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GA + HPE Haven OnDemand Hackathon: An Android Hackathon

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This past weekend marked General Assembly and HPE Haven OnDemand’s first ever Android Hackathon open to current students and alumni of GA. Tasked with creating an Android app with three views and using at least one of Haven OnDemand’s APIs, five teams set out on this journey filled with pizza, tacos, coffee, and even some breakdancing!

The event began Friday night with a casual social mixer followed by a workshop given by the one, and only, Phong. After an interesting, uncontested, breakdancing battle, participants left for the night to get some rack before the long weekend. Hackers arrived early Saturday morning to pitch ideas they wanted to work on and form teams. Once these were set, hackers worked through the weekend overcoming pitfalls, learning a few things here and there about project management and timing, and building some pretty sweet Android apps.

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Students Help Beer App Barly Find a Smooth Finish

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Craft beer rating app, Barly, recently released new features that shift the focus from simple ratings to smart recommendations that learn your taste in beer over time. The founding team at Barly started as a group of musicians who appreciate a frosty beverage, but after one fateful round of drinks, they realized that most beer menus are hard to decipher for the casual beer drinker. Nick Norton, Craig Vermeyen, Mike Weil, and Hunter Knight moved quickly to create an app, sourcing expertise to get their idea off the ground, including help from UXDI students at General Assembly’s Los Angeles campus.

Students in the User Experience Design Immersive work on client projects as part of the curriculum to gain real world experience using their new skills. Aaron Barnes, Samantha Burke, and Ken Sugai were assigned to work with the app.

For Barly CEO Nick Norton, it was an easy decision to go with the students at General Assembly. “They were great. Sam, Aaron, and Ken put in so much work over a short period, and were clearly excited to be working on this project,” he said.

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Alumni App, Splittable, Lands $1.2M to Ease Your Roommate Expenses

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When Nick Katz started our part-time Digital Marketing course in London, he immediately became immersed in the network of GA students that would go on to become his co-founders. After completing the course, Katz teamed up with fellow graduates to create an app, Splittable, to help anyone who lives with housemates and has shared expenses.

Splittable launched in the summer of 2015 and the team has now closed their first, seed investment round from some of London’s leading tech VCs and angels, including Seedcamp, Playfair Capital, and Lord David Young. They are also backed by the Mayor of London’s Co-Investment Fund.

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Make Your App A Viral Hit in 5 Simple Steps

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Tyler Swartz is a graduate of General Assembly and the creator of Bar Roulette. You can follow him @TylerSwartz on Twitter.

Bar Roulette is my first web app. Last year I decided to learn how to code beyond the free code academy courses and signed up for front-end web development at General Assembly. I loved it and as soon as I finished I took the back-end web development course to learn Ruby on Rails. My decision to build Bar Roulette was a result of Uber releasing a new ride request API and the need to pick a final project for my General Assembly class. Uber also had an online hackathon and I thought that deadline would help give me an extra push.

Initial sketches of the user experience.

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We’re Building a New Mobile App, and We Want Your Help

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We’re building our first community-driven mobile app, and we’re looking for awesome curators to help us make it great.

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Eye on Alumni: Charlotte Chen, CMO of Spottly

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Charlotte Chen is the Co-Founder and CMO of Spottly, a travel journal app that’s been featured in the LA Times and Tech in Asia. Charlotte is also a graduate of our Digital Marketing Course in Hong Kong where she created Spottly’s digital marketing plan. We caught up with Charlotte on all of the exciting things Spottly has been up to.

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What is Spottly?

Spottly is a location-based social travel app for people to discover and create awesome travel guides of places you’ve been to or places you want to go to. If you’re a wanderer, explorer or dreamer – we put a world of amazing destinations in your back pocket. Our offices are based in Hong Kong and we’ve been seed invested by 500Startups. Continue reading

Android, iOS, or Windows: Which Mobile Development Platform is Right For Your App?

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Understanding-Mobile-User-ExperienceWhen you set out to build a mobile app, one of the first things you will need to decide is just what kind of app to build. Should you build an app for the iPhone? What about the Android? Should you forego a traditional app, and bet it all on a HTML-based web app?

In this post, I’m going to walk you across the mobile development landscape, and share the lessons I’ve learned to help you decide the right mobile platform for your app.

Build Native, or Go Web-Based?

When you think of a mobile app, you are likely envisioning an app you download via a marketplace like Apple’s iTunes. Apps like these are called ‘native’ apps, because they live on your phone, and run directly atop your smartphone’s operating system.

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