Progress® began what we plan to be an ongoing work-based learning partnership in software technologies this week. 30 students from the Apex, NC High School Academy of Information Technology (AIOT) joined Director John Evans to visit the Progress office in Morrisville for their App Development Challenge.
Students toured the Morrisville Data Center, met sales and marketing employees and visited with developers and systems engineers.
Before the main event—a competitive hackathon to build web apps and mobile apps—Apex AIOT learned how to use Progress® Rollbase® to build software applications. Product Marketing Manager Paul Nashawaty explained how the low code, rapid application development Rollbase platform enables developers to make apps by:
Apex AIOT learning low-code development
Apex High School developers present proof of concept apps
Using Rollbase, students embarked on the First Annual AIOT App Development Challenge. Breaking up into two-person teams, the students created 15 proof-of-concept (POC) applications in one marathon, 90-minute session. In a business environment, such POCs could be presented to a customer or development team as prototypes for further collaboration, iteration and discussion before full development.
The app POCs were as varied and inventive as you might imagine. Students employed publicly available data to create applications for a range of uses, including healthcare, lifestyle and education.
Among the standouts:
The enthusiasm and inventiveness displayed by the AIOT students has encouraged Progress to increase efforts to widen this science, technology, electronics and maths (STEM) program to many other cities around the US and the world. Telerik, a Progress company, is embarking on similar programs in Europe in the coming year as well. Said Paul Nashawaty:
Low code development platforms like Rollbase enable young people to bring their ideas to reality quickly. Giving students an early taste of success in STEM topics can only build their enthusiasm for these practical sciences that are so necessary for the future success of us all.
An experienced content and social media marketing professional, Michelle writes frequently about the practical applications of information technology.
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