even higher.) Those using non-Apple mobile devices won’t be left out in the cold, of course. A mobile-optimized web­site con­tain­ing much of the same infor­ma­tion will launch shortly afterward.

The app will bring UW news, sports head­lines and game updates, cam­pus map, and course cat­a­log infor­ma­tion together under a uni­fied inter­face. The data behind these fea­tures are the real stars of the show, how­ever. Writ­ing, test­ing, and deploy­ing the addi­tional resources in the Stu­dent Web Ser­vices nec­es­sary for the app is a major achieve­ment accom­plished in very short order. The Office of the Uni­ver­sity Reg­is­trar (OUR) would like to con­grat­u­late and thank our part­ners in the Office of Infor­ma­tion Man­age­ment for their efforts of those bring­ing this project to fruition.

4 thoughts on “Carry the UW in your hand

  1. Alan

    These apps are really cool, saves you car­ry­ing all kinds of guides and stuff around with you, a cou­ple of touches on the screen and whal­lop, it’s all there for you. Wel­come to the future!

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