October 27, 2015

UC Berkeley Student Technology Council Launches 

a New Way to Promote Student-Developed Apps

The Student Technology Council (STC) is excited to announce the launch of Mobile App Distribution (MAD). MAD is a venue for student developers to release and promote their UC Berkeley-centric mobile applications on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store under UC Berkeley’s official accounts. This opportunity will closely link student developers with the STC for the promotion and success of their apps to better the campus technology landscape. 

The STC believes this opportunity will inspire a new wave of innovative, student-initiated, and student-developed apps specifically designed for the ever-changing and important mobile landscape students traverse today. MAD offers student developers a chance to have their apps recognized and showcased for the Berkeley community and world to see. Student Developers may submit their mobile apps to the STC anytime during the school year for distribution.

The first apps that piloted the program are now available to students for download. SchedShare (iOS & Android), developed by sophomores Nikhil Mishra and Nikhil Rao, is described by the pair “as the missing app for Berkeley students that provides them with instant access to campus resources.” StudyWithMe! (iOS), aims to help students find study groups and get to know their classmates better. Developers Alice Liu and Kevin Casey explain, “Our goal with this app is to help students study better, so we are very excited to distribute our app to UC Berkeley students.” SecureMe (Android), developed by senior Jack Chou, helps student secure their phones with a simple setup. Students are encouraged to download all the apps and share their feedback with the developers and the STC.Visit stc.berkeley.edu/mad for more information. 

The Student Technology Council (STC) is an 11-member student led organization that was founded in 2009 as an advisory board to the Office of the CIO. Since its formation, the STC has voiced student opinions and tackled new technology initiatives such as the Student Technology Fee Referendum, student representation on the SIS Replacement Project, and workshops with Adobe software. Mobile App Distribution is run by the Student Technology Council in partnership with campus Information Services and Technology (IST). 

Visit stc.berkeley.edu/mad.